Epiloge laser

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Laser Cutting Lab, LLC

After decades of combined experience with working with laser engraving and laser cutting systems, we have compiled a list of our top 10 favorite laser engravers. We are not affiliated with any laser systems manufacturer, this list is based on our own personal experience. The reason for this list is simply to help other out and avoid the problems we went though over the years. You might not use the machine the same way we do and may not necessarily need the same.

We have focused on two categories. One for businesses such as design firms, maker spaces, architects and sign/trophy companies. The second list will be focused on hobby lasers for personal use or for small design firms that only make something occasionally. Hobby lasers are a bad choice for anyone trying to make a living using them and should not see it as a cheap alternative.

The following lasers are what we would recommend for small businesses which include designers, makerspaces and all other professional using the machine for business purposes. If you are serious about running a business in laser cutting you will need a tool that will offer high quality and reliable performance.

1. Epilog Laser – Price Starting at $15,000

MADE IN USA. This has been our favorite machine for a long time, however, we have seen a decline in quality from our favorite manufacturer.

**June 2016 update – Two years ago, this was absolutely hands down our favorite laser engraving system. Not only us, but a number of people we recommended an Epilog to have been experiencing issues as well (which looks bad for us). In one case a machine was delivered with a dead laser tube. Customer support also is not what it was a few years ago, we used to get a support technician within minutes, now I often call for over an hour and give up. I can only assume that there are a lot of people with issues. This suggests that they have grown substantially but have not adequately added staff. Perhaps this is also true in the assembly department as machines are leaving the factory with flaws. It truly is a great machine, customer support is very helpful if you can reach them, but I am not fully sure how much I recommend Epilog anymore. Replacing a laser tube costs $2000, I replace my tube every 6-12 months making it a huge cost for a small business. This is why I am updating this page, my tube is broken again. It was replaced in October 2015.**

These machines last for a very long time and can take a beating. They are the primary choice at Fab Labs and maker / hacker spaces around the word as they are workhorses that require little maintenance and last forever. Take good care and it will last a lifetime. The only issue is that in 10 years the technology will have drastically changed and it may become outdated, however, the accuracy 10 years from now will still be tremendous. We would recommend buying at least a 50 watt Epilog laser as it is much quicker than 30 watt systems and can cut thicker materials. You most likely will regret buying a low wattage laser. Even if all you do is engrave, a 50 watt machine will finish a job in half the time. Buying higher wattage over bigger size will be hugely beneficial to getting work completed much quicker. The main difference between most Epilog machines is the size, although the higher end models have a significant amount of extra power and use newer technology. For most businesses the Epilog mini at 18″ x 12″  or 24″ x 12″ is large enough for almost any job. The Helix is the most popular and quite a bit larger than the mini at 24″ x 18″ which is really plenty for the vast majority of projects. At Laser Cutting Lab we use the Helix at 50 watts as it is simply our favorite machine. Although we rarely have projects that require use the full 24″ x 18″ engraving area, it is great to have that ability.

Epilog Legend Series – (Mini and Helix) – Best laser engraver for any business

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Epilog Legend Seies comes in the Epilog Mini (18″ x 12″ or 24″ x 12″ engraving / cutting area) and Epilog Helix (24″ x 18″ engraving / cutting area) – For most projects the mini will be large enough. We could honestly do 90% of our work on a mini, which is the exact same as a helix, just a smaller size. Most jobs do not require a huge bed size, in fact buying two minis instead of Epilogs larger products is a huge benefit for production. The Epilog mini is an amazing machine, sold in either 18″ x 12″ or 24″ x 12″ with a price tag between $12,000 (for the 30 watt 18×12 inch version) and $20,000 (for the 60 watt 24×12 inch version). Our recommendation would be to go for the Helix, if budget is an issue, we would recommend to go for the 24″ x 12″ version at a minimum 50 watts. Lower wattage is slower speeds and less cutting ability. The Epilog Helix  is sold in one size – 24″ x 18″ – with a price tag of $17,000 for 30 watts and $27,000 for a 75 watt system.

