Some jobs are best suited for a laser rather than a rotary tool. The new Stepcraft Laser Engraving Head allows for a contactless cutting cutting of light materials (e. g. paper, balsa wood, vinyl) and engraving of various materials without requiring a prior clamping. The compact, self-contained head an exhaust air system with fine particle filter, an integrated zero point sensor and a sight protecting brush. The internal airflow keeps the laser’s lens clean and provides cooling.
The Laser allows for a contactless engraving of various materials without requiring a prior clamping and is also able to cut smaller workpieces. Depending on the method of processing, the intensity of the laser beam can be adjusted on the computer from 0 to 100%. Additionally, the laser not only contains an integrated zero point sensor but an active diode sealing air as well which vacuums the exhaust air and guides it through the fine particle filter. This ensures not only the protection of the laser diode but a simultaneous cooling as well.
We recommend to guide the filtered exhaust air that is emitted from the laser control unit to an outdoor area using the optionally available Exhaust Air Hose.
NOTICE: The laser tool is a class 4 laser. Special safety regulations apply. Please read the Operating and Safety Instructions as well as the Verification of Notice for General Safety Instructions and Declaration of Exemption for the STEPCRAFT Laser DL445 before buying the product. A sale without the verification signed is not possible. Furthermore, we need a copy of your ID card. Also note adapted General Terms and Conditions in section “2. Contractual Agreements”.
- 2W solid state laser
- 8-fold safety concept
- Integrated Zero Point Sensor
- Vaccum system with fine particle filter
- Sight Protecting Brush
- Optional exhaust air hose available by the meter
Will it cut aluminum?
No, in fact, even a 100 watt CO2 laser will not cut aluminum. Cutting of metals requires a special fiber laser technology to accomplish and they are very expensive systems.
How thick of material will it cut?
Up to this point we have successfully cut 1/8″ balsa wood as well as a variety of paper and vinyl stock. It was not designed to cut materials much thicker than this and it will not cut denser materials like thick MDF or plastics. We will be testing a large variety of materials as soon as we get a unit at our offices in Connecticut and will report back our successes.
Will it cut acrylic?
It will not cut clear acrylic. You need a CO2 laser with at least 40 watts to cut clear acrylic. However, we should be able to cut thinner opaque plastic.
Do you have to use multiple passes to cut?
Most likely for many materials, you will need to use more than one pass. Our chart will reflect this in the upcoming weeks
How safe is the laser to operate?
We developed many safeguards into our laser head to ensure our customers’ safety. The laser can not be operated unless it is perfectly seated into the Stepcraft tool holder and a special height sensor precisely sets the laser height for optimal focus, which is much closer to the work material than other lasers on the market. A protective brush surrounds the laser beam to help protect the user’s eyes. We will also include a pair of protective glasses.