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My CNC mentor and neighbor, Howard Boehm, has done some great YouTube videos on CNC accessories. This one is how he added a 6 watt burning laser (PLH3D-6W-XF) to his AVID Desktop Pro CNC Router.

I believe he is working on a "How to Make It Video" but it isn't ready yet.

 

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I have strongly considered adding a laser to our CNC but I have a really good relationship with the trophy shop I do woodworking for (they have 3 lasers and do work for me, often for free). But even at that there have been times when engraving something right on the CNC before removing it after machining would've been so much better and less work in the long run.

However, these videos really move the needle toward adding that laser. It's been so long since I looked at them and I had no idea they worked this well and this smoothly. I can't wait for his 'how to' video on this, Gary.

The laser shop's machines are much faster but their main Epilog cost over $50k so I would expect it to be faster.

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I'm interested too but that one is $550 for 6w.
Ortur has a portable one that's $175 for 4w and you can engrave on any sized object. So????
For me It's kind of a toss up between a laser and a rotary 4th axis.

https://youtu.be/UVjWKkfv-KU
Not too bad, Joe. I like the portability and the larger size model would be even better.

I vote rotary axis first! lol
For me the rotary axis makes more sense, Bob, although it would be cool to have both the laser and rotary axis on the same CNC machine. Virtually unlimited possibilities!

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For me the rotary axis makes more sense, Bob, although it would be cool to have both the laser and rotary axis on the same CNC machine. Virtually unlimited possibilities!

David
David, Do you think you have enough room on your Z-Axis to mount the 3d printer head and the plasma torch? 😉
Ol' blue is gonna look like a big swiss army knife!! 🙂
 

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I really like the idea of having a laser on my cnc however for me the smoke smell would prohibit it's use since my machine is in my basement. I need to buy another cnc for my large detached workshop or a dedicated laser! lol is what my wife would say!!!:laugh2:
 
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