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L-Cheapo 3.5W Laser Attachment - Free US Shipping

L-Cheapo 3.5W Laser Attachment - Free US Shipping
L-Cheapo 3.5W Laser Attachment - Free US Shipping L-Cheapo 3.5W Laser Attachment - Free US Shipping L-Cheapo 3.5W Laser Attachment - Free US Shipping
Brand: Robots Everywhere
Product Code: L-Cheapo 3.5W
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Price: $250.00

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In 2014, the L-Cheapo was developed to provide an open-hardware solution to laser cutting. The L-Cheapo Mark 1 hit 300% of its crowdfunding goal and was delivered faster than most crowdfunded projects in the same category. 

Earlier this year, the L-Cheapo Mark 2 refined the design, allowing most 3D printers to be turned into a hybrid tool that can not only engrave but cut wood, plastic and leather.

Now we introduce the Mark 3. It fits in the same footprint as the Mark 2, looks suspiciously like the Mark 2, is wired in the exact same way as the Mark 2...

So why should you care? This is Robots Everywhere, not Apple. This is not about the same product in a smaller case for a higher price. The Mark 3 outputs 70% more photons than its predecessor, resulting in fewer passes and deeper cuts. At 3.5 watts optical continuous output, it's the strongest solid-state cutting laser kit currently available.

Both the Mark 2 and the Mark 3 are now available with an optional PWM connector that lets you control the output via any logic-level pin, from 15% to 100% (if for some reason, such as engraving grasycale images, you need less laser power).

L-Cheapo Mark 2 MSRP = $180
L-Cheapo Mark 3 MSRP = $250

 

The L-Cheapo 3.5W is now available!

Improvements to version 2.2: PWM capable, better heat management, more efficient.

Improvements to version 2: it's smaller and will work for 12V and 24V systems. (See comparison photos above and the output test video on the video tab!)

NOTE: L-Cheapos are made as ordered, it can sometimes take 5-7 days before your L-Cheapo will ship.&

Introducing the L-CHEAPO Laser Attachment (as seen on Indiegogo).

If you have a 3D printer or CNC mill, you can easily add a laser to it. It can cut wood, most plastics, paper products, and engrave most materials.

 

Got a 3D printer? Want to work with something you can't melt?  Burn through it!  With a friggin' laser.  L-Cheapo raised over $39,000 during its Indiegogo campaign.  If you missed it, you can order one here.

L-Cheapo Indiegogo Campaign Video - Check out the Videos Tab above for more videos of the L-Cheapo in action.

Why it's Awesome:

  • It can cut 3/16" wood and plastic, and engrave most nonmetallic materials.
  • The module requires very little space. It lives on top of a 3D printer or CNC mill, and does not get in the way of using the tool normally.
  • You can switch from laser to printer mode and vice versa in less than two minutes with no tools.
  • No extra power supply or new software needed - just create a special extrusion profile for the software you already use (Slic3r / skeinforge /etc).
  • Any hobby grade 3D printer will work, as will most CNC mills.
  • OPEN SOURCE! The working drawings and schematics are published under a noncommercial license.
  • Laser cutting opens up a lot of making possibilities.
  • Desktop 3D printer and CNC owners, high school shop classes, small universities, and local hackerspaces can work with a wider variety of materials and techniques.
  • Laser-cut parts are tougher than 3D printer parts.
  • With this device, the initial dollar investment goes from thousands to hundreds.
  • It's a friggin' laser

 

Safety:

  • Remember to never look directly into the laser aperture. (That goes for children, pets, in-laws, enemies, and friends too.)
  • The diode operates at 445nm so protection equipment is readily available - a pair of laser protection glasses is provided with each module.

 

The L-Cheapo Package Includes:

  • L-Cheapo 3.5W Module with Laser Safety Glasses (works with both 12V or 24V printers).
  • Universal Mount. (Or you can print your own mount using the files at the Thingiverse link in the Links Tab above.)
  • Free US shippping (International shipping will be invoiced separately when ready to ship).
  • Optional: Extra Laser Safety Glasses - $5.00 per pair (look for the product link in the related products tab).
  • Shipping: US Shipping is included, for International Shipping, choose the appropriate checkbox above. NOTE: L-Cheapos are made as ordered, it can sometimes take 5-7 days before your L-Cheapo will ship. 

 

About the Inventor:

MK Borri is the owner and chief engineer at Robots Everywhere in San Rafael, California. He has been building autonomous drones, data loggers, and telemetry equipment since 2007.

 

Obligatory disclaimer:

BY OPERATING AN L-CHEAPO LASER, WHETHER BOUGHT AS A KIT OR BUILT FROM PLANS, YOU AGREE AND ACCEPT:

  • You are old enough to vote in your country of citizenship.
  • You know the potential hazards in using high power lasers.
  • You will wear professional laser-eye-protection when operating the laser.
  • You will use this device in a legal and safe manner.
  • You relieve the seller and manufacturer from any liability arising from the sale or use of this component/device/item.
  • You will NEVER use or run this device outside of a CNC tool, or in front of crowds/bystanders.
  • All items are made on REQUEST, so no refunds OR warranty given. However, we will work with you to replace DOA components. 

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Software/Firmware

Does it need special firmware or software?

No, you'll use everything you already have for your printer.

 

Mounts

Do you have a thing ID on thingiverse for a mount for my printer?

New mounts are being added, check the Thingiverse link in the links tab above to see if your mount is there.

What do the mounts look like?

Generic Mount
This is the "generic" holder (Version 1), the horizontal part is intended to be zip-tied on top of the extruder stepper.

 
   

Printer Compatibility

Can this be used with a Delta printer?

Delta printers will work as long as they can move at least 2500mm/min horizontally. By the look of it, the laser will have to be mounted carefully, but it should work.

Will it work with Printer X?

Short answer: Probably.

Long answer: If your printer has two wires going to the extruder heater, and runs on 12V or 24V, it will. All RAMPS-based printers (Makerbot, Solidoodle, Type A, anything with a Sanguinololu on it will work. However, if you have a 24V printer, you must order a 24V because it has a slightly different PCB (Note: L-Cheapo v2 [Mark 2] works on both 12V and 24V).

Is my printer 12V or 24V?

You can check this table for printer voltages reported by backers (Note: L-Cheapo v2 [Mark 2] works on both 12V and 24V):

24V Big Ox router
12V Deltaprintr
24V Hadron ORD Bot
24V Lulzbot TAZ
24V Lulzbot TAZ3
12V Makerbot Thing-o-matic MK6 extruder
12V Makerfarm i3v
12V Makergear Prusa metric
24V MedelMax 2.0
12V Minitech Benchtop CNC
12V Printrbot LC v2.1
12V Printrbot Plus v2.0
12V Prusa i3
24V Revolution XXL
24V Rigidbot and Rigidbot Big
12V Rostock Max Delta
12V Shapeoko 1
24V Shapeoko 2
12V Solidoodle
12V TAZ 16"
24V TMax 2.0
24V Ultimaker Original (V1)

Links and Downloads:

L-Cheapo Mark 2 - Improved output, smaller size, works on 12V or 24V!
Go from 3D printer to laser cutter in 2 minutes -- with one hand!
The laser module does not affect your printer's speed, and can be used to engrave cardboard.
Powerful enough cut through 1/8" acrylic.
We shipped the first laser by drone.
Engraving a proto board is about as good as a silkscreeened PCB for one-off projects, and at zero marginal cost!
Even at 75% power, the module is sufficient to light a grill... good thing, too, we were legitimately out of matches!

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