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Laser engraving and CNC routing on one machine

Posted by SMW3D on

Who buys our CNC router kits? Military branches, universities, and a slew of businesses that need more than a cookie cutter machine. Why? Our machine allows hacking like no other. 

We have seen our machines in installations such as in camera position systems, pick and place, tattoo artistry, air brushing, ceramic printing, hydroponic use and many other applications we cannot discuss. 

How could we improve this? Make the machine even easier to use out of the box?

The addition of the laser engraver has been something we have long discussed. We recently switched the kits over to a GRBL controller. The controller has a laser mode that turns off spindle output on G0 commands. This was just the push we needed. 

We sampled several laser diode systems and landed on the J-Tech brand. Changing a mount and adding additional wires now allows hackers even more options to use our kits out of the box.

One can now pick up one of the kits and immediately have the option to use subtractive manufacturing (routing) and with a few key strokes laser engrave the product. 

We very much look forward to seeing what others can do with this capability, here are some examples of what we did shortly after strapping the laser on an OX,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFfMek09530

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  • Laser and router in one machine
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