Go to any indie craft fair and chances are you’ll find a ton of laser-cut jewelry that’s been designed using a 3D laser cutter. These high-precision machines can produce a large array of beautiful and functional items. The power of the 3D laser cutter engraver comes from its ability to cut through a wide range of materials.
That being said, if you’re looking to explore your creative side through creating unique items, or if you’re looking to start a business selling ornaments, figurines, jewelry, or anything else, a 3D laser cutter can be one of the best purchases you will make. However, in order to get the quality you desire, you can’t just buy the first Chinese-imported cutter you find. A lot of thought should go into selecting a laser cutter, and some of the most important considerations include the following.
Does the Laser Cutter Come With Support?
These machines are complicated and chances are you’ll face issues at one point or another, which means you’ll need help to get it repaired. Make sure the vendor you’re buying a 3D laser cutter engraver from is reliable and offers support for the machine after you get it. Some of the things you should consider when buying is whether the store offers tech support, how hard it’s to get replacement parts, whether the machine comes with instructions on how to use it, and whether it can be upgraded or not.
The Size and Power of the Laser Cutter
The power of the laser and the size of the bed are the two main points everyone should focus on when picking a 3D laser cutter. The bed size determines how much material you can fit to engrave or cut. A bigger bed will obviously let you cut or engrave bigger pieces. Even when cutting smaller pieces, a bigger bed will enable you to cut out multiple pieces at a time. Some machines have a bed that goes up and down, while others have a fixed bed. A bed that moves up and down lets you engrave differently sized objects.
The strength of the laser’s power is measured in Watts. More watts equals more power. This is the most important feature when it comes to the actual cutting power of the laser. However, worth noting that the thickness of material the cutter can cut through is determined not by the power of the laser, but the focal point of the lens. That being said, more power won’t translate to being able to cut thicker materials, but instead, being able to cut more reliably as well as faster.
A good idea would be to get a cutter with a bigger bed and not necessarily an extremely powerful laser. The big bed will let you work on larger designs and cut multiple pieces at a time, and you can always upgrade to a more powerful laser once you get the need for it.