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new to lazer etch

Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2015 10:19 pm
by kobayashimaru
Howdy!
I was wondering how folks source lazer etch parts for various projects...
do you buy them or trade for them at swap-meets?
do you custom order from somewhere?

I ask, as I am seeing a lot of resin kits being up-rated locally at various clubs or conventions,
but I haven't a clue as to where folks are sourcing those quantities of lazer etched brass and tin from,
because a lot of past experience with lazer etch has been you have to pay per cut or retooling (if you're folding the cut shape up into the final form).

thanks,
kobayashimaru

Re: new to lazer etch

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:16 am
by Tesral
Like, Ditto. While I'm a long time modeler this is a place I haven't been. Even the oldest dogs if you will.

Re: new to lazer etch

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 3:44 pm
by Moongrim
Lazer etching sounds intriguing.

But mine eyes are bigger than my tummy- so to speak. Grandiose plans for same- has yet to meet up with reality.

Re: new to lazer etch

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 6:25 pm
by trekriffic
Haven't had much experience with lazer etch or where to find it. All of my builds have used brass photo-etch.

Re: new to lazer etch

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:05 am
by MEATLOAFr
There's a home version now available for pre-ordering

https://glowforge.com/
cheapest version is $2395 US

Re: new to lazer etch

Posted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:16 pm
by kobayashimaru
indeed,
the local co-op is looking to acquire a glowforge lite (17deg tilt area), or similar to add to the rap-fab stable of awesome. Shapiro is a better spock than nutrek spock, and seeing that 'accident' where he melts the paper and transparent OHT style plastic, that was funny!

some bad experience with 'blu ray' etcher burnouts had locals cautious about Alibaba options; there's a few small area options around too... being able to put in multiple substances and cut them all at the same time, that is a draw factor to lazer etch hehe PE sheets and extras from yard sales etc have done the job on most of the tank projects.

in the meantime, we just rent lazer-engraver time from a local builder,
but we're limited to the complexity and number of cuts :lol:

Its cool to see a lot more interest in this stuff the last 4 months or so,
and more folks at AST and elsewhere in the hobby looking at teaming up to get parts flowing -
the bits for the bitsbox that can't be found elsewhere :D

Re: new to lazer etch

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:06 pm
by tmlindsey
kobayashimaru wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:16 pm
the local co-op is looking to acquire a glowforge lite
Glowforge; ugh.
kobayashimaru wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:16 pm
...in the meantime, we just rent lazer-engraver time from a local builder,
but we're limited to the complexity and number of cuts
Why is that? If you don't mind me asking.