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What software to use for the work with the laser on 3D printer or CNC machine?

Use Pronterface for best results. Or use the same software as your own printer — just set Z scale to -1 and infill to 0. All printing software has these settings.

Average speed of cutting for 2.1W (2100 mW laser):

Paper20mm/sec
Wood2mm/sec
Plexiglas3mm/sec
Cardboard10mm/sec
Hardboard1mm/sec
Balsa5mm/sec

How to install the laser?

Mount it on top of your extruder, and connect it to the extruder heater!

 

 

Our laser was tested and mounted onto the following models;

  • Solidoodle (2-3-4)
  • Mendel
  • Mondo
  • Pruisa Rigidbot
  • Shapeoko CNC
  • Handibot CNC
  • 8200 model from Jameco
  • All RAMPS compatible printers
  • All Monoprice printers

 

Additionaly tested:

  • 3D Systems – Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA
  • Autodesk – San Rafael, California, USA
  • Airwolf 3D – Costa Mesa, California, USA
  • Aleph Objects – Loveland, Colorado, USA — (Lulzbot printers)
  • Carbon – Redwood City, California, USA
  • CRP Group — Modena, Italy
  • envisionTEC – Gladbeck, Germany
  • Formlabs – Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
  • Fusion3 – Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
  • HP Inc. — Palo Alto, California, USA
  • Hyrel 3D – Norcross, Georgia, USA
  • Kikai Labs — Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • M3D – Fulton, Maryland, USA
  • MakerBot – New York City, New York, USA
  • Materialise NV – Leuven, Belgium
  • Printrbot – Lincoln, California, USA
  • Robo3D – San Diego, California, USA
  • Sciaky, Inc. – Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Solidoodle – New York City, New York, USA (Closed)
  • Stanley Black & Decker — New Britain, Connecticut, USA (Manufactured by Sindoh — South Korea)
  • Stratasys – Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
  • Ultimaker – Geldermalsen, Netherlands
  • Velleman – Belgium
  • Voxeljet – Friedberg, Germany
  • Zortrax – Olsztyn, Poland
  • ZYYX — Gothenburg, Sweden

 

In general, any 3D printer that uses an Arduino or compatible and any 3-axis CNC machine.

Our laser is compatible with all 3D-printers, which we have tested, but Cubify. In January Endurance modified the construction a little.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:643091

The ventilator axis is not parallel but perpendicular to the laser axis.

 

What is the difference between a СО2 laser and a diode laser?

  • CO2 is more powerful. This is the main advantage. However:
  • CO2 is harder to set up (laser cannot be moved — mirrors must be used- they can go out of alignment);
  • CO2 cannot be carried around (see the problem above);
  • CO2 requires buying
  • CO2 continually, as there is always some leakage;
  • CO2 requires compressed air for cooling;
  • CO2 is subject to export restrictions in most countries;
  • CO2 is very delicate (lots of glass apparatus) and may be damaged during shipping.

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