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I know these little lasers can do artsy-crafty stuff, but I always like to experiment with things to see WHAT ELSE they can do.

Here is my first project with this laser. I have six MEVO wireless cameras for making videos and for training purposes. They were all jumbled into a box with the cords and tripods ... not good.

So I went to Harbor Freight Tools and bought a case, and 12 4-packs of the Neoprene anti-fatigue floor mats, which cut absolutely BITCHIN' with the laser!

Here is my first project, ... total cost for this custom equipment case including the green equipment case and the (8) 2' square floor mats used: $40.00

Joe

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Great example of what you can do, with a plan in mind...
 

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I bought three more cases today, two for pistols and one for a rifle. About six years ago, I bought the LOGIC TRACE 44"x60" digital tracing board. It has been sitting in the box, untouched since that time. I know ... WHY?! Well, I tend to plan ahead, and just like the 3D printer, I figured that ONE DAY it would come in handy!

So now, I have the ability to accurately trace the profile of any shape, which means I can accurately cut the foam to FIT that shape! I love it when a plan comes together!

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Nice. You're right that did a nice cut on those. I had to cut some foam rubber a few months back and I was using an electric knife like you would use on a Turkey, because tha was what was recommended, but it wasn't as nice and square as I would have liked. Lasers are the way to go with squishy stuff at least.
 

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Wow, what a great idea~!! Those turned out beautifully. I've been working to put together ideas of how I would employ both a CNC and a laser cutter (like the X-Tool) in my shop before taking the plunge on either. I want to do about the same thing that you did, except mine is for my deeper Milwaukee PackOut boxes. This puts one more check in the laser column. Thanks for sharing this most excellent solution~!
 

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Ut-Oh!

 

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I have gray mats that I use for the flooring in my tent.
They used to be 600mmx600mm, and have now shrunk to 500x500 (still the same price.....)
 

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Okay ... you probably think I am completely NUTS. Maybe I am. :?

I am enjoying this X-Tool laser I bought. I am staying up at night experimenting with things. I got the extended frame, the AUX IR laser head, the filter machine, the air assist, the honeycomb grates, the rotary attachment, the leg extensions .... I added drag chains to the frame to make the cable behave.

I am beginning to do projects with the X-Tool, and the very first thing that bothered me about it was the glaring lack of SPEED and POWER. Yes, I am etching black anodized license plates right now. I am etching glass tiles, and experimenting with foams, etc. It really is amazing what this little low-powered laser can do.

But I KNOW ME. I know that in a very brief time, I will outgrow this laser, and want to move up to something more serious.

So I am currently looking at the EPILOG PRO Series lasers now. "Are you NUTS, Joe?! you JUST BOUGHT the X-Tool a few WEEKS ago!" Yes, perhaps I am. I will keep the X-Tool and I am sure I will continue to find projects where it will come in handy, but ...

So now I am standing here at this intersection, out in the desert, with a cool breeze making things comfortable ... trying to decide which direction to move next. :roll: I have seen the Chinese lasers, the AP Lasers, the BOSS lasers, the TROTEC lasers, etc. etc. They have more powerful Chinese CO2 lasers, and larger work areas, and SOME of the bells and whistles of the EPILOG lasers, but I truly believe You Get What You Pay For.

I can afford to take on a five-year lease on a nice EPILOG with their most powerful laser, and whatever "must-have" features that set it apart from the cheaper Chinese competition. But the price difference is DIFFERENT ENOUGH to pause to seriously consider whether or not to take that Leap of Faith. The very last thing I want to do, is to buy a Chinese laser for some $30K - $40K, only to find myself standing at this same intersection in six months, wondering if I can STILL afford the EPILOG that I should have purchased in the first place. This is the main reason I jumped head first into the 3D printer I purchased. I am fairly certain that it will be a very long time, before I get the urge to move up from THAT machine.

KERN LASER MACHINES claims to be able to cut 14 gauge steel with their CO2 lasers. They say I do not need a fiber laser for "such thin metal." They tell me that their CO2 lasers in the 250W to 650W range are somehow different than the Chinese lasers, both in performance and life expectancy. Of course, I know that I am listening to a SALESMAN! :lol: He is not going to tell me anything I do not want to hear.

EPILOG is honest, in telling me that their CO2 lasers WILL NOT cut 14 gauge steel, but they do offer very high quality machines with very fast speeds. Their PRO series moves at 165 inches per second. :eek:

I guess I am asking for opinions .... Forget about the price. I know that I should give that more weight, but you only live ONCE, and at age 64, I just don't know how many more years I have left in me. I can take on a monthly lease payment without worrying about where my next meal comes from, and I am ASSUMING that if I dive into a professional level laser, I SHOULD be able to produce products that I will sell, to help pay for the machine.

I am selling these license plates for a good price, but they take THREE HOURS EACH to make, and if I do a second pass, it is closer to SIX HOURS per plate. That is just too %^@#* SLOW!

I would appreciate your thoughts on all of this, both good and bad. I have thick skin. You won't offend me!

Joe


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I am going to glue the foam layers together in that gun case and take it up to my gun store to see if I can generate sales.

I think the only thing that can improve it, is to make a nice WOODEN box out of Walnut or Oak, perhaps with some design etched onto the lid. I have to remember that I DO HAVE a wood shop FULL of tools and machines, :unsure:

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The laser shop I do work for has three Epilog lasers and will soon get a fourth. The run all of these 7-10 hours daily 5 days a week, sometimes 6 when they need to. They are very good machines!
 

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The laser shop I do work for has three Epilog lasers and will soon get a fourth. The run all of these 7-10 hours daily 5 days a week, sometimes 6 when they need to. They are very good machines!
I am interested to know why they chose the Epilog lasers over the cheaper Chinese lasers.

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I am interested to know why they chose the Epilog lasers over the cheaper Chinese lasers.

Joe
My guess is for support and reliability. They run a very busy shop and need equipment that will run day in and day out with support only a phone call away. They've been using Epilog for about 20 years and have gotten to know the owner(s), techs, customer support, etc. and Epilog has stood by them from day one. You won't get any of that with the Chinese machines where 'cheaper' will end up costing you more in the long run.
 
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