[hackerspaces] Choosing a laser cutter

justin corwin outlawpoet at gmail.com
Fri Aug 28 20:02:29 CEST 2015

I have some bad experience with generic machines from alibaba amongst my
friends. The most problematic thing is that they tend to advertise their
power as what they can measure directly at the laser tube, whereas more
reputable companies like Epilog measure power delivered at the tool head,
so the cheapness of high power machines has to be balanced with the fact
that they may not actually be that capable.

I like the Lasersaur design, and some places have had good results, just
make sure you either buy better parts/kits or have someone who knows about
this kind of thing in charge of building it. A crappy power supply or
misaligned x-y table can cause endless heartache later.

On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 10:56 AM, Joshua Pritt <ramgarden at gmail.com> wrote:

> We've been using the Full Spectrum laser at Makers Local 256 and Melbourne
> Makerspace with lots of success (with bouts of downtime while replacing the
> tube or power supply) but it works great for the most part.
> On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 1:53 PM, opit <opit at technariumas.lt> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> here at Technarium we're considering buying a laser cutter (water jet
>> would be even better, but probably is outside of our financial
>> abilities). Maybe any of you have a piece of advice of what to look for
>> and what to avoid? What do you use at your space and what didn't work
>> out? What's your experience with Lasersaur or with generic machines from
>> Alibaba?
>> Last week there a similar request was posted here, but what we're
>> looking for is a larger machine that could also be used by freelancers
>> at the space and for custom manufacturing orders. We plan to have up to
>> 7500 Euros for it.
>> Thanks!
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Justin Corwin
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