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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-22-2020, 12:10 PM
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Not to drive traffic away from here, but CNC Laser machines are a niche subject here by the looks of things. If the mods have an issue I can remove this post, but I highly recommend you peruse
Nice selection of laser specific devices all diy, many with detailed instructions... think of it as advanced lego
The forum members there (disclaimer, I am a member, but outside of that I have no affiliation with them, no revenue incentive or anything) are very helpful. Honestly, laser devices are almost identical in function to CNC Routers, and most of the software that I have come across for CNC routers also have laser options.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-22-2020, 04:27 PM
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An inexpensive CO2 laser is a step up for sure. And, they aren't too much more $$. But, with their enclosed architecture, your work size is limited. And, they take up a bunch of real estate. As to the quality of the burn, the one the OP was considering will produce a quality good enough to laser portraits. Of course, those must be manipulated in another program like Paint 3D or Gimp, Inkscape, Photoshop or, the like, before importing to the laser software.
The neat thing about the CO2 machines is that, with their 50+ watt capabilities, you can etch or cut a wider variety of material. A friend has an Epilog machine...around $8K... But, he makes some fantastic knife scales and pistol grips in an ivory like material.
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