Epilog Legend Series Technical Specifications

Epilog Mini 18Epilog Mini 24Epilog Helix 24
Engraving Area18″ x 12″
(457 x 305 mm)
24″ x 12″
(610 x 305 mm)
24″ x 18″
(610 x 457 mm)
Maximum Material Thickness4″ (102 mm)5.5″ (140 mm)8.5″ (216 mm)
Maximum Material Thickness with Table Removed6″ (152 mm) 17.5″ x 10″ (44 x 254 mm) engraving area.8″ (203 mm) 23.5″ x 11.75″ (597 x 298 mm) engraving area.11″ (279 mm) 23.5″ x 17″ (597 x 432 mm) engraving area.
Laser Wattage30 or 40 watts30, 40, 50, or 60 watts30, 40, 50, 60, or 75 watts
Laser SourceState-of-the-art, digitally controlled, air-cooled CO2 laser tubes are fully modular, permanently aligned and field replaceable.
Intelligent Memory CapacityMultiple file storage up to 64 MB. Rolling buffer allows files of any size to be engraved.
Air AssistAttach an air compressor to our included Air Assist to remove heat and combustible gases from the cutting surface by directing a constant stream of compressed air across the cutting surface.
Laser DashboardThe Laser Dashboard™ controls your Epilog Laser’s settings from a wide range of software packages – from design programs to spreadsheet applications to CAD drawing packages.
Red Dot PointerSince the laser beam is invisible, the Red Dot Pointer on Epilog’s Zing Laser allows you to have a visual reference for locating where the laser will fire.
Relocatable HomeWhen engraving items that are not easily placed at the top corner of the laser, you can set a new home position by hand with the convenient Movable Home Position feature on the Legend Series Lasers.
Operating ModesOptimized raster, vector or combined modes.
Motion Control SystemHigh-speed, continuous-loop, DC servo motors using linear and rotary encoder technology for precise positioning.
X-Axis BearingsGround and polished stainless steel NeverWear Bearing System.
BeltsAdvanced B-style Kevlar Belts.
ResolutionUser controlled from 75 to 1200 dpi.
Speed and Power ControlComputer or manually control speed and power in 1% increments to 100%. Vector color mapping links speed, power and focus to any RGB color.
Print Interface10 Base-T Ethernet or USB Connection. Compatible with Windows® XP/Vista/7/8/10.
Size (W x D x H)27.8″ x 26″ x 13.5″
(706 x 660 x 343 mm)
34.5″ x 26″ x 16″
(876 x 660 x 406 mm)
36.5″ x 32″ x 39.8″
(927 x 813 x 1011 mm)
Weight70 lbs (32 kg)
100 lbs (45.5 kg) w/stand
90 lbs (41 kg)
120 lbs (55 kg) w/stand
180 lbs (82 kg)
Electrical RequirementsAuto-switching power supply accommodates 110 to 240 volts, 50 or 60 Hz, single phase, 15 amp AC.
Maximum Table WeightThe Mini 18 and 24 have a static table weight of 50 lbs (22.7 kg) and a lifting table weight of 25 lbs (11.5 kg).The Helix 24 has a static table weight of 70 lbs (32 kg) and a lifting table weight of 30 lbs (14 kg).
Normal Sound Level59 db59 db62 db
Ventilation System350 – 400 CFM (595-680 m3/hr) external exhaust to the outside or internal filtration system is required. There is one output port, 4″ in diameter.350 – 400 cfm (595-680 m3/hr) external exhaust to the outside or internal filtration system is required. There is one output port, 4″ in diameter.

