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Sunday, November 1st 2015, 2:48am

emblaser laser cutter

hello all,

just wanted to post my initial impression of the emblaser laser cutter. apologies for not posting in german.

one of my pet peeves has always been my inability to keep cuts 'squared up'
when cutting with a knife. i always felt that the time i spent sanding to get
edges just right, a waste. i surfed the internet for solutions and for a time
seriously considered getting a mechanical die cutting machine. ultimately i
decided against those because i figured out that these machines are not capable
of cutting really small parts. the blade is limited by the dimensions of its
own cutting surface. i then looked at laser cutters and soon realized that the
price of these units to be several thousand dollars. there are chinese cutters
on ebay that are cheaper but their performance, build quality, documentation
and support seemed questionable at best. plus most of them tend to be co2 based
which require serious ventilation and cooling. finally while visiting a geman
modeling site i read about the diode based emblaser. i visited emblaser website
and finally found the machine i was looking for! just to be sure i contacted a
couple of users and asked for their opinion. one of them is paper shipwright's
david hathaway. he kindly replied with a glowing recommendation and i was sold
when i learned that he had cut 1/200 scale ships railings with ease!

the emblaser began as a kickstater project by darkly labs based in australia
and run by domenic di giorgio. the machine comes in the form of a kit and the
a4 version costs $701.00 including the cutting software and shipping to usa.
from the day i ordered it took just shy of 4 weeks for the machine to arrive.
after downloading the excellent building instructions it took me about 6 hours
to assemble it all. everything is provided, even the allen wrenches. the only
other tools i needed were a screwdriver and pliers. the user manual, the cut2d
software by vectric and the universal g code sender are also easy to use and
require no more skill than using any average computer software.

i have had this machine for about a month now and i am thrilled with it. i
think it will significantly change how i make models and their quality. mind
you i have just made some simple parts so far but i think my knives, scissors
and files are going to get rusty!

the 1/48 scale shovel head is plain copy paper.


the 4 tiny parts are 2mm wide


finally, the learning curve is not steep at all but does require patience to
assemble the machine correctly and experiment with the settings. the one thing
that can be frustrating is focusing the laser to be the sharpest possible,
especially for someone like me with less than perfect vision. one of the things
that sold me about this machine is the support. domenic promptly answered a
couple of questions i had. the darkly labs forum is great and i suppose this
having started as a kickstarter project the community is a bunch of like minded
diy'ers who are very keen on helping each other, just like here!

check out their website and see if this is something you may want.
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Sunday, November 1st 2015, 7:33am

I got one, too. Check out my Thread
Schulgleiter SG-38


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