9 March 2015 Development of a low cost, 3-DOF desktop laser cutter using 3D printer hardware
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This paper presents the development of a compact, desktop laser-cutting system capable of cutting materials such as wood, metal and plastic. A re-commissioned beheaded MakerBot® Replicator 2X is turned into a 3-DOF laser cutter by way of integration with 800W (peak power) fiber laser. Special attention is paid to tear-down, modification and integration of the objective lens in place of the print head. Example cuts in wood and metal will be presented, as well as design of an exhaust system.
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Jamil Jivraj, Yize Huang, Ronnie Wong, Yi Lu, Barry Vuong, Joel Ramjist, Xijia Gu, Victor X. D. Yang, "Development of a low cost, 3-DOF desktop laser cutter using 3D printer hardware", Proc. SPIE 9356, High-Power Laser Materials Processing: Lasers, Beam Delivery, Diagnostics, and Applications IV, 93560N (9 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2080629; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2080629
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