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Laser cutter

My dad has an old plotter that I plan on converting into a laser cutter, and I was wondering how powerful the laser needs to be in order to cut thin metal (its ok if it can do it in multiple passes). Where could I get a cheap one? Thanks LinuxH4x0r

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Laser cutter

I was wondering where people in the UK get there laser cutting done? Every other instructable worth doing seems to be done on a laser cutter. so where might i be able to get some work done?

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laser cutters

Hi wondering if anyone could help me have a luifure laser cutter 40w which we have just purchases software CorelDraw and laser draw 2013 came with it but the laserdraw 2013 wont load onto my daughters laptop also we did not receive a English maual with it so basically don't have a clue what we r doing any help would be greatly appreciated or we r from fmaesteg south wales so does anyone know of someone who could set it up for us thanks

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Laser cutter

What is the best laser colour to cut balsa,lite ply,and bass wood for a CNC

Question by TerryE39    |  last reply


Laser Cutter

Would anybody be willing to source and build the parts for https://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-cutter-start-slicing-stuff-for-under-50-dol/?ALLSTEPS . I would be willing to pay up to half of the price of the parts or up to about $150

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Laser cutter party!

Here's an awesome idea - host a laser-cutter party. Somebody with a laser cutter lets people bring their ideas and designs to make and show off. At this one in New York, they even made the snacks on the cutter...

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Laser Cutter Advice

Hi all, I am looking at buying a 2nd hand Versalaser VL-200 laser cutter. It has the air filter base. The unit was made in 2006. I do not know much about these things yet. Can anyone offer any thoughts, opinions or pearls of wisdom before I spend lots of my hard earned cash? Thanks in advance, Wayne.

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In search of Laser Cutter

Hello! I've seen a ton of cool projects utilizing laser cutters/cnc machines, but the problem is that nobody in my area seems to have one/they are much to expensive for a college student to afford. I'm looking for someone with access to one that would be able to run a project or two through the machine if I paid for supplies and shipping. I want to continue creating and hopefully can overcome the challenge to do so. If you or someone you know could help me please let me know! Raleigh

Topic by Raleighup    |  last reply


Laser Cutter Questions

A place to post questions for the substantial number of people here who seem to have experience with laser cutting machines.

Topic by westfw    |  last reply


The lure of the laser cutter

Keeps me coming back for more! I don't even know how to use one. But I do have projects that would utilize the laser cutter. I plan on submitting either 1 or 2 and I think people will love em. Look forward to seeing the amazing ones, the ones cast a light on things you've never even thought of or noticed before, like EMP shopping cart locker.

Topic by FreakCitySF    |  last reply


Laser Cutter Origami

The New Yorker printed an article about engineer/physicist turned professional origami artist Robert Lang. He's dropped by Instructables/Squid Labs to use the laser cutter to score curves otherwise impossible to fold; it's some neat stuff. This spawned a comment thread on using origami techniques to mold concrete for the Universal Nut Sheller. (Scroll up one comment for first post in the thread.)I don't know how long the article will be available, so here's the laser cutter's cameo:One clear, chilly day not long ago, I met Lang at Squid Labs, a high-tech research-and-development company headquartered in an enormous concrete building that used to be part of the Alameda Naval Air Station, near Oakland. Lang and his wife and their teen-age son live about twenty miles east of Oakland, in a comfortable ranch-style house that has a separate studio building in the back yard, where Lang works amid a clutter of math books, seashell guides, computers, and a menagerie of paper animals. He was spending the day at Squid Labs to use its industrial laser cutter to help him crease paper for some complex folds. He said that he may be the first origami artist to use a laser cutter, which he dials down to a smidgen of its power, so that it scores the paper rather than slices it. Lang was working on paper prototypes for two commissions: one for an interior-design piece to be made of metal, another for a leather fashion accessory, and on a design he was making for himself, which he didn't want to describe, in case he jinxed it. All three of the designs were so intricate that it would have taken him hours just to crease the paper in preparation for the final folds. He was using large squares of tweedy-looking mauve Hanji paper from Korea, which is sturdy but still slightly translucent, like the flesh of a fish.

