Laser engraving machine is a device that uses a laser to engrave an object. As the name implies, this machine uses only the laser, does not involve ink or bit heads. Although there are three kinds of laser engraving machines in the market, there are three core parts that must exist in all types: a laser, a controller, and a surface. The laser acts as a pencil that allows the controller to draw patterns on the surface. Controllers can control the direction, speed, intensity, and spread the laser to the surface.
There are three main types of this engraving machine. The first and most common is the X-Y table where the surface acts as stationary and optical lasers move to engrave around the X and Y directions. There is also a type where the laser is stationary and the surface is the one that moving. The second type is with the cylinder surface working to produce the desired image. While on the last type of engraving machine, can engrave using both raster and vector (X-Y) methods.
Some materials that are easy to be engraved using the laser engraving machine are natural materials (woods especially), plastics, metals, coated metals, stones, and glass with specific requirements that suit the machine. The design is programmed using computers before it is engraved to the materials. Learning how to use engraver software requires lots of patience but once you’ve mastered it, laser engraving machine can help you to increase both your creativity and productivity.
There are numerous utilities of this machine, from making personalized jewelry or fine arts to design your logo on paper or pens. The size of this machine also varies, ranging from a very large for the industry, to a mini one for home use. But home laser engravers are usually not strong enough to engrave iron materials. Home laser engravers are more suitable for engrave objects made of bamboo/softwood, plastic, paper, rubber, and leather.
If you are looking for a home engraver machine, consider these 5 picks from us. For infrequently use or your first trial, choose The Mini USB Laser Engraving Machine which costs not much. This one is easy to be maintained. You can also consider The Sunwin 300mw Desktop Laser Engraver which costs about hundreds of dollars. This one gets highest rating from most reviewing platform by real users, about 4,3 points from 5. The CNCShop CO2 Laser Engraving Machine will be our third recommendation, with same price and ratings as the second one before.
If you are a professional and need the advanced one, we recommend you these two laser engraving machines. The first one is Full Spectrum Dual Head P Series 51”x34” Professional CO2 Laser Engraver with 2x90w laser power and costs about hundreds of dollars. If you find the lower one, you can choose Full Spectrum H-Series 20”x12” Desktop CO2 Laser Engraver which costs tens of dollars with 40W laser power. The prices are not fixed and we recommend you check it directly to offline store and ask for guarantee before purchase it.