 

Epilog Fusion Sieries – serious workhorse for any size business.

epilog-fusion

The Epilog fusion comes in two sizes, either 32″ x 20″ or the huge 40″ x 28″ engraving area. Prices for the 32″ Fusion are from $22,500 for the 30 watt system to $34,000 for the 75 watt version. The 40″ Fusion starts at $25,500 for 30 watts and goes up to about $45,500 for the 120 watt version. Some truly amazing things can be done at these sizes and with this much power. However, for the majority of businesses (especially starting businesses, which I assume most people reading this might be) this is just more than you would need. I would first establish yourself as a business using a mini or Helix and expand once you get to that point as the great majority of projects can be done on a smaller unit. If you have already established your business and need this extra capability, you will not be let down by it. We have a CNC router that accommodates cutting larger jobs, we have never had a request for engraving anything of that size (at least not in one piece). There are very few applications that we would need that extra size for, all of which can be done using different machines which cost us far less.

Epilog Fusion Series Technical Specifications

Epilog FiberMark 24Epilog Fusion M2 32 FiberEpilog Fusion M2 40 Fiber
Engraving Area24″ x 12″
(610 x 305 mm)
32″ x 20″
(812 x 508 mm)
40″ x 28″
(1016 x 711 mm)
Focal Length (F-Theta Lens)3″ (76.2 mm)3″ (76.2 mm)3″ (76.2 mm)
Maximum Material Thickness5″ (127 mm)12.5″ (317 mm)12.25″ (311 mm)
Laser Wattage20, 30, or 50 watts
Laser TypeSolid State Pulsed Ytterbium Fiber Laser (air cooled).
Mode of OperationPulsed 20-80 kHZ.
Repetition Rate (Frequency)20 kHZ – 100 kHz depending on the laser wattage.
Intelligent Memory CapacityMultiple file storage up to 64 MB. Rolling buffer allows files of any size to be engraved.Multiple file storage up to 128 MB.
Air AssistAttach the included air compressor to our Air Assist to remove heat and combustible gases from the marking surface by directing a constant stream of compressed air across the marking surface.Attach an air compressor to remove heat and combustible gases from the surface by directing a stream of air across the marking surface.
Laser DashboardThe Laser Dashboard™ controls your Epilog Laser’s settings from a wide range of software packages – from design programs to spreadsheet applications to CAD drawing packages.
Red Dot PointerSince the laser beam is invisible, the Red Dot Pointer on Epilog’s Fiber Laser allows you to have a visual reference for locating where the laser will fire.
Relocatable HomeWhen engraving items that are not easily placed at the top corner of the laser, you can set a new home position by hand (FM 24) or joystick (FM Fusion) with the convenient Movable Home Position features on the FiberMark Laser.
Operating ModesRaster, vector or combined modes.
Motion Control SystemHigh-speed, continuous-loop, DC servomotors using linear and rotary encoding technology for precise positioning.
X-Axis BearingsGround and polished stainless steel long-lasting bearing system. Self lubricating on the Fusion M2
BeltsAdvanced B-style Kevlar belts.Double-wide Kevlar (x-axis) and Steel Cord (y-axis) belts.
ResolutionUser controlled from 75 to 1200 dpi
Speed and Power ControlComputer or manually control speed and power in 1% increments to 100%. Raster and vector color mapping links speed, power and focus to any RGB color.
Print Interface10 Base-T Ethernet or USB connection. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8.
Size (W x D x H)34.5″ x 24.5″ x 16″
(876 x 622 x 406 mm)
52.5″ x 33.5″ x 40.75″
(1334 x 851 x 1035 mm)
60.5″ x 41.25″ x 42.25″
(1537 x 1048 x 1073 mm))
43″ (1092 mm) deep with exhaust plenum.
Weight120 lbs (55 kg)without stand500 lbs (227 kg)643 lbs (292 kg)
Electrical RequirementsAuto-switching power supply accommodates 110 to 240 volts, 50 or 60 Hz, single phase, 15 amp AC.
Maximum Table Weight200 lbs (90 kg) for static and 80 lbs (36 kg) for lifiting.200 lbs (90 kg) for static and 100 lbs (46 kg) for lifting.
Ventilation SystemExternal exhaust or internal filtration system is required via single 4″ (101.6 mm) output port.External exhaust or internal filtration system is required via two 4″ (101.6 mm) output ports.

