Introducing L-CHEAPO

  • 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


Low-cost, High-yield

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.

Ready to buy one of your own? Order Now! As always, pleaseĀ contact us with any questions!

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  8. The Smithbot says:

    I have designed and 3D printed hundreds of objects, and, if your laser-cutting gadget can fit on my MakerBot, I’d love to buy one. I’d also be interested in helping to develop that sort of interface. I used to build and fly RC planes, so I can relate to that aspect, too. I use 3DS Max for 3D design, and I’m an Adobe Suite black-belt. Not too long ago I designed and printed a system for a quad-copter drone to drop ping-pong balls on unsuspecting friends. I think we should talk.

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