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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by D from BC, May 30, 2007.

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  1. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    I'd like to put a low power laser on a moveable jig.
    This is to burn cuts into 16mil vinyl graphics material for art work.

    I'm clueless on :
    laser types
    laser power
    laser laws

    However..I can design power supplies!

    Is there a little laser that can burn plastic that I can order online?
    And... am I going to need a licence because it's a potential weapon?
    D from BC
     
  2. Any particular reason you don't want to use a router like everybody else
    does? I'd think it would be more economical, and doesn't vinyl release
    some rather unpleasant fumes when you burn it?

    If you really want to go with the laswer, an acquaintance of mine has
    recently gotten into a similar business:

    http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=12

    I haven't seen her in some time, since she moved away, but I suspect
    she'd be happy to sell you some consulting on the matter to bring you up
    to speed. She's a bit... "socially fringe", one might say, but
    technically entirely capable.
     
  3. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Thanks for the gas warning..
    There will be a vent hose on the jig. + other safe measures.
    I've never ordered from China on Ebay...risky??..

    After posting, I did find this interesting site on finding lasers.
    http://members.misty.com/don/laserlps.htm

    D from BC
     
  4. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Actually, I think my best alternative is to go to a place that has a
    vinyl cutting machine.
    There are commercial machines for cutting vinyl graphics around my
    neighborhood.

    I'm guessing there's a laser inside those machines..


    D from BC
     
  5. WTF? Don't you know that burning PVC <--- (note the C as in Chlorine,
    as in primitive WWI chemical munitions) releases toxic fumes?

    What's wrong with a oui swivel knife?
    You could try eBay for a CO2 laser. Some sellers in China have the
    tubes quite cheap (I see $400 US ~= $400 Cdn with shipping), and about
    the same again for the power supply. I'll defer to others on the
    optics and air jet you'd likely need at the business end of things.
    Not much of a weapon. I think the US regulates sales under the FDA.


    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
     
  6. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Look in the yellow pages for "laser cutting" and ask them about it.

    Or google:
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q="laser+cutting"
    "about 1,160,000" hits.

    Good Luck!
    Rich
     
  7. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Oh no...those laser cutting guys will probably only know about
    replacement parts..That could be pricy..

    1 million hits huh... wow :)
    Including..
    laser hair removal, the Dodge Laser,laser shows, sci-fi laser guns
    ....etc..
    I was hoping for "Crazy Wongs Discount Chinese Laser Supply" to pop up
    :)
    D from BC
     
  8. Jim Thompson

    Jim Thompson Guest

    Why do you need a laser? See...

    http://www.signwarehouse.com/default2.htm

    I use a little 8" Stika cutter.

    ...Jim Thompson
     
  9. Carl Ijames

    Carl Ijames Guest

    As someone else suggested, go to ebay and search for "laser cutter". I
    got one hit for a 40W CO2 laser tube for $300, and one hit for a
    matching power supply also for $300. For cutting and marking paper and
    plastics at a reasonable speed that would be sufficient laser power, and
    CO2 lasers are the cheapest per watt of photons by far. The problem is
    that now you have a laser but no enclosure and no optics and no aiming
    control and no software and no ... and no ... :). Look at item
    330099874262 for what looks like a nice cnc cutter ready to go for small
    stuff in the 7"x8" range, for $5000 australian ($4000 US). They have
    much bigger models, as well. I've never used their stuff but always
    thought it looked good.
     
  10. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Actually..the machine I really want costs $30000US..

    I'll check out Ebay..
    Thanks
    D from BC
     
  11. Carl Ijames

    Carl Ijames Guest

    Actually..the machine I really want costs $30000US..
    Ain't that always how it goes? :)
     
  12. as an alternative, you could also try a "high pressure water jet"
    instead...

    Jure
     
  13. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    Thanks for the advice..
    I'll try the local chinese restaurant. I know the owner....Maybe he
    can get me some lasers.. :)
    Just kidding..
    D from BC
     
  14. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    How about a pair of scissors?
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  15. Everything involves risk. Check the feedbacks CAREFULLY and use a
    payment method that allows recourse if they allow it, or think twice.
    This guy looks to have a lot of problems with communication and
    support (ie. not much of either). That may or may not be okay with
    you. Heck, you're in BC, I'm sure your next-door neighbors on one side
    or the other are fluent in Mandarin..

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
     
  16. D from BC

    D from BC Guest

    One of my crazyass ideas was to fake a laser with a magnifying glass
    and 1000W HPS lamp.
    Burning ants style...

    D from BC
     
  17. Meat Plow

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    That's actually a good idea.
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