it says it's 1000 wats, and the description states "Suitable for Carving Seals , PCB , Ivory , Bubinga , Hard Wood , Plastic , Bamboo , Rubber , Leather , Paper ect. Can't engrave any kind of Metal / Aluminum / Acrylic / Glass" I would say it can etch plastic dice.
Keep scale in mind. That picture makes it look bigger than it is. You engraving area is 38mmx38mm which is 1.49 inches. It will work fine for engraving dice but you will be very limited on what else you can do with that size. If all you plan to do is small items like that, then that looks like a decent price.
I like the idea of the small one so I can take it outside easily, to avoid the fumes. Was thinking I would connect to the laptop .
looking at that one for $100, I see it's just made out of two DVD drive internals. There is a project for this that you can print on thingiverse.com. But that's too much work I would just buy this one.
It doesn't engrave dice very deeply to fill with paint. But leaves visible Etching. So I guess it would be good for white dice. Or wooden dice.
I wouldn't mind a laser cutter/engraver. So I can make all those wooden projects on thingiverse.com. But I don't know where I would station it, Or how I'd ventilate it.
I'd love this one (I think). It's 40W and seems like a popular brand.. but don't know much about it yet.. need to review. But I know this one guy on Boardgamegeek.com that has a "40w laser engraver" and charges $2 per die to engrave.
I had the opportunity to use a much larger version of this item, back in 2000. It was an industrial model, capable of cutting/engraving much larger items. That unit cost over $10,000! This is quite amazing to see something this powerful, for so very little money.
On an aside, have you checked into the pricing for the gas bottles to run it? Make certain you know the full cost before you purchase the laser unit.
With regards to the fumes, there are activated charcoal filters available. It is relatively simple to assemble an exhaust fan to pump the fumes through a charcoal filter. Cheers!
BEtter than what? The one I just linked? Anyways, here is a video review of the one I just linked.
The big thing with a lot of the ones like that is that they are set up for "professional" use rather than personal. They tend to be designed for someone who already has a lot of experience with them. You need to do a lot more work to clean and maintain them which is far more tedious since it's set up to be for someone who really knows what they're doing already.
Things like the glowforge and similar, are essentially designed for someone who doesn't already know how to use them and designed to be easy to work with.
Can't remember which video it was, but on Tested, Adam Savage goes through the problems most laser cutters/engravers have and all the crap he has to do to keep his working well. From dust issues and the added cost of cleaning dust off laser lenses which is difficult to do without accidentally wrecking the lasers lenses in the process.
I ordered this one, thanks for the link Meph. I like that it is Prime, so if I don't like it I can return it for full refund with no hassles.
I like that it is small, and doesn't use expensive laser tubes. I can just take it outside to engrave plugging it into the laptop -- to avoid the fumes.
I can't think of anything else I want to engrave right now besides dice and tokens/chips. So I'll give this a go. (I am kind of into board gaming and custom stuff and print & play -- as well as DnD/Wargaming.)
I'm curious.. how do you make sure whatever you engrave is positioned correctly? Seems tricky, especially when you want to engrave multiple dice at once.
Also could you engrave something on a 3D printed object sometime? Curious to see how that will turn out.
It shows you a preview of the area to be engraved by drawing a square over and over with much lower amount of light. You can move the box around on the object with the software as it does it. It keeps drawing a rectangle and you keep repositioning it.
However, I am going to design a jig in OpenSCAD for engraving 4 standard dice and print it out on 3D printer. It will be almost a friction fit to the base of the engraver and almost a friction fit sliding the 4 dice in. That way everytime the dice will be in the correct spot without the hassle of doing that preview every time. I don't yet have the device yet, but I am already imagining what I am going to do once I get it
Well I have to return this laser engraver. It's not working correctly anymore. I have read lots of others have experienced problems with these failing in short order. Guess I am going to have to wait until these become more stable and popular. Gettng a good one (perhaps more powerful) at a later date.
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT