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XenonElite

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« on: January 12, 2018, 06:02:41 AM »
Heyy,

     I'm new to the forums and seeking advice from all you laser lovers.  :)

At first it will be a hobby but I'm hoping to eventually be able to make an income from it.

I have been eyeballing a lot of lasers machines and not really sure what I'm looking for.

At first I believe engraving Slate, Wood maybe Glass will be suffice maybe being able to Cut card with custom designs.

So the machines I have been looking at are as follows:

EleksMaker A3 Pro 2500mW
EleksMaker A3 Pro 5500mW

Then I come across this too,

CO2 Laser Engraver

As before I'm just seeking advice maybe recommendations.

Regards,

Anthony.C


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Re: New to the forums
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2018, 08:15:17 AM »
What is your budget?
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Re: New to the forums
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 08:36:18 AM »
Heyy,

     I think 500 would be my utmost.

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Anthony.C
« Last Edit: January 12, 2018, 08:41:41 AM by XenonElite »

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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 08:46:49 AM »
Then I would say don't jump into CO2 lasers...the low prices you see online that you can buy them for are just the tip of the ice berg...you will need to spend more money to make them safe and usable. So, start out with the low power diode laser machines which is what this forum was created to support.
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Re: New to the forums
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2018, 08:52:51 AM »
Heyy,

    I'll hold off buying a cheap CO2 last thing I need in my family home is something ready to bring it down.

So now this leaves me with the above Eleks Machines and I had been reading on the OpenBuilds ACRO System which excludes the diode.

Any help or suggestion on these bits of kits, is the 5500MW laser worth the extra spend on the Eleks if so what can I gain from the more powerful laser?

After looking on Banggood i have found this

EleksLaser A3X-2500mw

Regards,

Anthony.C
« Last Edit: January 12, 2018, 09:23:00 AM by XenonElite »

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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2018, 10:19:41 AM »
The black anodized frame is about $200US more than the plain aluminum. Not sure if the wheels are different/better.  My person opinion is the 5.5W is better for engraving slate and  the 2.5W is better for everything else. The 2.5W will focus to a much sharper point which delivers more energy per unit area.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2018, 10:27:53 AM »
Heyy,

     If I purchase the 2.5W laser.

Can it be upgraded later to the 5.5W or would you suggest buying the 5.5W and save money in the long run.

I been reading more on the forums and now come across.

Benbox 5500mW

These I know about.

EleksMaker A3 Pro 2500mW
EleksMaker A3 Pro 5500mW

So I'm totally stuck on what to buy and I do not want to impulse buy and buy the wrong one.

Please can you guys leave suggestion to a MAX of 400.

Thank you so much.

Regards,

Anthony.C
« Last Edit: January 12, 2018, 11:43:46 AM by XenonElite »

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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2018, 12:11:35 PM »
A 2500 is the general purpose Laser module. It is what I have and love it.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2018, 12:24:30 PM »
The general answer is yes. These are actually very simple machines. You might need a different 12V supply.
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2018, 03:54:34 PM »
Been on the forums about 3 weeks... bought the 2500mW.

Start off and work your way up in experience level!  If you overbuy you will come to hate the amount you put in and have it sitting there... like my CNC 3040... after about six months of buying this that and the other to get it working, I've left it alone for about 7 months. 

I am starting to work on it again to get better... now that I've gotten better with the laser... (I did more studying before I bought the laser - watched MANY YouTube videos - reviews (most are negative), installations, how to use it).  Then I did searches of forums to get opinions, like you are doing, and ensuring that once I received it I could get started right away.

Good luck!
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« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2018, 01:40:00 AM »
I have to agree with those above, the 2.5 is a nice general use laser with a finer point. You can always upgrade the laser and electronics if needed and still use the same frame.
The CO2 40W K40 lasers are FUN but need more investment as the cheap K40 ones come lacking is a lot of things. I have both the 2.5 diode and the CO2 and use them both for different things. Slate engraving is 'easier' on the CO2 but this is not to say that it does not work on the 2.5 diode.
Well done on joining the forum and your purchase of the 2.5 laser... you have now been bitten by the lasering bug!!
If you feel you need to use a CO2 laser I would suggest seeing if you do not have a makerspace with one nearby... this will allow you to test its capabilities and see if you really need one.
Dont forget the safety glasses, fire extinguisher and fume extraction. I added a small air pump to blow away the smoke and would advise you invest in some sort of fume solution also, the end results warrant it.
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