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Si

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mmcp42

postage seems to be almost as much as item cost!
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them that understands binary
and them that doesn't

wortelsoft


thegeekway

I have one, used mainly for SMD stencils and acrylic items.  It takes about an hour to get going once you have it(aligning mirrors etc) and the software is junk but does what it says on the tin.

Si

Thanks - sounds like they are basically okay and the price is fantastic.

I wonder how long before we get desktop laser diode versions?
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thegeekway

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Jan 23, 2012, 12:39 pm Last Edit: Jan 23, 2012, 12:43 pm by thegeekway Reason: 1
If you live in the NorthWest UK, you're more than welcome to come have a play once its up and running again(just moved house).  

Here's one of the first stencils I made with it:


wortelsoft

Wat is the thikness of acrylic you can cut with such a basic machine? And can you cut plywood with it?

thegeekway

I've only cut 3mm acrylic and plywood, both were fine.  http://www.electricstuff.co.uk/ has a guide of mods he has done, such as slowing the speed of the head to cut thicker material.  Good machine for the price and each stencil only costs a few pounds to make.

sth77

Nice toy for men! Unfortunately the shipping costs to germany are to expensive...
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liudr


Nice toy for men! Unfortunately the shipping costs to germany are to expensive...


Try ponoko.com
They have a site in Europe. Price is alright on my side of the pond so I guess it's about same on your side. 180mm*180mm 3mm acrylic around 20 USD. I don't do this everyday only once every few months.

wortelsoft

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Jan 25, 2012, 11:13 am Last Edit: Jan 30, 2012, 09:07 am by wortelsoft Reason: 1
That's also always an option wich I somehow keep forgetting. Somehting like it's way cooler to own one myself.  XD

kduin

Hi sth77,

if you wanna order one, please keep in mind that there may be a customs problem.
Even green laserpointers are forbidden here... I couldn't believe that these lasercutters are allowed for private individuals.


kDuin (also from Germany)

Morris Dovey

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I couldn't believe that these lasercutters are allowed for private individuals.


They aren't all that much more hazardous than CNC routers, but like all power tools they do require the exercise of at least a minimum of caution. A couple of years back, I designed and built a small machine which could accommodate either a spindle or a laser. Here's a photo made during construction (before installation of cutting hardware):
There's always a better way!

liudr

Morris,

This looks beautiful! I'm not a machinist but I use machines occasionally. Is the color from paint or some protective coating? How does the stages couple with the two rods? Ball bearing rollers? Are those stepper motors?

mmcp42

nice symmetrical looking design
you own or from plans?
there are only 10 types of people
them that understands binary
and them that doesn't

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