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Buying a CO2 Laser?

[Note: Most of the CO2 laser discussions on the forum are 3-4 years old (unless my search was poor) I thought there might be some updated info among members]

Those who have a CO2 Laser cutting machines - which brand models did you buy and would you buy again?

I have an Epilog and yes I would purchase from them again.

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@RussellCrawford Which of the Epilog units did you buy and what was the price est?

The Epilog Legend 120 Watt, 36" X 24". It was around $34,000.

I have access to the makerspace’s Universal lasers. They are 60 watt units that can cut 18 by 32. They too are in the $30K range. They work really well though.

If you are looking in the cheaper range though, the glowforge units work reasonably well. Some of the Full Spectrum lasers are competitive as well. They are nice because they have integrated cooling so you don’t have to have the bucket of water and the pumps etc. Finally the Dremel is nicely packaged as well and is UL listed if you care about that.

I would avoid the K40 type lasers that you buy on Ebay. Those can be hard to operate, have a small working area, and a few have questionable electronics.

I have a Glowforge and couldn’t be happier. Very user friendly once you understand the working area, and how to create designs that work with it. It’s very particular on how it works with SVG files.Raster graphics aren’t an issue, Camera placement helps with putting your design where you want. Get a discount with a referral code. I know where you could find one if you need help.

You can join the forum, just no ability to create a post without being an owner. Might help you decide.

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@RussellCrawford I was looking at the Legend series, Mini 18, Mini 24, and Helix Laser Machines. Which of the series did you get? Perhaps it was an older model, I’m not seeing a 36" x 24" 120W unit.

$30k hmm that makes the Glowforge look like a nice starter unit. I like the Epilog’s but not sure I want to go that heavy on the budget just yet.

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It’s an older model, got it in 2012

Have you made your purchase yet? I’ve spent a couple months researching, comparing models of the home hobby lasers (table top, 45W or less) and have decided on the FSLaser MUSE Core.
I am upgrading from a very light duty laser, the Emblaser Core, a DIY Kit, by Darkly Labs, which retailed at $799 at the time of purchase. For my first laser, it came with LightBurn Software free, which was Mac friendly and it was super easy to use. But it’s been a couple years, and I am ready for more power.

Here’s what I like about the FSLaser MUSE Core:
1.) 45W of power (you can upgrade from the standard 40W) - this gives me the power to cut some pretty heavy material - 1/4" wood and acrylic, and according to the company, it’s capable of thicker.
2.) The Rotary and Riser attachment (the primary plus for me), which I’ve attached here, gives me the option to laser on cylinders, but what i like most about this is with the riser box attaches on the bottom, and you can laser etch some pretty large pieces. You can permanently leave this riser on just for that purpose. The floor inside is adjustable, so if you didn’t have something that thick, you can slide into place and laser as if the riser was not attached. This to me was a huge improvement over most home hobby lasers that just have a ‘pass through’.
3.) The software is refined and robust. I’ve taken a look at the demo, which is browser compatible and it is many steps up from LightBurn and is reminiscent of the Adobe Creative Suite, which I am familiar with.
4.) Dremel LC40 is this laser. Dremel acquired the right to resell this unit, but they simply made it UL certified. Otherwise, it is identical in all other ways.
5.) I’ve had a great experience talking with this company to date. Very friendly and available.
6.) 20" x 12" cutting area.
7.) Price - at a base price of $2749, this can’t be touched. Full disclosure, my cost so far with add-ons is $4894 including shipping.

I am making my purchase with the next two weeks and will update this post once I unbox and have my first run.

I’ve picked up the JTech package to start. Still looking at larger and more powerful laser units. The Muse looks interesting. Question: Did you look at the Grizzly units at all?
Please post about the Muse unit. Really like to know how it is working for you.

I have HS-CL30 30W CO2 Laser Marking from HeatSign with a laser spot of 0.07mm.Very high speed marking and engraving,it can work 24 hours non stop,i have it almost 15 months and no maintenance at all till now. Some other specifications:

Power output of 30W
Marking Area: 110mm x 110mm (additional options available)
Working Speed: ≤9000mm/s
Engraving Depth: ≤0.3 mm (per material)

20,000 hours working life
I work mostly on wood,plastic,leather,some packaging…

I am planing to buy dot peen machine type HS-DE01 of course from the same manufacturer because they offer you top quality for the money you spent there + good support. If someone is interested you can learn more at https://www.heatsign.com/products/ to check their laser marking and dot peen marking machines but also and other types of marking machinery.