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.