Buyer's Guide to Laser Engraver and Cutter Products


PLH3D-15W Specialized Engraving Laser Head


I want to buy a laser engraver - what should I start with?


Are you beginning your adventure with laser engravers? This page will help you find the information you need. It will provide you with tips and help you choose an appropriate laser engraver and cutter for your needs.

For Opt Lasers, safety and quality isn’t just an empty slogan. It is the way we live and breathe. It transpires to every aspect of what we make. We always ensure that our clients are safe and satisfied with our service, and we strive to exceed our customers’ expectations every time.

When it comes to the selection of the laser itself - it is important to decide for what purposes you intend to primarily use it. Whether you need it for laser engraving or laser cutting or both. Other aspects important for the choice of your laser engraver or cutter are the thicknesses of the materials you want to laser process, their structure, density as well as heat transfer among other properties. All these parameters affect what laser head will work best for you. While this might sound complicated, we offer you this straightforward guide that will lead you through the process.


About Opt Lasers Brand and Company Origins

Opt Lasers is a brand of Tomorrow’s System Sp. z o.o. (LTD company) located in Poland. Before the company was established in 2014, it had been an “Opt Laser” startup for 2 years that achieved remarkable success selling products both in domestic as well as international markets. Cooperation with many companies led to the creation of a few laser and electronics devices which were rare on the market.

Starting from a single person, the company is now created by a team of young but already experienced engineers who share their passion for optics, mechanics, electronics and new technologies.

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We offer laser solutions in various fields:

One of the leading products developed by Opt Lasers is the laser diode engraving head which can be used in every machine, even the smallest ones. Laser diode engraving heads are a great substitute for those who need an economical, small size and still powerful solution.

The second type of products is the laser modules. Opt Lasers offer a wide variety of modules, from a single wavelength to RGB modules. It is also possible to order customized modules of almost every wavelength available on the market.

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Many custom orders led us to create a whole fiber laser module series. We also produce a wide array of electronics connected with laser technology starting from tiny drivers for smaller laser diodes, through compact drivers with TEC modules to high power drivers dedicated for infrared laser diodes. Since laser devices are connected with temperature stabilization, we created a whole section of temperature controllers. We also offer customized orders in this section. Water cooled modules, TEC based modules or passive cooling can greatly increase the efficiency of laser systems.

Opt Lasers provides mounts which allow to set and adjust a laser beam. In addition to the products made by ourselves, we offer different optics components such as mirrors, dichroic, beamsplitters, rotators, lenses and many more. We are open for suggestions and eager to customize our products or even create totally new products according to given requirements. 


Technical Specifications and Application-Specific Performances


Opt Lasers - Laser Engraver and Cutter


Depending on what exactly you’d like to achieve, some of our blue laser engraving heads will be better suited to your purpose, whether it’s laser cutting, laser engraving or laser marking. It is important to bear in mind the technical and optical parameters of a given laser head that distinguish it from other laser heads. The drop-down tables below show how each of our laser heads performs in terms of factors such as for example the Focused Beam Spot Size, Optical Power Density, Laser Processing Speed, or terms specific applications such as for example Metal Engraving.



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XF+ is the best laser head to learn laser engraving and cutting. Can be upgraded to the XT-50 laser head in the future, and consumes a maximum of 30 W of electrical power. Go for the XF+ laser head if you desire to:

  • Laser engrave in Standard+ definition (80 DPI)
  • Laser cut thicker materials above 8 mm thickness
  • Laser mark stainless steel and Titanium
  • Be able to rotate the focusing lens, changing the working distance as well as the focused beam spot size and consequently resolution (40-160 DPI)
  • Laser cut foams up to 40 mm thick
  • Minimize your electrical power consumption and/or carbon footprint while using a professional industrial-grade laser head

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XT-50 is the most precise 6W high-power laser head for CNC machines on the market. It consumes a maximum of 30 W of electrical power. Go for XT-50 if you desire to:

  • Laser engrave in Ultra HD definition (550 DPI)
  • Laser cut thin materials up to 6-8 mm thick, especially leather and textiles
  • Laser engrave, not just mark, stainless steel, carbon steel and Titanium
  • Laser engrave with an adjustable-size square beam spot
  • Laser engrave small text or design 1 mm in size
  • Use this laser head for testing the accuracy of your CNC machine(s) or, if you are a CNC machine-producing company, for your CNC machines’ accuracy prototyping.
  • Use this laser head for optical tweezers
  • Minimize your electrical power consumption and/or carbon footprint while using a professional industrial-grade laser head

