Did I Waste $2400 on a 60W Laser Cutter from China?
I did it. I took the leap and bought a 60w Orion Motor Tech Black and Yellow laser engraver/cutter on amazon!
Overall, I'm very impressed with this laser. The sweet spot for laser cutting and laser engraving is 60-80 watts. Higher watts and the engraving will not be as good because the laser is just too powerful. We're able to cut up to 1/2 material depending on the density. 1/4 material is easy to cut in one pass. We primarily use 1/4 birch plywood for our uses. Since this laser is a C02 laser, it will not cut ANY metal. You'd need a fiber laser for that, however it will mark on metal using thermal marking spray. It will cut cork, soft and hard wood, acrylic, cardboard, and paper. It will mark on glass, slate, stone, granite, and marble. Be careful you do not cut certain types of plastics as the release toxic gases and will kill you if inhaled.
Included with the laser:
Bottom Hatch - “The Guts”:
Power Plate (Back Bottom Left Corner):
Air/Water Hookups (Back Bottom Right Corner):
Front and Back Bottom Hatches:
Top Back Hatch:
Pass Through Ports:
What’s in the mysterious zipper package?
Some things that didn’t come with the laser:
Summary: This thing is awesome! So far, I’ve used it in making signs, home décor, 3D wooden models and so much more. I can cut through up to about 1/2” of wood depending on density and have started experimenting with etching on metal as well (you will need a spray to do so like THIS called Ceramark or Thermark ). Overall, this laser is a great buy, a great tool and all around fun to play with.
5/27/2020 08:30:11 pm
I recently grabbed this same laser and was wondering if you have any experience cutting acrylic on it?
<a href="https://www.heatsign.com/automotive-industry-marking-solutions" rel="nofollow">Laser marking</a> is so much more versatile than some might believe; what seems like an efficient method of design is also an effective marketing technique and prevents forgery, among other things. Great article
6/27/2020 01:31:48 pm
Did you ever come up with your feeds and speeds chart you mention in the previous Laser post? I am looking at getting the 100W, and would like to prepare my brain. Cheers!
6/27/2020 03:05:56 pm
Not positive, But I think the color of machine roughly corelates with the power. They appear to still be making red ones, but they are 80, 100, 130 watts.... However, I have to admit, that is as far as I can tell.
2/28/2021 11:58:49 am
Please advise concerning best laser for my SHAPOKO.
10/27/2022 07:35:46 am
Thank yoou for writing this
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