View Full Version : Looking to add a BIG laser

Jim Dawson
10-08-2012, 4:16 PM
We currently have a 75 watt Vytek FX3 24 x 36 that runs almost all day every day. We are looking to add a 4x8 machine with the following in mind.

1) I want to laser 1" acrylic and occasional thin metals.

2) We laser a ton of 1/4" acrylic and would like to increase our through put.

3) We are looking into fast raster engraving ( 1/4" deep ) on hard woods.

Right now I am weighing a 170 watt vs. 450 watt.

Here are the companies we are looking at.

1) Vytek

2) Kern

3) Multicam

Looking for input on service and quality of the machines from anyone here who has experience with them...

Joe Pelonio
10-08-2012, 5:55 PM
There's a member here that had one when I went to his shop a couple of years ago, and I saw it run. I think it was 5'x10', quite
a machine, Camtech LV30. I tipped him off to this thread in case he can be of any help.

Paul Phillips
10-08-2012, 6:17 PM
Hi Jim, I've seen the MultiCam laser at a sign show and was very impressed, the only obstacle for me was the price which was about $90+000 for the 400watt with gas assist. I've been operating 2 MultiCam CNC routers for the past 12 years and I can tell you that they are extremely good quality with very little down time, however, the local So Cal distributor has been of poor service when you need help but I've heard good things about other distributors, so as with any company that uses regional distributors some are good and some are bad, I would talk to your closest one and see if they have a demo you can check out, I never knew a machine that big could move that fast. Also I believe Derek Kern is a member here and I've heard nothing but good things about his company, if I had the money I would probably go with a Kern as they seem to have the best support as well as an excellent machine.

Ken Smith
10-09-2012, 10:17 AM
Hi Joe,

Nice to hear from you. I still have the Camtech L30v (100 watt Synrad). I've been using it more for cutting, and prototyping projects, rather than raster jobs. I did do an etched mirror raster job for a local police project though. Turned out nice.

The L30v is not particularly fast with the tube being mounted on the gantry's x-axis. Due to its mass, setting the speed too high will cause it to skip steps. From videos I've seen on the web, Kern machines use mirrors like my smaller Universal V460, or your Epilog. With less mass on the moving parts, it seems that they can operate much faster. I haven't thought much about selling the Camtech lately, but I suppose I would for the right price.

We should meet up for coffee again sometime soon. Business has been decent, and I've added quite a bit to the shop....small CNC router, CNC mill, lots of large format printing, vacuum formers, etc. Still a work in progress progress though....If I could only find more time to use it all. :-)

Mark Ross
10-09-2012, 10:27 AM
We looked at the Kern but could not justify 180K + for it.