Sep 5, 2013

More DIY RepRap laser cutters and engravers

Why is there no standardized, well documented and easy DIY laser cutter / engraver project? We need one! Those machines could add great toolset for desktop manufacturing community ... just sayin' ... I would do it if I knew how...

Prusa crew recently released a video of their printer with laser cutter:

http://diy3dprinting.blogspot.com/2013/07/laser-cutting-with-prusa-mendel-i2.html

I searched around and found some more RepRap laser DIY projects:

This one with 2W laser diode from projector:



Video by:
http://www.youtube.com/user/burnsnu?feature=watch


RepRap electronics controlling a DIY laser cutter:




Detailed buildlog:

http://www.buildlog.net/buildlog/view_log.php?id=261

Video by:
http://www.youtube.com/user/engserve?feature=watch



























RepRap Mendel with 1w laser for circuit etching:




Source:
http://blog.reonarudo.info/

Video by:
http://www.youtube.com/user/MorwenReonarudo?feature=watch


RepRap Mendel with 1000mW laser head



Video by: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheKibuz?feature=watch


here is a link to RepRap wiki about laser cutters: http://reprap.org/wiki/Laser_Cutter_Notes


REMEMBER:

WEAR EYE PROTECTION WHEN WORKING WITH LASERS!

Update:

here is a post with information on how to upgrade your 3d printer into laser cutter / engraver:

http://diy3dprinting.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-upgrade-your-3d-printer-into.html


Update 2:

here is home developed hybrid dual extruder 3d printer and laser cutter - the Habu:

http://diy3dprinting.blogspot.com/2013/12/habu-dual-extruder-3d-printer-and-laser.html

Update 3:

here is DIY laser upgrade of Rostock Max used for leather etching:

http://diy3dprinting.blogspot.com/2014/01/rostock-max-with-diy-laser-upgrade-used.html

Update3:

If you want to make very simple laser engraver from two DVD RW drives:

http://diy3dprinting.blogspot.com/2014/03/engravr-simple-raspi-powered-laser.html