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Thread: Engraver Recommendation

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Central, PA

    Engraver Recommendation

    Looking to get into engraving on wood. Looking for recommendations on how to get started.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    NW Arkansas
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    First, what is your goal? Hobby, one or two pieces a month, to full time, running a business. There is a MILE or 100 between those.
    Hobby, maybe a diode laser, or small k40 CO2, or business, the largest Trotec or Epilog you can buy. From a $100 to $100K. Seriously.
    Second, research. TONS of stuff here. Just start reading. Once you narrow down your objectives, then you can ask questions.
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    Jul 2006
    Central, PA
    Not looking to go into production; plan is being a hobbyist. But Iíve learned that most times for a few more dollars, the value and potential is greater.

  4. #4
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    Aug 2004
    Center Valley, PA USA
    I don't have a laser yet but I'm doing some serious looking. A lot of people seem to like Thunder lasers.

    James Cheever
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    So what size projects do you have in mind? what thickness of materials do you plan to cut . will you cut and engrave or just engrave. Laser come in all sizes and power. so you need to know what your gonna do before we can recommend whats your budget for a laser???????

    OK to give you an idea I have a Rabbit laser, 6040 bed size about 24x 14" with a 60 watt tube. cost about 7k. It will cut 1/4'' wood no problem and engraves pretty fine stuff like the Mayan Calendar will cut and engrave most materials, you can google a list of co2 materials it will cut and engrave.
    So this should give you a starting point.oh it has a 9" z axis
    Last edited by Bert Kemp; 09-22-2022 at 10:42 PM.
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  6. #6
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    Jan 2007
    Ottawa, ON Canada
    Take a look at the LAHobbyGuy's website, forum and/or Facebook page. He does very objective reviews of all kinds of lasers. His forum has good discussions, too.
    Ottawa ON

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Iowa USA
    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Gibbons View Post
    Not looking to go into production; plan is being a hobbyist. But I’ve learned that most times for a few more dollars, the value and potential is greater.
    I had a Lightobject 40 watt CO2 machine and it worked fine, had for sale on here before it sold on Facebook Marketplace. Techi stuff does not sell on here for some reason. This is a machine I used for a couple of years and I can recommend, the Rabbit USA laser that Bert has is also good.
    Retired Guy- Central Iowa. , Cloudray Galvo Fiber , WorkBee 1000x750 CNC Router - Mach4 - Windows 10

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Rickmansworth, England
    Depending on what finish you are looking for as engraved have you looked at mechanical engravers as well as laser.
    Different methods and very different results.
    Trotec Speedy 300 50W
    Gantry CNC Router/Engraver
    Various softwares
    Always keen to try something new

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