Technology has come a long, nowadays you can buy a small laser cutter at an affordable price rather than spending thousands on poorly made or relatively cheap materials and machines. Nowadays, systems are more compact and much, much cheaper. So cheap in fact, they’ve now become popular with at-home hobbyists for DIY crafts. Despite their relative affordability they are only just catching on with many people believing that they are out of their price range. One of the newest and most affordable machines on the market is the Flux laser.
What are they?
Flux laser machines were first put into production all the way back in 2014 when a Kickstarter raised a lot of money, they’re now creating highly affordable models which sell for a little over a grand. The company is familiar with the Kickstarter process and has been successfully creating great products that customers love for a number of years. Many people are saying that they have had good experience with the machines. They have a wide variety of uses and people have used them for everything from stationary to ornaments.
Setting them up
Your Flux laser will arrive set up and ready to go. After a quick software installation and configuration you can get started, just keep in mind that ventilation is absolutely necessary. All systems will create smoke, and depending on the materials you’re working on the smoke can actually be dangerous to your health. Even relatively safe materials shouldn’t be breathed in, smoke can be harmful to your lungs. Make sure you correctly run ventilation outside of your windows and wear the right protective gear.
Be aware of the materials you can use
If you’re new to the Flux laser you should make sure you take the time to learn what can and cannot go into it. Many materials can be safely cut but have to be watched closely as they’re flammable, other materials will melt and potentially destroy your machine. Certain materials such as PVC will emit dangerous and noxious gases that could seriously impact your health or even leave to death. The basic materials such as timber, acrylic, cardboard and glass are safe but if you’re planning to use anything different it’s important to do your research. It’s worth keeping in mind that even the ‘basic’ materials can be dangerous, such as with wood it’s important to avoid oilier woods because they can cause a fire. Cardboard, leather and acrylic are generally okay. You won’t be able to cut glass but it can be engraved, as can rubber although you’ll need to ensure that the rubber material is safe for use under a Flux laser.
Be aware of the thickness of your materials
The wattage of your machine will impact on the thickness of the materials you can use. It’s important to be aware of the boundaries of what your machines can do, it will stop you from having to lug home materials only to discover they don’t fit or damaging your machine on materials that are too thick.
Working with new materials will require adjustments, you’ll need to ensure that the speed of your machine is set right and that the power is properly adjusted to prevent scorching.
As is the case with any machine some maintenance will be needed to ensure everything works perfectly. You’ll need to regularly clean your machine to prevent damage and keep it working properly. Make sure you get rid of any debris and lube up the correct parts. If parts break you can usually buy affordable replacements on the web.