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Great Laser Cutter Usage

Nothing says "I love you and I want to live with you forever" better than laser-cut foamcore.Note: This is not me. full storyvia digg

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


Ideas for the laser-cutter contest

I don't have the time or materials or I would attempt it myself. What I'd like to see is a laser cutter mounted to a line-following robot. It could be made to cut out designs you've drawn on various media. Whether it was cutting cloth or stone, I think it would be a great innovation and I'd love to see someone successfully build one. Another fun idea would be a laser-cutter-brander. It would be a predesigned mark cut with a single, stationary laser (or laser assembly rather). It could be used to put your mark on wood, plastic, etc. Better than heating up a piece of steel, I'd reckon. I just figured I'd post a couple suggestions, since I seriously doubt I'll be able to put anything together, especially within the timeframe. Please PM me if you make one of these, cause I'd love to see how you do it. Anyone else have an idea that you may not get to actualize?

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CNC Miller as a laser cutter

I have a theory that I would think should work, but opinions are good. If I was to get a powerful laser diode, like 300mw, and machine out a holding device for it to go into a CNC millers collet, then wired it up to a power supply, and put it in a CNC machine.... Would I have a half ass laser etcher? I would have to manually turn the laser on or off, and the feed would have to be really slow, but would I be at least able to engrave stuff?

Topic by cvxdes    |  last reply


Laser cutter software issue

I use a laser cutter that runs on LaserCut 5.3 To create my files, I draw in Inkscape, save as a DXF file, then import that into Lasercut5.3 Unfortunately, importing into LaserCut5.3 creates artifacts in my files - polygons are created where none were before, and lines are invisibly doubled up, meaning that the laser cuts some lines twice, which wastes time, energy, and can spoil a project if a line goes too deep. Two typical examples are below. In an ideal world, the "e" would come out as two continuous lines (inside & outside).  Intead, it comes out as three lines, and the straight parts of the lines are "doubled over" - it cuts twice. Where two or more straight lines are contiguous, like the "k", the sections gain extra lines that break it up into smaller polygons. (I have shown the extra lines in red). Both cases are fixable, on a file-by-file basis, but, in the clunky LaserCut5.3, the fix can take longer than the original design. Has anybody else experienced this issue, and how did you fix it?

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


Chinese laser cutter repair

Anyone in Boston area able to provide or know of a source for service for these chinese made machines. We are a public high school, with an 8 thousand dollar 80 watt co2 paper weight.

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LASER CUTTER CONTEST CLOSED

From the Laser Cutter contest page:UPDATE:Entry deadline extended to January 1, 2008!What were we thinking?!? The holidays are the perfect time to finish your Laser Cutter Contest entry, and we don't want to judge during our family vacations. So, we're extending the entry deadline to 11:59pm PST Tuesday, January 1, 2008 to take advantage of the entire holiday season. Finalists will be announced on Monday, January 7, 2008. User voting will still end on January 31st, and we'll still announce the ultimate winner on Monday, February 4th, 2008.Use this extra time to make something truly incredible!Happy holidays from the Instructables team.

Topic by canida    |  last reply


Laser Cutter Contest Winners!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of the Laser Cutter Contest:Stuart.Mcfarlan for How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily)Check out the full list of winners in the Instructables blog!

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply


Will a Laser Cutter cut Phenolic?

My dad's engineering company just "bought" a $20,000 engraver to engrave phenolic tags. (They cost $8 a piece normally, but the raw materials is only $0.25 a tag). The reason I say "bought" is because they have it, but theres been problems with it so they haven't paid for it yet, and can return it. The engraver takes 15 minutes to do 15 tags, and requires constant monitoring to make sure that the vacuum that sucks up the shavings doesn't suck the tag up itself. I thought a laser cutter would be much, much simpler. (And after engraving about 200 of these, in batches of 5, I know it would be) The major block is weather or not it can cut the phenolic tags, and if theres some way to create the layout from an excel spreadsheet.(IE importing an excel spreadsheet, and it creates a template with the vars in the spreadsheet) The latter is not as great an issue, as I can probably do some programming myself to fix it. Thanks!

