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Considering this machine's cutting power, build quality, and software, it is very complicated to find a matching laser cutter below the price point of $3500. This is a professional grade machine created for hobby applications. Multiple upgrade options are available. See More
The graphics import process is straightforward. Just print to a 'Full Spectrum Lasers Engineering Driver' option from an image-editing software of your choice. The image then is auto-loaded into RetinaEngrave. Within the software, you can do all the pre-adjustments before producing the final cut. See More
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The software provided by Glowforge is fantastic. It is entirely cloud-based, meaning that all the work happens on the server side. The user interface is very intuitive and all the features are user-friendly. Additionally, you will not need to track and install the latest software updates manually, which is an important advantage about cloud-based applications. See More
This 45W laser cutter is, in fact, more powerful than the overwhelming majority of 45W CO2 laser cutters available in the market. The thing is that Glowforge developed their own CO2 laser tube. The given tube is extremely efficient due to its 'Mode 0' design (it provides greater power density). See More
It will take a certain amount of skills and experience to run this laser cutter. Knowledge of CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) processes and concepts is essential. Besides, skills and expertise in electrical engineering will come in handy, as all the electrical schematics are unavailable. It is possible to receive high cutting/engraving quality from this machine, but plan to invest a lot of time and effort into tinkering with it. See More
This is a powerful laser cutter. Its CO2 tube can generate a 130 W laser beam. If focused correctly, the beam can cut through ¾" plywood on a single pass. The 130W of cutting power is just right for wood cutting, as more powerful lasers will ignite the wooden workpieces. See More
Initially, the CO2 laser tube of the machine is cooled with the aid of an included water pump. However, this system has a problem, since water in a reservoir heats up quickly, reducing the efficiency of the cooling system. Adding a chiller to the loop ensures that the water is 'chilled' before entering the CO2 laser tube, thus, enhancing the cooling performance. See More
This laser cutter is capable of cutting cylindrical shaped objects. The only thing required to do it is getting a $219.99 router rotary attachment. It is entirely compatible with all the CNCShop laser cutters and engravers and the software is prepared to use this function. This accessory can be used for operations such as cutting or engraving pipes, glasses, and bottles. See More
The ZMorph is a highly capable laser cutter, but its functionalities are not limited to this. It can also do CNC routing and 3D printing. In fact, this is an excellent 3D printer, being capable of printing filaments like PLA, ABS, HIPS, Ninjaflex, Nylon, etc. Its precision is also quite stunning: 14 microns for X and Y axes, 0.6 microns for Z axis. See More
Do not expect a lot of cutting power from this machine. The 2.8 W laser head is capable of engraving wood, MDF, plastics, acrylics, and some metals. Material cutting, on the other hand, requires substantially more power. The only materials this machine can cut are acrylics, paper, and cardboard. See More
All the primary functions of this machine are implemented within a single software - Voxelizer. It is used for 3D printing, laser cutting, laser engraving, and CNC milling. The software gives you access to 9 unique workflows designed to take the full advantage of the ZMorph. Each of them includes special presets and detailed editable settings for 3D printing, 3D milling, 2D milling and laser cutting. Voxelizer is a very straightforward and easy to use piece of software. See More
FSL did a great job when it comes to providing users with countless sample projects for this laser cutter. You can get an entire library of design files for free. There is a whole tutorial section available (you need to be registered) for makers, where you will be able to find all sorts of guides to do with this laser cutter. See More
It is incredibly complicated to find all the technical specifications for this laser cutter. The specifications sheet provided by the manufacturer, which is not even included in the manual, is limited to workspace dimensions and cutting power. Other important parameters, like precision and cutting speed, are simply not there. See More
This laser cutter uses a very stable and reliable Bluetooth interface to communicate with computers, tablets, and smartphones. Also, the machine can run power itself via its built -in 6.0 Ah battery, which is capable of providing up to 6 hours of machine runtime. See More
Compared to the standard CO2 tube laser technology, fiber laser technology has multiple advantages. Firstly, the fiber laser machines have no moving parts or mirrors in the light-generating source, which noticeably reduces maintenance expenses. Secondly, fiber lasers have higher electrical efficiency, making the electrical bills lower. Thirdly, fiber lasers are capable of cutting very reflective metals (copper, brass, and aluminum). See More