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PLH3D-15W is our 3-laser-diodes laser head for CNC machines with built-in Air Assist Nozzle and a maximum power consumption of 85 W. Go for PLH3D-15W if you desire to:

  • Rapidly laser engrave in Full HD+ definition (125 DPI)
  • Laser cut thin materials up to 6-8 mm thick, especially wood, leather and textiles
  • Laser engrave, not just mark, stainless steel, carbon steel and Titanium
  • Quickly laser engrave with a single thick curve or line
  • Quickly laser cut foams up to 20 mm thick
  • Laser engrave and cut thermoplastics at a faster pace
  • Minimize your electrical power consumption and/or carbon footprint while using a professional industrial-grade laser head


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PLH3D-2W laser head is our budget-friendly laser head for hobby applications. It has a maximum electrical power consumption of 16 W. Go for our 2W laser head if you want to:

  • Get a laser head for strictly hobby applications or low-throughput hobby use
  • Laser engrave in Full HD+ definition (200 DPI)
  • Laser cut thicker materials up to approximately 8-12 mm thickness
  • Be able to rotate the focusing lens, changing the working distance as well as the focused beam spot size and consequently resolution

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XT-10 is the most precise laser head on the market overall. It has a lower 0.5 W power than our XT-50 laser head (6 W), but XT-10 can laser engrave and cut with an even higher resolution of >2500 DPI. It also only consumes a maximum of 15 W of electrical power. Go for XT-10 if you want to:

  • Laser engrave in Ultra HD definition (>2500 DPI) with a 10 µm wide square focused beam spot
  • Laser cut thin materials up to 6-8 mm thick, especially leather and textiles
  • Laser engrave with an adjustable-size square beam spot
  • Laser engrave ultra-fine texts or designs less than 1 mm in size; XT-10 can even be used to engrave 0.2 mm high text on a grain of rice!
  • Use this laser head for testing the accuracy of your CNC machine(s) or, if you are a CNC machine-producing company, for your CNC machines’ accuracy prototyping.
  • Use this laser head for optical tweezers

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PLH3D-6W-LC is a liquid-cooled version of the XF laser head. Compared to the XF+ laser head, the LC version offers a lower maximum power consumption of 24 W, while XF+ consumes a maximum of 30 W. In addition, as a result of being water-cooled and not having a cooling fan, it does not produce 58 dB of background sound like XF+ laser head does. Go for the LC laser head if you want to:

  • Laser engrave in Standard+ definition (80 DPI)
  • Laser cut thicker materials above 8 mm thickness
  • Laser mark stainless steel and Titanium
  • Be able to rotate the focusing lens, changing the working distance as well as the focused beam spot size and consequently resolution (40-160 DPI)
  • Laser cut foams up to 40 mm thick
  • Work in a very quiet environment
  • Fully minimize your electrical power consumption and/or carbon footprint while using an industrial-grade laser head

Name / ParametersPLH3D-2WPLH3D-6W-XF+PLH3D-XT-50PLH3D-XT-10PLH-15W
Laser Diode Optical Specification 2W @ 445 nm 6W @ 450 nm 6W @ 450 nm 0.5W @ 405 nm >15W @ 445 nm
Working Distance (WD) 60 mm2.36” 30 - 120 mm1.18” - 2.36” 55 mm2.18” 55 mm2.18” 3 mm0.12”
Beam Spot Specs & Resolution <150um> 200 DPI 150 - 650 µm 160 - 40 DPI <45µm > 550 DPI <10µm > 2500 DPI <200µm > 125 DPI
Max Power Density > 200 kW/cm² 500 - 45 kW/cm² > 2500 kW/cm² > 1500 kW/cm² > 1600 kW/cm²
Optical System Efficiency > 77% > 40% @ 30 mm WD > 77% @ 60 mm WD > 87% > 83% > 95%
Modulation Inputs PWM / Analog / TTL PWM / Analog / TTL PWM / Analog / TTL PWM / Analog / TTL PWM / Analog / TTL
Dimensions mm³ (oz³) 30 x 30 x 69 (1.2 x 1.2 x 2.7) 40 x 55 x 78 (1.6 x 1.7 x 3.1) 40 x 55 x 140 (1.6 x 1.7 x 5.51) 40 x 55 x 140 (1.6 x 1.7 x 5.51) 70 x 87 x 167 (2.75 x 3.42 x 6.57)
Weight 80 g (2.8 oz.) 225 g (7.9 oz.) 370g (13.1 oz.) 370g (13.1 oz.) 760 g (26.8 oz.)
Operating Temperature 10-40 °C (50-104°F) 10-45 °C (50-113 °F) 10-40 °C (50-104°F) 10-40 °C (50-104°F) 10-40 °C (50-104°F)
Laser Diode Lifestime >10.000 h >10.000 h >10.000 h >10.000 h >10.000 h
Compatible Machine Description Small Hobby Machines such as Prusa 3DP, ACRO System, Ortur, etc Laser is a primary or secondary tool. Desktop CNC such as LEAD, X-Carve, Stepcraft, WorkBee, etc. A laser is a secondary detachable tool. Fast and Precise CNC Machines, Desktop CNCs Laser is a primary or secondary tool. High Precision CNC Machines with High Repeatability. A laser is a primary tool for specialized use. Large Desktop CNC Machines, Laser Plotters, CNC Plotters Laser is a primary or secondary tool.

