Keen to hear which lasers people use. I was going to look at sandblasting but thinking a laser might be better.
My son actually sells Lasers. It depends on what you intend on lasering on. It also depends on what scale you’re are going to make things. They aren’t cheap.
i looked at a k40 not a complete DIY but does have a learning curve and requires some TLC. It has a small working bed but good for paper and lighter materials(thinner wood or multiple passes), there are plenty of facebook groups for them, read through the posts, that question gets asked daily…
I have a glowforge pro. I went with that because of the user interface. It’s very user friendly and intuitive. Prior to getting the Glowforge i was looking into the dremel digilab and the Trotec they have great laser supplies and great customer service. Guess it all depends on what you’re trying to accomplish!
Heard great things about the glow forge but was hoping to get something you can fit glass tumblers in and also metal keep cups to engrave those.
I have a Glowforge pro that I love, and plan on buying one I can do tumblers In eventually. It’s odd to me that they didn’t make the bed a little deeper.
I also have a Glowforge Pro. They are pretty plug and play and easy to start out with. As you build your business you can always upgrade the laser in the future but it’s a good starting line
Does it fit glass tumblers and metal keep cups.
I recently purchased an Eleksmaker 2.5W laser from Banggood. I didn’t have the deep pockets for a Glowforge which is a CO2 laser. This is a diode laser which are cheaper. It does require a learning curve but they have a really active community. Been pleased so far…
I have a Glowforge pro as well. I love it! Let me know if you have any questions about it.
What are you wanting to make that you were considering sandblasting? I have been sandblasting for 10 years, lasering for 6. They both have their place and excel at it. There is overlap where one does the job better but they both get it done.
Currently I doing cream etching on wine glasses just home and have heard sand blasting is better.
I would like the laser for engraving, wood , acrylic etc also water bottles and metal keep cups.
Thought if a laser could do the glass etching then it would be good to combine rather than have seperate machinery.
I also do sublimation so getting to cut out my own subs with the laser.
Thanks Juliet, does the bigger one allow you to fit tumblers, water bottles, metal keep cups in it?
Sandblasting is far superior on etching glass. You can use vinyl mask, photoresist which is exposed film, or, if you have a laser, use a laser engraved mask and then finish with sandblasting to get that nice frost and depth.
I actually did sandblasted powdercoat tumblers before I got a rotary for my laser. In my opinion, buy the best you can budget on the laser and get a small sandblast cabinet from somewhere like Harbor Freight if you only want to do things like glassware in it. I do engraved stones so I upgraded to the largest one they sell but you don’t need that.
Thank you for the advice!
I’ve had my eyes set on a Glowforge for a little bit now. They are so amazing. I wish that they could work on things thicker than 2" though.
I have a Trotec speedy 300 50 W I love it so much!
Amanda what medium do you use for your sandblasting?
I use aluminum oxide that I get from Harbor Freight.
I’ve heard great things about Glowforge and have my eye on one. Eventually, I’d like to get a larger machine as well, but for now the Glowforge is best suited for the space I have.