 

2. Trotec Laser Speedy Series

trotec laser engraver speedy series

An incredibly high Quality laser made in Austria. The Trotec Speedy series comes in 3 options; CO2, Fiber and Flexx and in 4 different sizes and power capabilities.

Work area24.0 x 12.0 inch28.6 x 17.0 inch32.0 x 20.0 inch39.4 x 24.0 inch
Max. workpiece height5.2 inch6.5 inch7.4 inch11.7 inch
Laser power – CO212 – 60 watts12 – 120 watts40 – 120 watts40 – 120 watts
Laser power – Fiber10 – 30 watts10 – 50 watts10 – 50 watts10 – 50 watts
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3. Universal Laser Systems – Price Starting at $15,000

Universal Laser Systems PLS4.75

 

Universal Laser systems is another American company making very high end laser engraving and cutting machines. Universal, which has been around for 30 years (since 1988) has a wide range of lasers to fit just about any need. Universal lasers are frequently used  in Universities and maker spaces around the world as they are known for their durability, speed and precision.

 

 

 

4. Full Spectrum Laser – P-Series – Starting At $5,000

Full Spectrum P-Series Laser Engraving System

Full Spectrum Lasers has come a long way in recent years. The machines are made in the United States and are at the lowest price range for American made lasers.

 

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Introduction: Epilog Laser Instruction

Here is a brief tutorial on using FabLab Tacoma's Epilog Laser Engraver 75 watts, 36x24 bed size. This is set up using Corel Draw with a vectorized image of a duck. This does not apply for every laser engraver, and if you are unsure about your settings check your laser manual or the internet for recommended settings.

Also we apologize for the lack of clear images, they were PrintScreens from our computer. Enjoy as Elysa, a member and employee of FabLab Tacoma, sets up a simple laser job. (:

Step 1: Check Your Image

Once you have your design set onto your page check your image lines. The lines you want to cut through (vector) should be set as "Hairline" while the places you want to engrave (raster) should be larger than hairline or filled completely.

Step 2: Go to the Print Screen

After checking your lines click File --> Print

Step 3: Select Your Printer

Now that you are on the print screen you are able to select your printer, in our case we select "Epilog Engraver Winx64"

Step 4: Preferences

After selecting the printer, click on preferences to change laser settings.

Step 5: Job Size

First thing you want to change in preferences is your job size. Make sure this matches the size you put your design on. In our case we put our duck on a 24"x12" material size.

Step 6: Auto Focus

There are two ways to focus the laser, manually and auto focus. To Auto Focus the laser you simply click the auto focus box.

Step 7: Manually Focus

To manually focus the laser choose the metal triangle that fits with the lens you are using. Place the triangle so it fits over the top of the lens. If needed you can "Turn Off X/Y" to focus in the middle of your material. Now use the arrow key inside the bed and move the Z-Axis till the tip of the triangle is just touching your material. When you are done remove the triangle and press Reset to turn on X/Y. You are now manually focused.

If you manually focus DO NOT click the Auto Focus box in preferences.

Step 8: Set Job Type

You can now choose what your Job Type is. You can either select "Raster" which is only going to engrave the lines that are thicker than hairline, "Vector" which will only cut out all of your hairlines, or "Combined" which will Raster THEN Vector your design.

Step 9: Set Raster

During this step you will set your Raster settings. Settings will determine how deep and dark you engrave. When you are using wood to get a deeper darker raster you would make your Speed fairly low while your Power is set higher, and vice versa if you want a lighter raster. When rastering Acrylic Plastic the speed won't make a difference on the color of the raster, instead it will determine the depth of the raster.