Notes:

  1. The PLH3D-XF+ Water Cooling laser head has the same capabilities as the PLH3D-6W-XF+. The only difference is how the laser head is cooled. Therefore, it was not included in the table.
Name / ParametersPLH3D-2WPLH3D-6W-XF+PLH3D-XT-50PLH3D-XT-10PLH-15W
Resolution +
Speed +
Power +
Versatility
Power density +
Use in production lines
Soft Material Thickness (Cutting)
Metal & Ceramics Marking - +
Metal Engraving - - - +

Notes:

  1. The PLH3D-XF+ Water Cooling laser head has the same capabilities as the PLH3D-6W-XF+. The only difference is how the laser head is cooled.
Name / ParametersPLH3D-2WPLH3D-6W-XF+PLH3D-XT-50PLH3D-XT-10PLH-15W
Precise & hobby engraving, cutting thin materials
Cutting Thin Materials (up to 8mm)
Cutting Thick materials (from 8mm +) / /
Cutting Very Thick Foams (up to 40mm)
Marking Stainless Steel, Titanium, Engraving Anodized Aluminum
Engraving Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, Titanium, Anodized Aluminum
Engraving with high resolution and high speed /
Engraving with extremely high resolution (3100 DPI) and cutting thin materials with ultra-thin lines.1
Compatible with High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle built-in
Compatible with LaserDock

Notes:

  1. Cutting speeds and maximum cut depths may again vary depending on the exact material being cut. The manufacturer, production process, and the exact material type/structure may introduce variations in cutting speed and the maximum depth of a cut.
  2. In general, for laser cutting thick materials, the best performance is obtained by laser cutting in several passes and lowering the laser after each pass.
Name / ParametersPLH3D-2WPLH3D-6W-XF+PLH3D-XT-50PLH3D-XT-10PLH-15W
Application TypeCut/EngraveCut/EngraveCut/EngraveCut/EngraveCut/Engrave
Paper(such as bond, coated wrapping, packaging) / / / / /
Textiles (natural and synthetic) / / / / /
Foam(such as charcoal, latex, lux) / / / / /
Polymer Foams / / / / /
Cardboard (such as corrugated, mat, paper) / / / / /
Balsa / / / / /
Plywood (such as Structural, Hardwood)1 / / / / /
Wood(such as Birch) / / / / /
MDF / / / / /
Bookbinding Paperboard / / / / /
Stamp Rubber / / / / /
PVC(flooring) / / / / /
Plexiglass (color) / / / not tested /
Plastic (dark) / / / / /
Artificial Leather / / / / /
Natural Leather2 / / / / /
Felt / / / not tested /
Glass Reinforced Foil3 / / / not tested /
Polycarbonate not tested / * / * not tested / *
Thermal Pad (foam) / / / not tested /
Stretch Foil (dark) / / / not tested /
Lead Foil / / / not tested /
Kapton Foil / / / not tested /
PCB laminate / / / not tested /
Carbon / / / not tested /
Glass (painted) / / / not tested /
Solid Granite (Dark) / / / not tested /
Blended Granite / / / not tested /
Stone / / / not tested /
Marble / / / not tested /
Tool Steel / / / / /
Carbon Steel / / / / /
Stainless Steel / / / / /
Titanium / / / / /
Anodized Aluminum / / / / /
Bare Aluminum / / / / /
Copper / / / / /
Brass / / / / /