Topic by zachninme    |  last reply


Laser Cutter Contest Winners!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of the Laser Cutter Contest:Stuart.Mcfarlan for How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily)Be sure to check out Stuart.Mcfarlan's plans for the Laser Cutter.Congratulations to all the finalists who will receive a Laser-etched Instructables Leatherman Juice S2 and an Instructables t-shirt for their simply amazing work:crabfu for Steam Turbine Tankdave spencer for erupting Volcano Birthday CakeHonus for How to make a Green Lantern ring- including a glowing version!jabroutin for personal powerPlantjeffkobi for Retro Hi-Fi ProjectKasey for Compubeaver --> How to case-mod a beaver - in 29 easy steps!lkrasnow for Precision Puzzlemaking Primer -- Volume 1mikejedw for Pringles Wind Turbine (Pleech) - Version One mydian_nightshade forFurniture grade cocktail arcade cabinetmzed for Low-cost Spherical Speaker Array nemomatic for Giant Squid kinetic sculpture from found materialsorthonormal_basis_of_evil for EMP shopping cart lockertalbotron22 for DIY Kitty Crack: ultra-potent catnip extract turkey tek for Interactive Multitouch DisplayWe had planned to select 20 second place winners, but just couldn't narrow the field, so we're awarding 25 second place winners, who will receive Instructables t-shirts! They are:$30 High-Speed PCB Drill Press by lancandy$60 Laser Engraver / Cutter by cgoshBreath powered USB charger by jmengelBuild a Tetris DVD (or book) shelf by odecom5Capture the Ethereal Beauty of Everyday Objects Using Polarized Light. by Tool Using AnimalCO2 laser that cuts sheet metal by owhiteCosmic Light With LEDs Embedded in Resin by technoplastiqueDuck Cam Decoy by RoadstarElectromagnetic Floater by J_HodgieFine Silver (99.9% pure) Popcorn Pendant! by roughtyperHan Solo in carbonite chocolate bar! by FreakCitySFLaptop Converted to 2nd Monitor by punish3rMake a wall avoiding Robot! a collaboration led by Brandon121233Make Conductive Glue and Glue a Circuit by mikey77Make rope out of dead plants -- with no tools a collaboration led by phyzomeMod a toaster and have retro art toast for breakfast by 5VoltMotherboard PCB Bracelet by llama13Portable Water resistant LED Picnic Blanket with hard center serving surface! by pointcloudStart a Guerrilla Drive-in by plusbryanThe Ice Bulb by mandrakeThe Intimate Video Light/ Handheld photograpy light. by curve12The One, The Only COTTON CANDY MACHINE! by T3h_MuffinatorTheater Effects: Gunshot Wounds by TrumpetNeelUse a Vacuum cleaner to build your own Skateboard by gregorylavoieWire Scorpion by OniToraAll the winners should watch for a personal message from us for prize claiming instructions.With so many excellent entries, and with each of them being at the top of their game in some different aspect, the judging was extremely difficult. We had help juding from a large number of users including 5Volt, african_andy187, Albetcha, BobbyMike, CameronSS, canida, daenris, drinkmorecoffee, ewilhelm, fungus amungus, herrozerro, ian, imanalchemist, J_Hodgie, jamesh, jesse.hensel, jessyratfink, jmengel, Kiteman, LasVegas, lebowski, lennyb, llama13, lothotrity, momo!, nagutron, nak, noahw, olddaddycrane, pt, Randofo, Robyntheslug, royalestel, ryzellon, Sam Noyoun, saul, Sedgewick17, sheekgeek, stasterisk, steven07, T3h_Muffinator, technick29, Tetranitrate, Tool Using Animal, trebuchet03, trialex, x9a, zieak, and Zujus. For more information on how we judged, check here.The entries submitted to this contest exceeded all of my expectations. They are totally amazing in their quality, instructional value, uniqueness, and pure brilliance. It is my hope that everyone had a blast entering the contest and learned something useful, fun, or both. To me, the value of posting an Instructable is when someone makes a comment saying that I taught them something new, changed the way they looked at things, or inspired them to make something themselves (even if it's something totally different than my Instructable). Looking through the Instructables submitted to the contest and comments on the finalists' forum posts, it's clear that this is happening all over, and it makes me smile every time. Congratulations to all the winners! And, thanks to everyone that entered. Even if your Instructable didn't win a prize, I'm sure it has had a positive impact on someone's life and will continue to do so.