Rastering is all up to user preference, there isn't necessarily a right and wrong setting for Raster, although we do suggest not going 100% power to conserve energy as well as keep maintenance costs down.

Step 10: Vector Settings

These settings will determine how deep your hairline will cut. Again, the less Speed and more Power you use, the more likely it will cut all the way through on the first cut. There are many vector settings online for various materials, but it does differ according to the age and wattage of your laser. I suggest running a few tests to find out which settings work well with your material. You will also want to change your Frequency depending on your material, for birch plywood we go 500 hz, and for acrylic plastic we choose 5000 hz. Of course, this does differ depending on the laser and material. You can also check online for other frequencies.

And remember, if you are a strictly vector line artist who works with only hairlines, you can choose to not cut entirely through your material in order to create your image.

Step 11: Check Your Settings

Once you have finished setting your vector lines, double check all of your settings. When you are ready, click OK!

Step 12: Click Print

Double check the image on the print preview screen, if it looks incorrect go back and check your job size. If everything looks correct go ahead and press print.

Step 13: Put in Your Material

Place your material into the bed of the machine. We usually place ours in the upper left corner, but you can also set your own home and place your material there.

Step 14: Click Go

Always double check that the job number/title matches your job. If it doesn't then go back and click print again after checking if your preferences have changed. If it's your job on the screen, press Go and watch as your masterpiece gets lasered!

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Epilog Helix 24 in the Idea Shop Prototyping Lab

The Epilog Helix 24 is a CNC laser cutter that is capable of cutting, rastering, and etching a variety of materials in two dimensions (along the X-Y plane). The Epilog Helix uses color mapped vector files to cut material up to 1/4" (5mm) thick.

Steps to use the laser:

  1. Prepare your file using one of our our templates
  2. Send your file to the laser from the Assembly Space
  3. Add your name to the queue
  4. Use the computer in the Maker Space to cut your file.


Note: Use of the laser is first come, first served. You must first send your file to the laser cutter (prepared using our template) to be added to the queue. When there is an active queue, users have up to one hour to cut their job. Any jobs longer than one hour will be stopped after 60 minutes and the user added anew to the end of the queue.

General Stats:
Material : Acrylic, Wood, Foam Core, MDF, ABS (in limited quantities), Paper, Cardboard, Leather. (See Laser Cutter Materials for permitted/prohibited materials.)
Maximum Part Size : 457.2mm x 609.6mm (18in x 24in)
Maximum Material Thickness for Through Cuts : 1/4in

Strengths

  • Quickly cuts through a variety of materials
  • Uses AutoCAD or other vector file formats for true to size accuracy .
  • Good for creating quick prototypes out of different materials

Weaknesses

  • Restricted in size to 18" x 24" bed
  • Restricted to cutting 2D geometries
  • Long Queues

Preparing Your File

Preparing a File in AutoCAD

Main Article : Preparing a Laser File in AutoCAD

All computers in the Assembly Space have AutoCad installed and are pre-loaded with our template. This template has a designated area the size of the laser bed, as well as layers for different laser settings, such as cut first (for interiors), cut last, raster, score shallow, and score deep. File type is .dwg, but .dxf files may be imported.

For assistance or tips with preparing your file, don't hesitate to ask Idea Shop staff, who will be happy to help you. Refer to the Preparing a Laser File in AutoCAD for more detailed instructions.

Preparing a File in Illustrator

Main Article : Preparing a Laser File in Illustrator

Coming soon!

Sending Your File to The Laser

How your print screen should look before sending a file to the laser

1. Select the “Print” button from the top left corner.

2. Make sure the “Epilog Laser/Engraver” is the selected printer.

3. Change any other settings so that the that the print screen matches the picture to the right.

4. Click the “Select Window” button to select whichever 18”x24” rectangle contains your part.
 a. Plot Area > “Window<”
 b. You will be brought back to the drawing screen.
 c. Select the top left corner and the bottom right corner of the rectangle itself. Do not simply select an arbitrary area containing your part.

