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Laser Cutter (World’s largest self-assembly (DIY) style CO2 laser cutter and engraver)

by smartDIYs Sep 21, 2016
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can you share the x + y carrier plate

Lasersaur is twice as big and 5 years older, not the biggest dude

The cover seems completely clear !! Protect against laser reflections ??

The cover is not made to protect your eyes from the laser beam. Please wear protection glasses when operating the machine.

Nice looking machine, in what looks like a very decent footprint ! Kudos to the designer of this machine !

Unfortunately, it isn't versatile enough for my requirements, but a nice design !

If I was to source all the parts myself about how much would this machine cost to make?

Judging from some of the cheaper components used, the tiny Nema 17s (although they are rack & pinion mounted; which is nice) if you shopped sensibly you could probably buy all the parts for maybe 1/3 to 1/4 of the price asked. But you DO have to pay extra for the drawings, the know-how and the R&D that would have gone in to making it....only makes sense. You also pay for the convenience of NOT having to source all your own parts one at a time (which is nice) and for delivery as ONE ready to assemble unit.

I'm in the process of DIY'ing my own 80W Co2 laser with a standard 650 x 450 bed size, auto-focusing Z axis (with a max depth of 280mm) and with doors front and back to allow me to cut larger pieces by 'sliding' them through the frame and cutting sections out at a time.... (I may look at having an automated 'feed' function on the U axis, and doubling the Y axis as a rotary axis, but I'm not too worried about those right now.

Built in a steel enclosure consisting of 20x20x2 SHS and 1mm steel plate skin measuring approx. 1000x700x 600mm (small footprint)

After 4-5 weeks of research and parts sourcing my total costs are approx. £900. By the time I'm finished I would expect my total costs would be closer to £1100-£1250.

This gets me a MUCH more powerful and capable machine that the one advertised; powered by a 32-bit dedicated controller with full USB, flash drive and Ethernet connectivity, Nema 23 motors (upgradable to servos later if need be) an unlimited cutting length, MASSIVE cutting depth, etc... but if I were to 'sell' my design and parts in kit form I'd be asking for at least £ 3500 ! And at least £4500 assembled !

This isn't because I'm greedy, but because to achieve this price I had to do a LOT of sourcing, a LOT of research, a lot of testing and a LOT of waiting !

So although this product isn't for me as I don't consider it versatile enough for my requirements, I would suggest if it ticks all the boxes of a product you require...it isn't bad value for money !

It's also a nice looking unit (most aren't !)

Hi,
I am interessted in the 32-bit Controller.
Could you please tell me which one you are using?

Best regards

Hello, could you share pictures of your design ? :-)

Hey Jack,

I don't see why not; although the design has taken many forms over the last couple of months.... and I keep changing my mind about certain aspects. lol

Currently planning to mount it as part of my workbench so that when not in use and the lid is closed, it's just part of the workbench...
(I've got a small garage and need to make the most of the space I've got; hence the regular changes to the design.)

Been really busy recently, but I'll PM you something when I get a chance.

They're here to sell the thing. So they're unlikely to tell you!