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

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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.

 

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