5. Make sure the plot scale ratio is set to 1:1
 a. Plot scale > Scale:

6. Select “Preview…” and make sure everything including the layer colors looks correct.

7. Click “OK” to send your file to the laser queue.

Laser Queue

Use of the laser is on a first come, first served basis, reflected in the queue system. Once you've sent your file to the laser, notify a staff member to be added to the queue. The queue is a list of names in purple ink on a white board next to the laser cutter.

  • Only Idea Shop staff may edit the queue.
  • Users are added to the queue only after their files have been color mapped and plotted to the laser.
  • Only one team member from a project may be in the queue at any time.
  • If there is a queue, users have up to one hour of laser time. If after one hour the a job remains incomplete, users will be asked to stop their job and then be added to the end of the queue. If there is no queue, users can take as long as they need!
  • If you are not present when your name is called you will be removed from the queue.
  • The queue resets everyday.

Using the Epilog Laser Cutter

Preparing a File in Epilog Job Manager

Home Screen View of Laser Computer

In the Epilog job manager, find your file in the queue. Double click to open your job.

  1. Rename your job. Double click the job name on top and name it something short and distinct. When the file is sent to the laser cutter, this helps in distinguishing your job from previous jobs. (if all jobs started with Z:\ it can be difficult to differentiate them)
  2. Set the power settings according to your material. On the bottom right of the job popup screen, click the folder with the arrow button to open the "Material Settings" menu. Select the correct material from the left column (Acrylic, MDF, Wood, etc...) and then choose the thickness of the material being cut. Be sure to double click the appropriate thickness. This will set the recommended speed and power. Click "Save" to return to your job.
  3. If you have manually focused the laser, ensure that Auto Focus is set to the "off" option.
    Review and Modify Laser Cutting Settings on "Job Information" Screen
  4. Preview your job. Select the "Preview" tab on the "Job Information" screen to see a scaled image of the file. Check that this is correct. If you need to move the placement of your artwork, you can click the pencil icon at the bottom left of the screen to edit placement.
  5. Select the "Information" tab to return to the "Job Information" screen. The file is ready be ready to cut. Select the print button in the bottom left corner to send the file to the machine. Confirm that your file has been sent to the laser by checking the file name on the LED display on the laser.

Preparing the Laser for Cutting

Load your material into the laser bed. If your material is less than the full size of the bed, place your material in the upper left hand corner of the bed.

  • For thicker materials, the bed may need to be lowered. To do this, press the Focus button, then use the up or down arrows to adjust the height of the bed.
  • For extremely precise cuts, it is best to manually focus the laser. To do do this, press the "Focus" button on the cutter to bring the head forward. Place the triangular focus tool (located in the cup next to the monitor) on the two pins on the laser head and use the arrow buttons to raise the bed until the material just barely touches the bottom of the tool. Once you are satisfied, remove the tool and press reset to return the laser head to the home position. Be sure that auto-focus is disabled in the Epilog Job Manager (resend your file to the cutter if necessary).
For a detailed step by step guide, see: Focusing the Laser

Cutting Your Material

Ensure that your job name is displayed on the LED display on the laser. Then, press the green GO button to start your job. Once a job has finished, the laser will home and beep. After the beep sounds, you may open the lid and remove your material.

Helpful Tips

  • Make sure the ventilation switch (in the wall by the monitor) is turned on in order to reduce the amount of fumes and smoke coming from the material as it is cut.
  • Do not press go until the data LED has stopped blinking. If the LED is still blinking and the display does not yet show the correct job name, this means the laser is still receiving data. Files with raster data may take up to a minute to completely send to the laser cutter.
  • While the laser is cutting, the door of the laser must remain closed.
  • If at any time you want to pause the job, press the red STOP button. Press the green go button to resume the job. If you want to end the job, press the reset button.