Notes:

  1. 1,2The table above is a general guideline for laser engraving and cutting capabilities of different materials with our range of blue laser heads. The practical performance may however vary depending on the particular material’s manufacturer, material type (or alloy in the case of metals) as well as its production process, which influences its composition, thermal conductivity, and surface roughness among other important factors. Exact materials of interest should be tested for final verification. In addition, the material’s color is of great importance as well. Darker colors yield better results, while lighter or semi-transparent colors are worse. Blue colors might often be difficult and sometimes even impossible to laser cut or laser engrave. White-colored materials are often also impossible to be laser processed as white materials reflect blue light. For instance, the XF+ laser head can engrave dark stone, while it won’t be able to engrave white stone or marble.
  2. 3It depends on the density of the glass threads and their thickness.


How to Choose an Appropriate Laser Engraver Based on the Material Type


Metals



The main factor between material types that decides if a particular material type can be easily laser engraved or not is whether the material is metallic or not. Some metallic materials cannot be engraved at all. To engrave metals, ie. to remove a layer of the processed metal, it is recommended to start with a 15 W or higher optical power blue laser head. As of now, PLH3D-15W laser engraver is the best compact laser head on the market capable of engraving steel as well as stainless, carbon, tool and high-speed subspecies of it. It still is not powerful enough to engrave on bare Aluminium, Copper or brass simply because these materials either conduct heat too well or reflect too much laser light. It is possible to laser engrave copper with 30 W (optical power) blue laser heads. XT-50 is another laser engraver that allows you to work with metals, and it does so with outstanding precision (as its 50 µm wide focused beam spot corresponds to >500 real-life DPI ). These two engraving laser heads allow you to laser engrave (not just mark) the metals mentioned above.

If you are satisfied with simply laser marking the metal, you can achieve it on stainless steel and Titanium (but not other metals) with 6 W laser engravers. Laser marking is defined here as changing the color of the metal surface as a result of overheating. Laser marking is however less durable than laser engraving because the depth of the color change is much lower. Laser-marked surfaces can withstand just a few scrubs with fine sandpaper. For this purpose, the XF+ laser engraver with High-Resolution Lenses.

Nevertheless, if you want to do it really fast (>30 mm/s), then you will either need a laser with 15 W of optical power or the XT-50 laser engraver and cutter. Depending on the chemical composition and type of stainless steel you can assume speeds of 0.5 - 2 mm/s, 8 -15 mm/s, or 20-40 mm/s for the XF+ High Resolution Lens,PLH3D-15W respectively.


Wood


When buying a blue laser for cutting and engraving on wood, you often need to decide about its power. Less powerful, 2 W laser is not only cheaper but also allows for more precision laser engraving on wood. The more expensive 6-watt laser can engrave images with large pixels, and can be used where 2-watt version cannot, like cutting hard leather, or marking stainless steel or titanium. 2 W laser can work with a size of the spot of light as small as 0.1 mm, which enables wood engraving of very small details.

Results of engraving heavily depend on wood type. Several parameters need to be taken into account like hardness of the wood, surface and growth rings.


Ceramics



As a general rule, it is recommended to use an image with a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (DPI) for laser engraving. This will ensure that the laser is able to produce a detailed and accurate engraving, even at small sizes. However, higher resolution images may be necessary for extremely detailed or fine engravings.

By using a high-resolution image and considering the size of the engraving relative to the size of the ceramic plate, you can achieve the best results when engraving with a diode laser. There are a variety of software programs that can be used to create designs for engraving on a ceramic plate with a diode laser.

With PLH3D-XT-50 and it's capabilities to perform engraving with the 500 DPI allows for amazing quality engravings on materials like ceramic tiles. Higher power density reveals new engraving and cutting possibilities. Additionally, engraving and cutting processes are significantly faster comparing to laser heads without anamorphic optics.

Thermoformed Plastics



For thermoformed plastics, optical power density is significantly less important than optical power. The more optical power you deliver to the surface being processed, the faster it melts. For this very reason, 6 W laser engraver is a good choice. It is because it is built with the highest power laser diode available on the market. Nevertheless, higher optical power laser engravers and cutters such as 15 or 30 W multidiode laser heads will do an even better job. 2 W is generally not recommended for processing thermoformed plastics but it can do the job if lower cutting speeds are acceptable.


