DIY Desktop Laser Cutter and Engraver - FABOOL Laser Mini

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DIY Desktop Laser Cutter and Engraver - FABOOL Laser Mini by smartDIYs Sep 20, 2016

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FABOOL Laser Mini is an open-source, ready-to-assemble type of desktop laser cutter and engraver, which was developed by smartDIYs, a group of Japanese engineers.The machine excels in usability and expandability, which enables it to meet variety of needs.

It all began with developing a high-power 60W large laser cutter and engraver for our own a year and a half ago, we turned it into a smaller version of desktop laser cutter and engraver, as Smart Laser Mini. This time we are releasing the upgraded version as FABOOL Laser Mini, with improved usability, stylish design, and 1/4 of assembly time.

In June 2016, FABOOL Laser Mini, collected about $60 million , which was the highest amount ever in the history of major crowdfunding platforms in Japan as well as the second highest among laser cutter campaigns in the world.

To find out more about us: http://www.smartdiys.cc/fabool-laser-mini/

Key Features

<Key Features>

  1. “Scalability” which adapts to various needs of users
    Extension of parts allows users to customize based on their needs. (e.g. Expanding the frame which leads to 1m*1m processing range, Replacing the laser head to one with can produce higher output). Because both hard and software are open source, it made possible to add User’s original functions.

  2. Satisfying a wide range of needs by providing sufficient machine performance
    Equipped with high-spec motor driver and high-speed microcomputer chip, FABOOL Laser Mini can be used in various situations from designing, to teaching, to prototyping, and more! Despite its affordability, the high-spec and good quality of Japan-design laser cutter will not disappoint users.

  3. Easy assembly
    Assembly only takes about two hours. All you need is hex wrench and spanner, which are included in FABOOL Laser Mini kit.

  4. User friendly cloud-based software
    The free all-in-one software, which is cloud-based and works on the browser, includes functions such as creating and retrieving the processed data of products - sharing all those data and images of the products among other users.



Step-by-step instruction manual for assembly and how to use the software.

More Details of FABOOL Laser Mini

Product Specification

Work Area: 300×230mm
Laser: 1.6W Laser Diode 445nm (Basic Model) / 3.5W (Power-up Model)
Supported Processing Method: Vector engraving, Raster engraving
Supported OS: Windows7, Windows8, Windows8.1, Windows10, Mac OS X, Linux, Raspberry Pi
Supported Browser: Chrome、FireFox
Accessories: USB Cable, AC Adapter, Laser Safety Glasses, Hexagon Wrench, Spanner
Power Supply: AC100V-240V
Size: 540×485×140mm(Not including cable)
Operating temperature: Below 30℃ (86F)
Continuous operating time: Under one hour
Weight: About 4kg

-- 1.6W Laser Diode
Blue Laser Diode 1.6 W in TO56 Package by OSRAM Ltd.
-- 3.5W Laser Diode
Blue Laser Diode 3.5 W by NICHIA Cooperation.

-- Mechanical parts
We adopted open builds V-slot (http://openbuildspartstore.com/) for our mechanical parts, which leads to simple and easy assembly.

-- Computer software
Computer software works on the Browser. It’s made by HTML, JavaScript, Python. Also it’s Cross-platform, and you can use it with Windows、Max OS X、Linux、Raspberry Pi.

-- Software Download
Instruction for downloading the software:

-- Control board
The control board uses STM32 microcontroller.
Microcontroller’s program is based on GRBL (Bengler: GRBL)
FABOOL Laser Mini Shield designed using the KiCad.
Download FABOOL Laser Mini Shield’s design data file from GitHub.
・KiCad data files
・Circuit diagram (pdf)
・Parts list
smartDIYs/SmartLaserMiniShield · GitHub

-- Work with Raspberry Pi
FABOOL Laser Mini also works with Raspberry Pi.

-- Motors
Use 3pcs of NEMA17 Stepping motors(JK43HS34)

-- Processing method
Vector Method
The vector method can cut along the outer shapes also It can be created in SVG or DXF format.
Raster Method 
Raster method is for impressing an image while horizontally scanning just like filling.
Raster method can be put with SVG, PNG or BMP format images.

-- Open source
Visit our official website for open-source data regarding PCB, mechanical design, and driver software.

Expansion Kit allows to expand the cutting bed to 1m*1m.

Assemble only takes about two hours on average.

All parts required to assemble FABOOL Laser Mini.

Work examples

macaroon and white chocolate

Panda made with a sheet of paper

Engrave a logo on iPhone

Engrave a logo on denim

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I would like to make one of these for my classmates but I can not print dxf files. Would you please upload the stl's.

Hi, is the firmware for the Laser Mini Shield open-source too?

Love the picture of the device lasing the cookie

Really love the clean minimalistic design. Can the 3.5W laser really engrave aluminium? Also the schematic does not appear to include a laser modulator. Will that have to be bought or built separately?

FABOOL Laser Mini cannot engrave aluminum, but if it is anodized it can do so by peeling the top coat, which is exactly the case for engraving iPhone.
There is another board included in the package. Everything you need comes in a package so you would not have to built or buy something separately.

I made some boards from PCBGOGO, China and I was amazed with the price and quality. They also have a good sales team.
You could try them when you have boards to make.

Juste une chose à dire... merci beaucoup !
Just one thing to say ... thank you!

Hey good joob! is this open source like prusa?

Do you offer the high power laser options anywhere? Personally The 3.5W laser isnt strong enough for cutting the thicknesses of materials im interested in working work. Great looking product all the same though.

We do not offer anything more powerful than 3.5W laser for FABOOL Laser Mini, but we have a different machine, Smart Laser CO2, which is equipped with 40W laser. Please refer to the links below.

Laser Cutter (World’s largest self-assembly (DIY) style CO2 laser cutter and engraver)

I didn't see the CO2 laser for sale on your website... only the mini and its accessories... how much would the CO2 be?

We are currently selling CO2 only in Japan. We are getting ready to release it overseas at the beginning of 2017 so the price has not been completely set yet. Please check our website and blog for updates! Thank you.