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CNC Miller as a laser cutter Answered

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?

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guyfrom7up
guyfrom7up

Reply 12 years ago

like wood or melt plastic or (maybe, but I doubt it) allumnium

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 12 years ago

it could work. though id use a dremel if i could. much simpler. check out my ible for more on dremel etching.

instructable etching 019.jpg
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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

Reply 12 years ago

yay, its me!

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 12 years ago

yup. im working on part 2 of the article now, actually.

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LinuxH4x0r
LinuxH4x0r

Reply 12 years ago

cool! hope to see the rest soon

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 12 years ago

yup. the paint is still drying.

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cvxdes
cvxdes

Reply 12 years ago

that would defeat the purpose though, I could just put a etching cutter in the machine and have it do that. Laser is so much cooler. and phone friendly.

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tech-king
tech-king

Reply 12 years ago

pop the cover off the phone, etch it, and put it back on. instant friendship.

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gmoon
gmoon

12 years ago

CNC's are used to make PCBs and all types of etching. But if you only want to utilize a laser diode, then why not use a flatbed plotter? You can find those used, on the cheap.

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cvxdes
cvxdes

Reply 12 years ago

but I already have access to a CNC miller.

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 12 years ago

Ah. Lucky you.