Laser Cutter Accessory for 3D Printers
- L-CHEAPO is a 445 nanometer diode laser which easily mounts on your 3D printer or CNC mill
- No additional power supply is necessary, and it will not interfere with normal use of your hardware
- You can readily switch from laser to print/mill mode, use your existing software (Slic3r, Skeinforge, etc), and with no tools the laser can be removed in about 2 minutes
- L-CHEAPO can cut paper and wood up to 3/16ths of an inch, and can engrave most non-metallic materials
Easy to Use and Open Source
No special software or hardware required – not even a power supply! All you need is to mount the laser, create a special extrusion profile on your standard software and get to work. Drawings and schematics available at http://robots-everywhere.com/re_wiki/index.php?n=Main.LCheapo
Laser cutting requires a significant initial investment, but opens up a lot of making possibilities — laser-cut parts are tougher than 3D printer parts. With L-CHEAPO, the initial dollar investment goes from thousands to hundreds, and the module requires very little space.
We hope this product will allow high school shop classes, small universities and local hackerspaces to be able to work with a wider variety of materials and techniques without breaking the bank.
Friggin Lasers – please use eye protection! We can include goggles with your order if requested.