Troubleshooting

If you are consistently having trouble cutting through on the appropriate settings, you can try a number of the following:

  • If the laser has not cut all the way through the material, do not remove your material. Close the lid and press GO to run your job again.
    • Depending on the material or the degree to which material has been cut through, it may be easier to cut it out with an x-acto knife.
  • Re-focus the laser to the center of your material
  • Reduce the cutting speed (see a staff member for help).
  • Set the material in the material settings to be thicker than the material you are actually cutting

Fire Safety

When using the laser cutter, a small flame that follows the laser is always to be expected. However, if the flame remains after the laser has moved on and begins to grow in size, users should take steps to contain and extinguish the fire.

  • Attempt to extinguish the fire by snuffing it out with the welding blanket
  • If fire cannot be extinguished with the welding blanket alone, progress to the dry CO2 fire extinguishers
  • If the fire cannot be contained by the use of the CO2 extinguishers, progress to the wet chemical extinguisher located in the wall behind the glass.

Machine Proficiency

Under Construction

In order for an individual to advance in machine proficiency they must demonstrate ability to perform certain actions or tasks. All levels include abilities and concepts from lower levels.

This section is primarily for student workers.

Troubleshooting info and more can be found on the Epilog website: http://support.epiloglaser.com/knowledgec.aspx?cid=8205

Adjusting table level: http://support.epiloglaser.com/article/8205/11959/

Aligning the laser beam: http://supportsystem.livehelpnow.net/article/8205/12189/

Level 0

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Plotting a prepared AutoCAD vector / hatch raster file to Epilog Job Manager.
  • Selecting the correct material in Epilog Job Manager.
  • Determining whether manual or auto focus should be used.
  • Determining whether the exhaust fan and air assist compressor are operating.
  • Locating the fire retardant cloth and fire extinguisher.

Individual understands the concepts:

  • What materials are unsafe to cut or engrave on the laser.
  • Adjusting power and speed settings to cut slightly different material.
  • Application of cut first versus cut last and scoring versus rastering.

Level 1

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Preparing a vector / hatch raster AutoCAD file for laser cutting.
  • Manually focusing the laser.
  • Identifying materials that are safe to cut / engrave.
  • Clean the accessible mirrors and lens.
  • Recovering from an auto focus bed crash.
  • Replacing and cleaning the laser bed.
  • Adjust power and speed settings to cut slightly different material.
  • Switching the job between combined, vector only, and raster only.

Individual understands the concepts:

  • Engraving on anodized metals.
  • Creating hinged parts on the laser.
  • Knowing when it is safe and applicable to turn off air assist.
  • Engraving images.
  • Optimizing laser files to minimize wasted material and job time.
  • Selecting an appropriate laser bed.

Level 2

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Realigning and resuming a moved part using visible red laser alignment.
  • Replacing and recalibrating the auto focus.
  • Cleaning and lubricating guide rails and pulleys.
  • Changing the XY focus location.
  • Making jigs to engrave irregularly shaped items.

Individual understands the concepts:

  • Laser Cutting Kerf.
  • Using chemical agents to engrave on metal.
  • Understanding and identifying the effects of an un-level bed.
  • Knowing whether to change material settings or rerun a job which is not cutting through.
  • Using additive layering to create 3D models

Level 3

Individual has demonstrated they are capable of:

  • Extinguishing a fire.
  • Leveling the laser bed.
  • Focusing the laser mirrors.
  • Creating new material settings.
  • Ability to edit and prepare an image for optimal engraving.

Individual understands the concepts:

  • Impact of laser frequency.
  • Bottom-Up versus Top-Down engraving benefits.
  • Differentiation of image dithering algorithms.
  • Using additive layering to creating models with moving parts.