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Is a laser module reqired to make a laser cutter?

I pulled a laser diode out of my 16x dvd burner drive and want to use it to make a laser cutter/burner. I want to know is it required to use a laser module or can I just hook it up straight to a battery and have it work.? Also how many battery do I need to make it work.? I tried hooking it up straight to a 9v battery but nothing happened.

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how to turn a laser pointer into a laser cutter?

Does any one know how to turn a regular laser pointer into a laser that will burn somthing when you point it at it?

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Laser cut parts

I'm looking for help getting some new smaller drafting tools cut. The cut area is no bigger then 9"x6", I was hoping to get the part cut out of .04" clear Lexan, I can supply if needed. I'd also like to have the parts etched as well if that is possible as well. I have the rough drawing done in AutoCAD so far.

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Open Source Lase Cutter

I have a project running for a open source laser cutter progress has been quite slow but it seems I can bump it up. The idea is to develop a laser cutter you can actually trust for large format cutting. Check out the project blog:  http://protonet.web-tec.co.za/development/co2lasercutter.php

Topic by dannylom  


Laser Cutter winner to be announced today

We have a winner! Stay tuned to find out who won.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


how hot is a laser cutter beam? Answered

How hot is a laser cutter beam? I was thinking of using a magnifying glass and the sun to burn into metal or stone.  And when I say magnifying glass I meant using a giant frens lense Overall my goal is to carve into metal, stone or brick.

Question by Houdinipeter    |  last reply


Cheap cnc/laser cutter kits?

Are there any cheap, $200 or less, cnc or laser cutter kits out there?

Question by theboygenius    |  last reply


Laser Cutter Finalists- Master List

Due to the incredible number of fantastic projects entered in the contest, we've decided to name 15 finalists! Yes, you'll all get the same finalist prize (or a laser cutter)- congratulations for making it so hard to judge!We've still got 20 prizes to give away to the runners-up- they'll be posted when the final winner is announced!Now, the rest of you get to VOTE to help us decide the ultimate winner of the Laser Cutter Contest! Each finalist, listed alphabetically below by username, has an individual Forum post with links to his/her projects in the Laser Cutter Contest Finalists Group. You'll have noticed the Forum posts are now ratable- follow the links below, then click the + button to vote for your favorites!Leave nice, constructive comments- this is a great opportunity to ask more questions to help you cast your votes. crabfudave spencerHonusjabroutin jeffkobiKaseylkrasnowmikejedw mydian_nightshademzed nemomaticorthonormal_basis_of_evil Stuart.Mcfarlantalbotron22 turkey tekNote that this is only a part of the judging, so if you're a finalist don't stress too much over it. It's a chance for our entire community to have their voices heard.

