We now have a Laser Cutter/Etcher!!
This afternoon (6/24/10) my Epilog Helix 24, 40 watt laser cutter finally arrived at my home in Haiku, HI (Maui). The laser can do a variety of cutting and etching. The manufacturer provides a good reference page that shows the types of materials that can be cut and/or etched.
The laser shipped a week ago from Golden Colorado, via Los Angeles, Honolulu and finally to Maui.
So far I’ve unboxed it (as you see in pictures) and realized I need the 4″ exhaust hoses to connect to the Harbor Freight ‘dust collector’ I brought over last week as my luggage. Its a noisy little beast but it will do for now. I initially bought some basic vinyl dryer hose but the instructions say to use only metal hose. Thats probably a good idea aside from the heat issues – the vinyl hose tends to collapse under the vacuum pulled by the dust collector. The hose crushes into the fan inlet and stops sucking.
Here are some pics from the unboxing:
My new island friend Ben Ward came over to help me set it up and play. He brought the beer!
Our first burn is the Maui Makers logo – turtle with URL. We did it in two sizes using Corel Draw.
I’ve got a lot of reading and testing to do. The stairs in my house are the first big project. Meanwhile the flooring people asked if they could have some more samples for a Home Expo today down at the Maui War Memorial Gymnasium. And of course, The Wife arrives today so I gotta clean the house first. Laser will have to wait. But it is here and we have burned stuff!!
Any Maui artists out there who would like to experiment with some new medium, drop me a line: jerry@mauiMakers.com The primary software I have is Corel Draw, although they shipped me Engrave Lab. We can start with any image – bitmap or line art – and then chose the target (wood, acrylic, metal) and try it.