Dangerous Materials


There are many dangerous materials, particularly plastics, for which you should research whether a given material can be safely laser processed before any laser processing takes place. For these materials, you should have a ventilation system set-up in place and well as use an air-assist nozzle to protect the lens if possible. As a result the most suitable laser engraver and laser cutter choices would be:

  • Either PLH3D-XT-50 with the High-Pressure Air-Assist Nozzle;
  • Or PLH3D-6W-XF+ laser head with the High-Pressure Air-Assist Nozzle;
  • Or PLH3D-15W which has an air-assist nozzle built-in as a standard feature.

It is a good practice to have a ventilation system set-up for laser processing any plastics and additionally to remove the fumes with additional fan or direct fumex extraction tip from the cutting point. Remember that fumes are dangerous not only to humans, certain materials produces corroding gas or other substances that can influence your machines performance over time.


White-Colored Materials


Unlike thermoplastics, white materials require a high optical power density laser head in order to be laser engraved or laser cut. The higher the optical power of your laser engraver and laser cutter is, the higher variety of materials you will be able to cut. Hence the best choice for such materials is either PLH3D-15W or XT-50 if ultra-hd precision is preferable.


Other Types of Materials


As a general rule, most laser heads can process similar material types. Only a few particular types of materials require your laser engraver and laser cutter to have specific properties. The most common problematic materials were mentioned above.

Other types of materials can be processed with all engraving laser heads that have at least 2 W of optical power, and the main difference in their application would be the throughput obtained.


Choosing Appropriate Laser Head Based on the Material Thickness


The maximum thickness of the material that can be laser cut is determined by a few parameters. The most important factor is the material itself. Secondly, it also depends on the optical power and optical power density of your laser as well as the angle of the light cone. Foams in general are the thickest materials that can be cut with a laser cutter.

As a general rule, PLH3D-XT-50 or PLH3D-15W laser engravers will perform better than XF+ at laser cutting anything thinner than 5-6 mm. For material thicknesses above 8-10 mm it is advised not to use PLH3D-15W, XT-50 or XF+ as they will cause edge burning as a result of light cone angle. PLH3D-15W laser cutter will perform way better than XT-50 working with themoplastics with around 3 times higher laser cutting speed. Meanwhile, the XT-50 laser cutter will perform better at removing thin layers or laser cutting very thin materials where heat dissipation effects have smaller influence on cutting speed. Thus for materials with 8-10 mm thicknesses it is advised to use standard XF+ laser head equipped with either G2, G7 lens or High-Resolution Lens. Standard XF+ can be used to cut quite thick materials up to 40 mm. It can for example be utilized for cutting 40 mm foam in just 4-6 passes. We have also tested cutting 10 mm balsa with PLH3D-6W-XF+ Laser Head, but it is definitely possible to cut even thicker balsa with additional passes.


Compatibility with Various CNC Machines and 3D Printers - And How to Connect Your Engraver


PLH3D-CNC Adapter allows you to quickly connect your laser head to almost any CNC machine, including 3D printers. You may require basic electronics skills to connect it to more complicated controllers. Nevertheless, common controllers such as BlackBox controller, Duet 3D or xPro v4/v5 are quite easy to connect. We also have a controller connection database showing how to connect your PLH3D-CNC Adapter to a wide range of controllers.


CNC Milling Machines


Basically, with the help of the PLH3D-CNC Adapter, it is possible to connect the laser head to almost any CNC machine to turn your CNC machine into a laser engraving machine. One of the most important things, besides the connection, is generating an appropriate G-Code. G-Code for a laser engraver differs from the standard G-Code. The laser needs to be switched off for the duration of any idle movement while a spindle could be left spinning. The two most similar aspects of the laser and spingle g-codes are the power and the rotation speed. The same PWM signal that controls the rotation speed of the spindle can be used to control the laser power of your laser engraver and cutter. Typically, this is done with the S0 - S255 command (0 for 0% power and 255 for full power), but depending on your CNC Software and Controller, you might end up using different values, for example, S0 - S1000.

While it is possible to connect your laser engraver (and cutter) without the adapter, it requires basic electronics skills and an additional power source.