Topic by canida  


Laser Cutter Finalists- Master List

Due to the incredible number of fantastic projects entered in the contest, we've decided to name 15 finalists! Yes, you'll all get the same finalist prize (or a laser cutter)- congratulations for making it so hard to judge!We've still got 20 prizes to give away to the runners-up- they'll be posted when the final winner is announced!Now, the rest of you get to VOTE to help us decide the ultimate winner of the Laser Cutter Contest! Each finalist, listed alphabetically below by username, has an individual Forum post with links to his/her projects in the Laser Cutter Contest Finalists Group. You'll have noticed the Forum posts are now ratable- follow the links below, then click the + button to vote for your favorites! Voting ends Thursday July 12, 2007.Leave nice, constructive comments- this is a great opportunity to ask more questions to help you cast your votes. crabfu for Steam Turbine Tankdave spencer for erupting Volcano Birthday CakeHonus for How to make a Green Lantern ring- including a glowing version!jabroutin for personal powerPlantjeffkobi for Retro Hi-Fi ProjectKasey for Compubeaver --> How to case-mod a beaver - in 29 easy steps!lkrasnow for Precision Puzzlemaking Primer -- Volume 1mikejedw for Pringles Wind Turbine (Pleech) - Version One mydian_nightshade forFurniture grade cocktail arcade cabinetmzed for Low-cost Spherical Speaker Array nemomatic for Giant Squid kinetic sculpture from found materialsorthonormal_basis_of_evil for EMP shopping cart lockerStuart.Mcfarlan for How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily)talbotron22 for DIY Kitty Crack: ultra-potent catnip extract turkey tek for Interactive Multitouch DisplayNote that this is only a part of the judging, so if you're a finalist don't stress too much over it. It's a chance for our entire community to have their voices heard.

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Distinguishing laser colors? Answered

Do you know of a way to distinguish colors in laser diodes?The method has to be doable without turning the diode on.

Question by Derin    |  last reply


echo_anomie - Laser Image Projector - Universal Laser Cutter Finalist!

To see who won the VersaLaser, read the announcement here.echo_anomie was a finalist in the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest for:Laser Image ProjectorShould this project win the grand prize VersaLaser laser cutter package from Universal Laser worth over $15,000? Help us judge the contest by rating this forum post! Audience votes will count for 20% of the total. Check out all the finalists, and vote for your favorites!This is a forum post created by the Instructables staff on behalf of the finalist. Finalists, please edit this area below the bar to add your own statement.

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What settings do i use to cut neoprene rubber sheets on the laser cutter?

Im wanting to cut a rubber gasket out of neoprene rubber sheets i have purchased. To cut, I'm using a laser cutter and unsure of what setting the laser cutter should be on in order to successfully cut through it

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What are your picks for the Laser Cutter Finalists?

We're busy doing a round of approval voting to help select the finalists for the Laser Cutter Contest. In this round, judges give a "yes" or "no/no opinion" vote to each entry. We rank the entries by total number of "yes" votes and the top 10 become finalists. While I haven't gone through everything yet, I've been adding Instructables I plan to vote "yes" for to my favorites (by clicking the "favorite link" right above the comments). Again, I'm not done yet, but you can check out my current picks here in my favorites.What are your picks for finalists? Post you top picks as comments, or if you have a lot, post a link to your favorites.Remember that an additional four finalists will be selected based on pageviews and positive ratings as recorded around Monday January 7th ( Laser Cutter Contest rules). So, there's still time to vote for and tell your friends about your Instructable or your favorites. Also, we just added some sorting options for groups to make seeing who is in the lead that much easier:Laser Cutter Contest entries sorted by pageviewsLaser Cutter Contest entries sorted by rating

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Laser engraver from a printer? Answered

Hello, I was wondering if it would be possible to create a laser engraver from an old printer? I want to create it from a printer because it would be a cheap and easy project. It also gives me the advantage that I don't need to create driver electronics and programming tools for creating the cutting pattern. It would work just the normal way as a printer works: You create an image, in Paint or something really simple. You press Print, and then the cutter starts printing the pattern. I would need a contact or relay or something that closes right at the moment when the laser needs to go On and Off. (The laser I already have, that's not a problem). Is there any contact inside the printer like that? (perhaps some signal that tells the cartridges when to spray ink and when not to. The cartridges will also have to be removed, without me getting the "please replace your cartridges" message. (how can I do that?) It might be a little weird project, but if you think about it, it should be possible! The cutting process is for engraving plastics, not for really Cutting trough objects. I also know that the printer won't move backwards, only sideways and forwards, but I want to try it. Thanks in advance, Electorials

Question by DELETED_Electorials    |  last reply


Anyone ever made a laser plotter cutter?