Location

Epilog Laser in the Idea Shop Maker Space
Sours: https://wiki.ideashop.iit.edu/index.php?title=Epilog_Helix_24
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Zing Lasers


Entry level with High-Quality Features and Components

Zing Laser Engraver Cutter Series

The Epilog Zing Laser Starter Series is Epilog's economical small format, high-quality engraving line. The Zing Laser machine is available in 16" x 12" and 24" x 12" formats, with CO2 laser tubes ranging from 30 to 60 watts.

HIGH-QUALITY ENGRAVING & Cutting, 120 IPS, and Epilog's IRIS Camera System

Legend Laser Engraver Cutter Series

Find out why the Fusion Edge Laser Series is the number one choice for engravers worldwide. The Fusion Edge Laser machine is available in 24" x 12" and 24" x 24" formats, with CO2 laser tubes ranging from 30 to 80 watts.

PREMIUM Level ENGRAVING & CUTTING quality and Speeds

Fusion M2 Laser Engraver Cutter Series

The Fusion Pro Series features our top-of-the-line CO2 laser machines and is utilized by customers for the highest-quality engraving and cutting of wood, acrylics, plastics, stone, and much more. The Fusion Pro is available in 32" x 20" and 48" x 36" formats, with CO2 laser tubes ranging from 50 to 120 watts, and fiber laser sources ranging from 30 to 50.

Fiber Laser Systems: Metal Engraving and Plastic Marking Laser Machines

FiberLaser Engraver Cutter Series

Epilog's fiber laser machines are a great solution for etching and marking all types of bare metals and plastics. Print to the laser directly from any graphic software program for easy job setup, and etch an entire table full of parts at one time.

Zing Laser Systems
Zing 16Zing 24 
Engraving Work Area16" x 12" (406 x 305 mm)24" x 12" (610 x 305 mm)
Max Workpiece Height4.5" (114 mm)7.75" (197 mm)
CO2 - Laser Power30 or 40 watts30, 40, 50, or 60 watts
Laser System Connectivity Ethernet and USB Connection Ethernet and USB Connection
Fusion Edge Laser Systems
Edge 12Edge 24
Engraving Work Area24" x 12" (610 x 305 mm)24" x 24" (610 x 610 mm)
Max Workpiece Height4" (102 mm) 7" (178 mm)
CO2 - Laser Power30, 40, 50, or 60 watts30, 40, 50, 60, or 80 watts
Fiber - Laser Power30 watts---
Laser System Connectivity Ethernet, USB, and Wireless Connection Ethernet, USB, and Wireless Connection
Fusion Pro Laser Systems
Fusion PRo 32Fusion Pro 48
Engraving Work Area32" x 20" (812 x 508 mm)48" x 36" (1219 x 914 mm)
Max Workpiece Height12.25" (311 mm)12.25" (311 mm)
Laser Power
(CO2, Fiber, or Dual Options)
CO2 - 50, 60, 75, or 120 watts
Fiber - 30 or 50 watts
CO2 - 50, 60, 75, or 120 watts
Fiber - 30 or 50 watts
Laser System Connectivity Ethernet, USB, and Wireless Connection Ethernet, USB, and Wireless Connection
Fiber Laser Systems
Fusion Edge 12Fusion Pro 32Fusion PRo 48
Engraving Work Area24" x 12" (610 x 305 mm)32" x 20" (812 x 508 mm)48" x 36" (1219 x 914 mm)
Max Workpiece Height4" (127 mm) 12.25" (311 mm)12.25" (311 mm)
Fiber - Laser Power 30 watts 30 or 50 watts 30 or 50 watts
Laser System Connectivity Ethernet, USB, and Wireless Connection Ethernet, USB, and Wireless Connection Ethernet, USB, and Wireless Connection

Laser Sample Portfolio

Creating unique laser engraved items is easy with an Epilog Laser System. Whether your working with wood, acrylic, plastic, marble, fabric, metal or any other material you can use an Epilog Laser system to etch intricate designs into your materials with ease

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