Should you use the LaserPecker 2 for cutting?

Should you use the LaserPecker 2 for cutting?

For those wishing to cut with the LaserPecker 2, it can cut up to 5mm of material; this needs to be adjusted for better results. Potential heat and debris buildup can be somewhat mitigated with the default safety cover and exhaust fan. However, when the fan is actively ventilating your work area, it is still very likely that you will see small flames and chars.

For more experienced users and those who are used to running their own exhaust pipes for better exhaust, this is less of an issue. However, an air assist option or the inclusion of a LaserPecker exhaust duct via one of the included bundles would be beneficial. Without modification, you'll need to be more careful to clean any buildup on the fan with a cotton swab as you get more carving and cutting done.

Another consideration when cutting is the working area of the LaserPecker 2. While some designs may scale down appropriately, this is an extra step to follow. Also, assume that you are cutting parts for items such as models individually at regular scale. In this case, it can be more time-consuming than using a standard-sized laser engraver.

Overall, the cutting ability of the LaserPecker 2 is not ideal compared to the simplicity of the engraving process. The LaserPecker 2 is perfect for those who want to quickly tackle small format engraving jobs. However, if you are willing to experiment with a 5W laser and modify your surroundings, it can still be used for cutting, although not as efficiently as 10W and higher power diode lasers.

Should you buy the LaserPecker 2?

There are a few considerations you need to weigh when purchasing the LaserPecker 2. While it benefits from its portability in the first place, it's a more expensive option and may require more tweaking for some modes of operation. With this in mind, if you're looking for a machine that can handle batch production of small items relatively quickly and on the go, this can be a good business investment. A 5W laser is not powerful enough to cut many materials, but it can engrave and mark most materials.

Overall, the LaserPecker 2 is best suited for small format engraving projects. It's perfect if you need to work on surfaces outside or on site. If you don't have room for a full-size engraver, this is a space-saving option that can introduce you to laser engraving.

As long as the LaserPecker 2 fits your design and intent, it's a welcome option to explore.

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