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Small laser printer (and cheap)
« on: May 28, 2015, 01:58:18 AM »
Hi guys,
i think a laser printer is the secret dream of everyone here. Honestly speaking i prefer some old stile mag pouches or chest rig vs hypalon etc but i have to admit you can do cool stuff. Actually I'd love to have one, not for massive production and just for cut some stuff, start to play and understand how a laser printer works, make some swag stuff like patches, labels and also some hypalon work.  is there a small and cheap machine capable to do what i said but cheap?!? i mean under 1000$. Actually i don't need anything for production so it will works something like 10 mins for day and i don't have the space or the money for a big one. With Fouinard we found this one https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1537608281/lazerblade-the-affordable-laser-cutter-engraver/description it seems capable to cut 3mm leather, do you think it can works well for some little stuff? i also know the A3 is not really big but like i said it is only for little pieces...

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Re: Small laser printer (and cheap)
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2015, 07:33:29 AM »
Cutting is based on power and speed, and with such low power I think you would get bored waiting for your product get cut out.
The best way to proceed would be to send them a sample of material and ask them to cut out a square and circle pattern, while videoing.
This might work good???
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Re: Small laser printer (and cheap)
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2015, 10:23:22 AM »
I would send fabric to test before buying. Remember some of the material you want to cut/engrave will produce toxic fumes and corrode the lasercutter.

If it is some labels ect in hypalon you want we can do it for you when we cut something for our own production.

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Re: Small laser printer (and cheap)
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2015, 12:51:28 PM »
It cuts plywood, so I see no reason why it shouldn't be able to cut Cordura or Hypalon. At least the settings I used to cut Hypalon was a lot lower than the plywood I cut...
I would ask them for a sample, just to make sure.

And the A3 is just big enough for for a bunch of stuff. There are things you simply can't make, but 16.4"x11.8" is an ok size for tinkering I guess.. Wouldn't go any smaller.

Only major problem with a setup like this is the fumes.
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Re: Small laser printer (and cheap)
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2015, 01:47:36 AM »
Thank you all for the replies.

Unfortunately they cannot test hypalon and this was their reply.

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Unfortunately we cannot test this material.

When it is laser cut it produces hydrochloric acid fumes which instantly corrode metals and are extremely harmful to your lungs.

Professional laser cutting machines handle this with specialised extraction and filtering systems but many will not deal with materials containing chlorine either.

like essal said it will be a problem with fumes... so no new toy for me.  :(

thanks mogensbeck for your offer, actually i don't know what i whant to lasercut but if i need anything i'll write to you, thanks again.