The Ultimate Accessory for Your 3D Printer: A Solid State Laser Cutter Attachment

Share this Article

Originally developed for a NASA project, we present a powerful diode laser that can convert your 3D printer or CNC router into a powerful laser engraving / cutting machine.

  • In 2014 we created the 2.1W L-Cheapo laser.
  • In the middle of 2015 we presented the 3.5W L-Cheapo Mk3.
  • In 2016 we forged ahead with the L-Cheapo Mk4 at 5.6W.
  • Now, we introduce the Mk5. 8 watts of continuous output allows for working on any material that can be engraved or cut by a CO2 laser.

Meet the L-Cheapo Mk5, with an optical output of 8000mW – continuous over hours, and measured at the workpiece.

Engraving on aluminum

Laser soldering

Key features:

  • Optimized for continuous output: beware competitors who only state their peak output! We promise 8000mW and deliver 8000mW or above, consistently.
  • 24/7 full tech support.
  • Easy to install and remove for quick tool swapping.
  • Compatible with most 3D printers and CNC mills.
  • Can cut and engrave many materials including: wood, plywood, fabric, felt, acrylic, ABS, PLA, cardboard, hardboard. Can be used for PCB and aluminum etching with the appropriate chemicals.
  • Solid state design. Only one lens to focus (once), no mirrors, no fragile glass.
  • Made in the USA.

The Mk5 has enough optical output to cut 6-8 mm (more than 1/4”) of wood and plywood.

Engrave images on plastic and acrylic, including clear acrylic.

Engrave on glass, and etch aluminum or copper to make PCBs.

With the Mk4 L-Cheapo 5.6W laser you can turn your creativity into reality. Start laser cutting and laser engraving with ease as never before.

All models within the L-Cheapo line can be easily installed on any 3D printer or CNC machine. If you already have a laser engraver, the control system allows for rapid upgrading of your laser by swapping the diode block. The L-Cheapo does not require additional cooling or optical trimming; runs on 12V to 24V inclusive, allowing you to use a ATX power supply or laptop power brick if you so choose.

Engrave and cut images from JPEG, EPS, gcode, NC files and more using the unified plugins.

  • For a limited time, get your 8W MK5 L-Cheapo laser today for only $549.
  • For 3DPrint.com readers, get your 5.6W MK4 L-Cheapo laser today for only $495 $469.
  • Special offer on 3.5W MK3 L-Cheapo laser for only $295 $279.

Below are more videos showcasing these capabilities:





You can find the L-Cheapo for purchase here (and use promo code “sale3Dprint” to get a discount).
Learn more here. Discuss in the L-Cheapo forum at 3DPB.com.

 

Share this Article


Recent News

Replicating a Masterpiece: Michelangelo’s David Gets 3D Printed Twin for Expo 2020

Upon Protolabs Acquisition, 3D Hubs Becomes “Hubs”



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Guns

3D Printer Reviews


You May Also Like

HP Vet Joins Redefine Meat to Scale 3D Printed Meat Technology

Israeli startup Redefine Meat Ltd, formerly known as Jet Eat, is on a mission to create delicious meat using industrial 3D printers—the catch is that it’s animal-free meat. Founded in...

Sponsored

The State of ‘the War for Talent’ – A Talent Market Trend Analysis

With the growth of the additive manufacturing industry, there is an inevitable progression in demand for talented professionals to help businesses expand their AM divisions and overgo competitors. The AM...

Featured

Shapeways CEO Greg Kress Discusses the Upcoming SPAC Merger

On April 28, 2021, 3D printing service bureau Shapeways announced that it was going public via merger with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Galileo Acquisition Corp. I had a chance...

Featured

Made in SPACs: Redwire to Take Space 3D Printing to NYSE via SPAC

You might be growing tired of the neologism “SPACtacular” by now, but it’s hard to avoid when there are new merger deals with special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) occurring in...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.