3D Printers


Connecting your laser to a 3D printer is somewhat more problematic than connecting it to a CNC machine. This is primarily caused by the fact 3D printers don’t have a dedicated output for spindle control. As a result, you don’t have a PWM signal designed specifically for the purpose of controlling an additional accessory such as a laser engraver. Nevertheless, a 3D printer has a few additional outputs for heater and fan control. These outputs can be used to control your laser. Using the PLH3D-CNC Adapter adds additional safety features and allows you to use enable signals. While the connection can typically be done in a few different ways, adding PLH3D-CNC Adapter significantly simplifies the connection and allows you to easily connect your laser engraver and cutter without the need for familiarity with basic electronics.


Other CNC Machines



Opt Lasers Laser Heads are designed to work with any CNC machinery and connecting them to your system is pretty straightforward. To fire the laser head, you need to provide it with a 5V or 10V analog signal, or you can use a PWM signal. Opt Lasers laser heads can be mounted on robotic arms, robots, rovers, lathes and all kinds of CNC machinery that can operate a modulating signal or a 0/1 digital signal.


What Accessories should I buy?


All main accessories (LaserDock, High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle) can be found in the product details section in the main menu. All other accessories as well as descriptions of their applications can be found on the Opt Lasers Accessories webpage.

The most important accessories you should consider for your laser engraver and cutter are:



The High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle

High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle

The High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle speeds up laser cutting and engraving by up to 6.5 times, but also greatly improves the quality of the processed material. By using the High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle, the resulting material will have noticeably higher quality and uniform and well-defined features.

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The LaserDock magnetic laser

LaserDock Magnetic Docking Station

Thanks to the LaserDock equipped with the laser attachment, you can effortlessly dismantle the laser unit when you are finished engraving or laser cutting. A clean focusing lens ensures consistent optical performance during subsequent laser engraving and cutting jobs. Keeping it clean also extends its lifespan.

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How to Choose an Appropriate CNC Machine Upgrade Kit for a Particular CNC Machine?


The majority of our laser heads are available in ready-to-buy kits that contain all the most important accessories you would need. Each kit is clearly described in terms of what products it contains. You can also create your own kit with our Generic Laser Upgrade Kit Builder. depending on what accessories you need.

In our offer, you can also find Eco Saver kits with XF+ laser engravers. These kits do not contain Laser Docking Station and they have a simplified connection. Since some machines require additional Enable Signal, Saver Kits cannot be installed on some machines due to a lack of PLH3D-CNC Adapter. You can find our Saver kits here.



Add-on Kits with PLH3D-15W Kits

PLH3D-15W Specialized Engraving Laser Head


Opt Lasers’ 15 W laser engraver (and laser cutter) can only be bought as a part of a relevant laser upgrade kit to ensure the unambiguous and reliable installation of this product. On the PLH3D-15W product page you can choose the wiring of choice and then add a relevant kit to your cart. If you cannot see your CNC machine on the list, please get in touch and we will quickly advise you which one you should choose. On such occasions, it is typically sufficient to choose a universal laser add-on kit and have a correct adapter program set.

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Add-on Kits with PLH3D-XT-50

PLH3D-XT-50 Specialized Engraving Laser Head


You don’t need higher laser power for laser engraving wood. PLH3D-XT-50 can effortlessly laser engrave wood while being moved at maximum working speeds of popular CNC machines.. In addition, XT-50 laser engraves with Ultra HD resolution and your eye would not see any difference if the focused beam spot was any smaller. XT-50 laser engraver has a square beam spot profile that can be easily adjustable in size by changing the working distance, which also modifies the resolution obtained.

It uses state-of-the-art optics yielding sharp and evenly-distributed focused beam spot to produce clear engravings. No alternative optical system can compete with the one utilized in the XT-50 engraving laser head. XT-50 laser engraver has the perfect size to cooling optimization ratio and, effectively, your laser diode’s lifetime will not decrease even if you use it 24/7. Furthermore, our XT-50 laser engraving head uses only 30 W of electrical power. You are also assured that the highest quality materials and components are used for its production process, signed with our Opt Lasers brand’s name.

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Add-on Kits with PLH3D-6W-XF+

PLH3D-XF+ Engraving Laser Head


PLH3D-6W Laser Heads are available in kits for numerous CNC machines. These kits include, but are not limited to kits for CNC machines such as LEAD, Workbee, Onefinity, i2R, X-Carve, Stepcraft, Openbuilds as well as other machines. In case you have a ShopSabre CNC machine, you should purchase your laser upgrade kit directly from them.

