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For our school project, we want to develop a transportable laser cutter. We are basing our work on the FoldaRap2 because we work in the same lab as Emmanuel.
Goals of this project: We want to develop this machine using off-the-shelves parts or existing projects and technologies. We want to be able, in this project, to create a tiny portable laser cutter in less than 4 months.
With 600€ you can purchase a small laser cutter
- Printed Parts: 20-21
- Non-Printed Parts: Laser tube, laser PSU, optical parts, laser water cooling, air assist,
- Cost: 400 € estimate
- Cutting Size: 200mm x 200mm
- Resolution : about ?? mm
- Speed: ?? mm/s
- Based on standard/cheap 20x20mm aluminium extrusion (with 6mm slot)
- Easy to build, with few tools (the printed parts are based on a 20mm grid (for overall aesthetic and mostly to ease the design), are generally 3-4mm thick, and fit the beams in a way you have nothing to measure during the assembly
- With a real CO2 laser tube
- Small (the entire machine is going to be about 300*300*300 mm) smaller when folded
- Big RED Power Safety Switch (my favourite detail ^^)
- Cutting area 200 x 200 mm
- Easy to place on the work surface (the machine is placed on the material, not the material inside the small machine)
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History // forecast
- 2013/02: beginning
- 2013/03: Bills of materials, sourcing, buying
- 2013/04: Developing CO2 and printing test, Receving the part.
- 2013/05: Assembling work, and presentation of the project for our school.