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New Machine Time - Frickin' Laser Beam Edition

 My Wife Gets Me.

I mean... most of the time. She knows that I enjoy learning new tech tools and making things, so if she can give me the opportunity to make things through using new tech tools, that's a win win for her.

That's what happened this year for Christmas.

She bought me an Ortur Laser Master 2. I've had a TON of fun putting this thing through it's paces so far. I'll give you the short version of the review here. Will bullet points work for you? Hope so.

  • This thing was WELL packaged. I bet they rarely have any shipping damage.
  • It was easy to setup. The instructions were picture based, and there was only one step where I misinterpreted the picture. My youngest sons helped build it.
  • Total time from opening the box to the first burn was approximately 90 minutes. That includes downloading, installing and setting up the software.
  • I've made some cool pieces with it, and I've only had it about two weeks.
  • The software is fairly easy... if you've already had experience with image editing software.
Here's a link if you're interested in picking one up. If you like making, and have thought about a laser engraver, I'd recommend this one. It's a great starter machine. If you've got a little more coin, spring for the pro version. It's got a "fire detector" that's supposed to shut the machine down if you manage to set the wood you're engraving on fire. I just stay near the machine while it's running.

One thing to keep in mind...


LASERS CAN HARM YOUR EYES... AND YOUR PETS EYES

With that in mind, I bought this to keep everyone around the house safe.



This continued ORTUR's "pack the thing well" theme. No two pieces of this enclosure were allowed to touch. They were all separated by foam packing material. It includes a fan, some ducting (think small dryer hose), and the safety windows to keep everyone safe, and stop your house from filling with noxious fumes. This actually took longer to put together than the engraver itself. It's well built, attaches to the frame of the laser engraver (it's not just a box the engraver sits in, they actually connect) and has handles that make it possible to move it around easily.

Naturally, I can't leave well enough alone, so I also bought one of these to help focus the laser.



This is not made for the LM2, it's actually for the LM2 Pro. It does not directly fit the Laser Master 2, and Ortur says it does not work with the standard Laser Master 2. I adapted it, and it works fine for me. It definitely makes finding the focus point for the laser easier.

Pictures? Okay.







Gotta run. More on this thing later. I'm really having a good time with it.

Be Excellent to Eachother.

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