I would like to discuss a project I'm planning on doing and there are things I'm not sure about. I'll be glad to photodocument this when I start building. My idea for a laser plotter is to buy a cheap vinyl plotter from ebay, maybe even used. I already have one for regular vinyl work and its performs great. The reason for using one is that I'm not that much of an engineer to build one like some of the projects I read here on the forums. My main goal is cut styrofoam logos/lettering. Thus my main question is what laser wattage would you recommend? I'm thinking 500-1000mW, but that's just a guess. Whoever has any experience with cutting styrofoam, could you describe how it went? If I could also burn pictures onto (but not trough) leather or plexiglass etc., that would be a nice bonus. Now, the plotter would have to be disected, removing the bottom from the top to accomodate the thickness of styro desks (I'm thinking up to 5 or 10cm). The main difference would be that instead of the whole top of the plotter moving to cut, it would stay the same as with the vinyl foils, using the bottom rollers to move a platen of some sort, on which the styro desks would be layed (and fixed with something). The vinyl plotters have a "knife-up, knife-down" mechanism (electromagnet?) for traveling to/from cut lines. I would use this for turning the laser on/off. My only concerns are the speed at which the styro can be cut, becuase the plotters move pretty fast even set at lowest speed, though this could probably be further tuned, and keeping the letters in place, so they don't move since the lower roller of the plotters moves quickly. But if the cut was very thin, this may not be a problem. Thanks for your thoughts!

Topic by Fyod  


Unboxing our new Epilog Laser Cutter!

We got something awesome in the mail today - our new Epilog laser cutter!Check out the unboxing photos - I'll post more once we've got it set up and running.It's a 75 watt Epilog laser with a 24"x36" bed - we're going to make some awesome stuff with this one. If you have some great ideas for things to laser cut, bring your plans and materials to to one of our build nights and try it out. (PM me if you have any questions.)You can do almost anything with a good laser cutter - expect to see lots of fantastic projects posted soon!

Topic by canida    |  last reply


turn a old plotter printer into a laser cutter? Answered

Awhile back my wife and I bought an old plotter @ a yard sale, unfortunately the pens are dry and i'm unable to purchase new. I thought about turning it into a laser cutter. Can anybody help me with this. thaks to all.

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What is the most affordable laser cutter for a beginner?

I really would love to try out laser cutting. ..But have no idea what knowledge it requires. I want to be able to design and cut custom wooden puzzle, laser cut fabric and also to cut felt and foam. I would like to start up a small home business. Keeping in mind that I have no clue what knowledge it requires and also know that I have 4 kids and will have to have this machine in my home. I do own a silhouette cameo but unfortunately it does not cut felt or wood. It’s a fun machine for cardstock and all…but nothing heavy duty. So is it safe to have a laser cutter at home with kids?? I mean will the light or whatever that comes off the machine be harmful for my children? Also how much is the cheapest desktop version? Will it be able to cut large fabric? Can it cut 0.5” or 0.75” hard wood?? Would that be pushing my luck?? Please let me know…so I can start saving up for it. I really really love crafting….but availability of items and affordability is a big issue. Thanks!

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Do DVD drives have an IR laser or only a red laser? Answered

I want to make a lasercutter from a printer and DVD laser.However,I don't want to accidentally blind myself with an IR laser.If there is an IR laser in DVD drives,how can I find the red laser without powering the lasers?I really need help

Question by Derin    |  last reply


Kipkay - Blu-Ray Laser Phaser! - Universal Laser Cutter Finalist!

To see who won the VersaLaser, read the announcement here.Kipkay was a finalist in the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest for:Blu-Ray Laser Phaser!Should this project win the grand prize VersaLaser laser cutter package from Universal Laser worth over $15,000? Help us judge the contest by rating this forum post! Audience votes will count for 20% of the total. Check out all the finalists, and vote for your favorites!This is a forum post created by the Instructables staff on behalf of the finalist. Thanks to all who watched and enjoyed this WORLD'S FIRST Blu-ray Laser Phaser project!

