How To Laser Engrave Slate

While browsing at a local store, I picked up a couple of cheap slate placemats in order to carry out some engraving trials. I had not engraved slate previously, so I then had to learn how to laser engrave state. How to laser engrave slate? Slate is a binary material when it comes to laser … Read more

How to Laser Cut Stencils

If you own or have access to a laser cutting machine, stencils can be a quick and easy product to design and laser cut. I’ve been cutting and designing stencils for some time, with my online store containing over 100 stencil products. So, here’s my solution on how to laser cut a stencil. How to … Read more

Lens Performance Comparison Data – Or What Is The Best Laser Lens To Use

All tests were designed and conducted by Russ Sadler: August 2021 Table of Contents Introduction What is the best laser lens to use: I looked back to see when my obsession to understand how a laser beam and lens interact to produce a cutting effect. It surprised me to find that this love affair started … Read more

How To Laser Engrave Photos: 10 Epic Tips For Success

THE RUSS FORMULA FOR SUCCESSFUL PHOTO ENGRAVING Learning how to laser engrave photos is one of the more difficult, but rewarding activities you can carry out on your laser machine. Here, I go through the steps I go through to achieve the best possible results. Russ has revised his techniques and they are available in … Read more

How Long Does a Laser Tube Last?

Having visited some of the more reputable Chinese Laser Tube manufacturers Websites. I determined that they indicate a service life of anything from 1,000 to 10,000 hours. Unfortunately, this is not the number of hours used, but the number of hours from the Date of Manufacture. Subsequently, heir Warranty is generally 3 ~ 12 months. … Read more

How To Get A Longer Life From Your Laser Tube

Although the glass CO2 laser tube used in many laser cutting and engraving machines are classed as consumables. There are a number of ways to prolong the life of the tube and get more “bang for your buck”. So, how to get a longer life from your laser tube? You need to consider a number … Read more

How to Laser Cut Acrylic

I was doing some samples for a job in 8mm thick clear acrylic. They needed to be laser cut with a polished finish as well as being engraved. Unfortunately, it’s not always an easy combination. I soon realised that there is a lot of confusing and sometimes conflicting information on how best to achieve the best results. So … Read more

What Can a Laser Cutter Cut?

I’ve laser cut a wide and varied number of materials over the years. However, not everything that cuts great with a laser cutter is great to cut. So what can a laser cutter cut through? Your standard CO2 laser cutter (up to 150W) is capable of cutting a wide variety of organic materials. Such as … Read more