X-Carve 15w Laser Mounting Set

by tdeagan Mar 12, 2017
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Tim, how's the cutting performance on this? Did they send you any specifications on the diode?

I don't assume that diode lasers are:
A) primarily useful for cutting (as opposed to burning)
B) expected to run well at their rated output

I usually run the 15W at 50% or less, essentially operating it as a really good 5W laser. This allows me longer operating times.

I cut almost exclusively leather, which works well up to about 4oz. I have successfully burned/engraved on steel tools (using a black marker) and many other materials. Cutting paper and other thin stuff is trivial, I'd buy a CO2 laser if I really wanted to cut wood.

It likly will pulse @ 15w on start... but that is not good for the laser diode. It will not last long.
Take a look at the lasers from Opt Lasers, they are the best I have found for the price: http://optlasers.com/en/69-cnc-3d-lasers

I doubt this laser is 15W !!! What can you cut and which thickness ?