I finally bit the bullet and bought an entry-level laser cutter(Link to Listing). I have always wanted a laser cutter but a decent machine has always been outside my budget until now. These cheap chinese laser cutters are notorious for horrible software and electronics but relatively good laser tubes. With the success of my Arduino CNC shield I decided that I would give this machine a go and upgrade it to make it easier to work with.
I ordered the JK-K30-20 40W Laser Cutter from a seller on Aliexpress that I have order bits from in the past. The laser arrived within a week and was packed very well.
- The Main laser cutting machine
- Water Pump – Basically a water fountain pump.
- Smoke extractor and 2 meter of 10 cm air ducting.
- Power cable, nice long USB cable, CD and USB dongle for the software.
Over the next few weeks I will do some write-ups about the laser cutter on how to run it and improve some of the features.
Below are a few initial pictures of the machines.