You can also create your own laser add-on kit by choosing relevant products of interest and adding them to your cart. However, you would lose out on an attractive discount that comes with buying a full kit.



Nevertheless, if you still cannot find anything relevant, please contact us and we will help you find a laser engraver and cutter kit that will work for your CNC machine. It is quite common for us to release new kits starting out from the point of a customer being interested in adding a laser head to his CNC machine.

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Add-on Kits with PLH3D-2W

PLH3D-XF+ Engraving Laser Head


If you add a 2 W laser engraver and an appropriate adapter kit for your CNC machine, our team will send you a suitable wire to connect PLH3D-CNC Adapter to your PLH3D-2W laser. You can also buy a ready universal 2 W laser engraver kit, which can be connected to all CNC machines. You would just need to connect it appropriately and set a correct Adapter Program.


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We are delighted with the designs our customers have sent us using laser engraving heads, and it is motivating us to continue creating and improving products. You can find a lot of useful information, creators' works and descriptions of their stories here. We publish the most interesting material on our website and social media profiles.

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Cutting & Engraving Wood with CNC Lasers


Cutting and engraving wood using a CNC laser depends on the type of wood, its hardness, as well as other parameters like humidity, or texture. Materials that are easiest to cut with a laser are balsa and aviation plywood. Plywood is made of two layers of slightly harder wood, and a filler - usually balsa. Laser cutting these materials is least problematic, and the process is highly repeatable, since the wood has no knags, and has a foam-like, homogenous structure. When selecting material suitable for laser cutting or engraving, you should check its uniformity. Some variants of balsa are cheaper but may contain splinters of harder wood that are more difficult to cut with a CNC laser. Similar guidelines apply to aviation plywood.

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Laser Engraving Transparent Materials with CNC Lasers


Transparency is a physical property of materials, which means that light can travel through an object without scattering (on a macroscopic scale). A transparent material is a material that appears clear and of a single color. Examples of transparent materials include plate glass and amorphous plastics (e.g. acrylics, PEI, PC, ABS, PS, etc.). Films of certain crystalline polymers, such as PET and PP, are also transparent as a result of being stretched in two directions (and thus bi-axially oriented), which aligns the polymer molecules in the film’s plane. There is consequently no refraction because of this alignment.

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https://optlasersgrav.com/user-manuals


To familiarize yourself with our laser engraver and laser cutter products installation manuals, please go to:

https://optlasersgrav.com/user-manuals


To find the answers for standard questions, please see the FAQ:

https://optlasersgrav.com/frequently-asked-questions


Instructions, 3D files, Software, technical drawings etc. can be found here:

https://optlasersgrav.com/files-download



Useful Laser Engraving and Laser Cutting Related Videos on YouTube


There are a lot of videos on Youtube that show laser engraver and cutter installation for different machines or present various interesting laser projects. You can also visit our Youtube Channel, which you are more than welcome to subscribe to.


There are a lot of related videos made by professional users as well as hobbyists. You can check them out here:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=opt+lasers


We have a few playlists that differentiate our videos based on the topic discussed. These for example include playlists related to specific CNC machines, Opt Lasers Educational Series or laser projects. In the link below, you can find lot of useful information about how to use laser engravers, how to install them or find an exciting inspiration for a new project:

https://www.youtube.com/c/OptLasers/playlists



Facebook Group and Fanpage for People Interested in Laser Engravers and Cutters


We highly encourage you to join our Opt Lasers facebook group. You can use this group to show your laser work, exchange laser processing experience as well as ask any questions you might have:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/optlasers

Build a supportive community together with us!


You are also recommended to give our Facebook fanpage a thumbs up. By clicking like, you will gain the added benefit of first-hand information about our exciting new product releases, interesting laser processing movies, handy tutorials and other materials:

https://www.facebook.com/OptLasers/


You can also follow our other social media:

Opt Lasers' Twitter

Opt Lasers' LinkedIn

Opt Lasers' Instagram



Additional YouTube Videos of Use to You


Below you can find our YouTube videos showing laser cutting and laser engraving tests, technical explanations and reviews as well as other valuable content:




Tests of PLH3D-15W - Videos



YouTubers Tests and Reviews