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lamedust - Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollars - Universal Laser Cutter Finalist!

To see who won the VersaLaser, read the announcement here.lamedust was a finalist in the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest for:Laser cutter, start slicing stuff for under 50 dollarsShould this project win the grand prize VersaLaser laser cutter package from Universal Laser worth over $15,000? Help us judge the contest by rating this forum post! Audience votes will count for 20% of the total. Check out all the finalists, and vote for your favorites!This is a forum post created by the Instructables staff on behalf of the finalist. Wow, thank you to all the instructables admins for picking my project and for all the people who + ranked me. This is an amazing place to be, here with the top 12. To have my project next to the Extreme Business Card and The Ghetto Matrix by GRL is so satisfying. These are the kinds of people I've been admiring for so long.For all you having a hard time picking your favorite, I can totally agree, there are so many good projects! But I hope whoever gets it makes it do something amazing, and considering these fellas, I'm pretty sure someone will make it launch eggs to the moon, or cut bricks from compacted car parts and build a house from them.Here's some detailed cut out examples. This machine gun is less than 1.2 mm wide.large view of machine gun and partsI've also updated my code to make it easy to run your own flut files by dragging the .txt to this executable.Truly Honored-Bilal GhalibPhoto Essay on one way I could use the laser cutter

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is it possible to make a laser beam more powerful by adding more lasers?

Iv been looking at the laser cutter 'ables and am wondering it its possible to combine say 10 fairly high powered (cheap/er) lasers into a single beam to create a more powerful burn. id prefer not to go out and buy $2000 worth of laser which ill most likely break. or get arrested for trying to bring through customs. i was thinking of using a diverging lens to make the spread out rays in a parallel path. in diagram i understand that mounting the lasers will be a challenge.. but will constructive/deconstructive interference be a problem.. i didnt listen to well in physics. any ideas would be appreciated grim out.

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2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest Voting Ends Tonight!

These are your last few hours to vote and we will be announcing the winner on Monday. Stay tuned. [/group/laserfinalists/ Voting sheet for Laser Cutter Contest - Vote Here!]2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest Finalists Announcement

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HP Laserjet Laser Answered

I salvaged a HP Laserjet 2100 printer for parts and want to know if I could use the laser for a cnc laser cutter project, or is it not powerful enough?

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Where can I get One time Access to a laser cutter ?

I am just starting to read about laser engravings and want to make a gift out of them (like a toast etched on wood ). I am wondering where can I access a laser cutter for such small one time use ? Techshop is expensive for my case since I dont need a month membership to make it.  I dont think they offer daily membership any more.  fab lab surprisingly is not avaialbe in bay area.  I probably need access only  2/3 times so wondering is there any other solution I can get for around 30-40$ per day access? i dont want to use Ponoko as I would like to be the one who made it :-)

Question by nivas01    |  last reply


?Anybody Want To Recommend or Do Right Up on Buying a Laser Cutter?

I want to buy one but feel overwhelmed in the vast amount of choice and price variation from Chinese ebay specials that cost less than $1000 all the way up to $15,000.  I can afford the ebay price range but bet the trouble in usage might make it worthless.  I have a very cheap vinyl cutter from ebay but doubt that good experiance will be replicated.   Also since I only have a mac are there any issues that might arise from this fact?

Topic by warhymn    |  last reply


What can I make from an old Laser Printer?

I have a Dell 1700n Laser Printer that Needs a new drum and cartridge and I don't want to spend the money on an old b/w printer. Can I use the laser for something useful like a cutter to make stencils from packing tape or Contact paper? I don't want to spend a lot of money on this. BTW, I do not have the old cartridge.

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Principles of Laser cutting

I have being repairing all forms of cutting & welding machines for some years. In my experience for example Plasma cutters work on a principle of momentous arc. This is formed by a High frequency arc it only gives you 30 milliseconds to start your current flow. Air is required to force this arc out of the plasma cutting head. Ok got your attention now getting back to a laser cutter it also uses air to force out cutting light to cut or engrave. so looking for more under standing to work on a problem.

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