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January 2, 2014

Delta 3D Printer used to Laser Engrave

at 1:36 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


Z LeHericy shows us how he used a WickedLasers Spyder Arctic 3 laser to do some laser etching. This hand held laser is very powerful at 2 watts but it isn’t much compared to real laser etching machines such as the one that was used to make the etched orange, this one for example is 60 watts. The result of the leather etching is quite nice but I am not sure it would be a good idea to use for many hours in a row. The Delta printer that was used is a SeeMe CNC machine, this machine isn’t very cheap but it looks like Delta printers might be the way that 3D printers can reach some all time low pricing.


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5 Responses to “Delta 3D Printer used to Laser Engrave”

  1. kerimil Says:

    Nice but wouldn’t it be better to use galvos or step motors to direct the beam with mirrors ?

  2. Stephanie N Says:

    That would be an awesome tool to use for anyone of us that are doing are engraving by hand. I have to hand engrave most of my projects and then paint them by hand, this would greatly cut down on the time. Thanks for the post.

  3. Tony Says:

    Galvos are a bit complicated, steppers are very common in lasers but if what he’s got works, then eh. I’m impressed his driver understands g-code, most 3D printers suffer from ‘not invented here’ disease and do weird stuff (or proprietary to lock you in).

    Galvos are good for etching as they’re very fast, but a bit pointless for a low powered laser. That’s actually a decent speed for hobby stuff.

    And I’ll just add that leather smells, especially when cutting it.

  4. Delta Laser Engraver Uses Inkscape for G-Code Says:

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  5. Priya Says:

    If you already have a 3D printer, you already have a machine that will trace out gears, cogs, and enclosures over an XY plane.

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