Thanks so much, Gene. So, is it really that easy? Buy a laser, install software, and start laser-engraving JPegs, PDF's, etc.? I mean, I know there's going to be a learning curve, like setting depth depending on wood type, power settings depending on materials, etc. Is there normally a guide for those setting included with the laser engravers or one to be found online?
Would a garage with the door open be enough venting, or is it a bad idea to do these jobs in an open environment like that?
This model is listed as Amazon's Choice, so I'm considering one by Amazon listed as: DIY CNC Laser Engraver Kits Wood Carving Engraving Cutting Machine Desktop Printer Logo Picture Marking, 40x50cm,2 Axis (5500MW) Amazon says it's sold by BACHINCCNC.
Thoughts on this model for laser-engraving cornhole boards, wooden food trays, cheese boards, etc.? Given the size of cornhole boards, I would likely be setting the engraver on top of them...would the 2-axis limitations be a problem, or would I just focus the laser to the board?
Again...thanks so much for your thoughts and help!
That looks like a decent buy.
An open garage door would be enough for venting. A standing fan might help, too.
For work larger than the machine's work area, boards of the same thickness of your work would be placed under the pads. In T2, the image can be rotated so, you can orient the board, either along the X or Y axis, for your convenience. Then, you'd adjust the focus.
There IS a learning curve for using both the machine and the software. Have lots of practice scrap available. Cardboard is the cheapest practice material. MDF is good, too.
If you use T2, there are a bunch of really good You Tube videos available. Search for Laser Graffiti. And, T2 laser instruction.
On your laser lap top, down load a bunch of fonts. T2 will use them when you are constructing text.
above all, have fun!