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Renaud S19 Jun 2017 3:29 a.m. PST

I would like to invest in prototyping and producing laser cut models, mostly mdf, paper and acrylic. What are the standard options, buy a more or less 400 dollars 40w machine on ebay? Are they better brands than others, are these machines usually reliable, do they use a lot of maintenance, spare parts? Do they have more "hidden costs" or constraints?

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2017 5:26 a.m. PST

Good questions!! I want to know too!

Another… Where do I buy MDF in the States?

redmist112219 Jun 2017 7:29 a.m. PST

A very good question…I found this channel on YouTube, very informative about laser cut stuff. I believe she is in the U.S. and answers questions pretty fast.

YouTube link

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coryfromMissoula19 Jun 2017 8:48 a.m. PST

I have limited experience, a friend of mine and I both got the cheap Chinese engravers off of Amazon a few months ago. Biggest issue so far is the crappy proprietary software that doesn't import outside files well.

I splurged and spent extra for a larger machine, still 40 watt. The ability to do large terrain boards (I have been doing 10x10" terrain tiles lately) and tall buildings has been worth it to me.

Skipper John, I get 1/8"/3mm at my local lumber supply yard. Not Home Depot/Lowes, but a real lumber yard.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP19 Jun 2017 1:35 p.m. PST

There are plenty of reviews on YouTube.com. Search by model name, or watch 40 Watt Laser Cutter videos from the search results list. They all seem similar in quality and issues. Cheers!

Lonkka1Actual20 Jun 2017 4:37 a.m. PST

Hmmm, tempted to investigate acquisition of one…

goragrad20 Jun 2017 8:42 p.m. PST

Got me to look at them.

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