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  1. Reply
    Hobby Laser Cutters May 20, 2022 at 18:19

    Haven’t tried nylon yet, but I think it can cut it if it is dark color.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters May 12, 2022 at 19:39

    Thank you for your input! Glad to see you made a good decision!

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    Hobby Laser Cutters May 12, 2022 at 19:37

    Thanks! Yeah I remember the early days of 3D printing. I made my first 3D printer 10+ years ago and spent 1k$ for assembly materials and motors and heads… And everybody was looking at my printer as a 8th wonder of the world. Nobody was familiar with 3D printing. I still have it but it prints way worse compared to a 150$ 3D printer now 🙂

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    Hobby Laser Cutters May 12, 2022 at 19:33

    Probably they will soon have their own air assist system made for their machines. Possibly you could modify an existing assist for another brand, but I don’t think you really need an air assist for the S9 as it is capable cutter by itself.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters May 11, 2022 at 19:47

    There will always be a better machine as this field is developing very quickly as every few months a new and better machine is introduced which features new tech.
    We will try to keep up with our reviews as fast as we can 🙂

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    Hobby Laser Cutters May 11, 2022 at 19:42

    We will definitely test some powerful lasers when they come out!

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    Hobby Laser Cutters May 9, 2022 at 16:15

    Did you check that the connector on the motor that moves that axis did not disconnect by accident?

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    Hobby Laser Cutters May 6, 2022 at 15:22

    There is adjustment. It is also stated in the instructions. The bottom wheel has a hex nut on one side, that nut is eccentrically mounted and spinning it, changes the tension by moving the wheel slightly up or down. Use the included spanner/wrench to rotate it until the loose play is gone.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters April 28, 2022 at 08:13

    There could be a slight chance that the power supply might be a problem?

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    Hobby Laser Cutters April 26, 2022 at 10:36

    Sculpfun does not have an official air assist yet. All of the available are after-market/third party kits. We will test one in the following months.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters April 25, 2022 at 07:49

    This is some very fine text. I am not sure it would come out cleanly. I would say 1mm text is the smallest you can go.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters April 25, 2022 at 07:46

    I rather use speed around 600mm/min and full power for cutting and then go with multiple passes, rather than going slower and do a single pass. Multiple passes at higher speed leave much cleaner and less charred edge.
    You should use Poplar plywood. This cuts the easiest.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters April 22, 2022 at 14:58

    Check the technical review, it will help you figure it out a bit
    https://hobbylasercutters.com/sculpfun-s9/

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    Hobby Laser Cutters April 22, 2022 at 14:57

    try 600mm/min, 100% power and several passes.
    Did you check the technical review?
    https://hobbylasercutters.com/sculpfun-s9/

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    Hobby Laser Cutters April 18, 2022 at 09:40

    Usually all the dual diode modules have larger beam sizes than standard 5W modules. I think it has something to do with the challenges of focusing the two light sources together. It is a flagship because it is very well built and has the most features. The fact that the beam is perfect square is very important. This helps A LOT when cutting wooden boxes with tight fitting joints. Otherwise parts cut vertically and horizontally don’t fit together.

    With 10W machines, I engrave the test pattern on anodized aluminium with 50% power so the light output should be about the same as running 5W machine at 100% power.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters April 11, 2022 at 16:52

    The absolute limit is 5000mm/min, but the practical limit is around 3000mm/min

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    Hobby Laser Cutters April 11, 2022 at 16:51

    Thanks!

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    Hobby Laser Cutters April 9, 2022 at 15:00

    Good catch. When I got the machine it was advertised as 15W and somewhere as 10W.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters April 9, 2022 at 14:59

    Whoops, I forgot to add it. Its fixed now.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters April 9, 2022 at 14:56

    Yes, S9 is safe to look for a short moment without glasses. It has a good light shield.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters March 28, 2022 at 06:59

    Hi,
    It has much nicer mechanics and an offline controller. I haven’t tried engraving on stainless with it yet.
    As for the performance comparison, you should compare it with our Sculpfun S9 review article.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters March 22, 2022 at 18:41

    Running at 100% will probably not affect the life span of the laser significantly, unless you use it A LOT.
    You can probably engrave most of this things with only 90%, but you need to go slower. Our power and speed settings are not ideal and can be improved significantly with some more experimenting.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters March 16, 2022 at 18:42

    This is strange. On what layer does this happen? You can correct the values by hand to the correct one by even looking at the test file text next to the pattern.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters March 15, 2022 at 15:34

    It is measured in the interval test within anodized aluminium test pattern. Its 0.15mm times 0.15mm square

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    Hobby Laser Cutters March 9, 2022 at 18:33

    I haven’t tested the A5 Pro+, but I suppose it is a bit better than the A5.
    If I would be choosing I would choose the Sculpfun S9, because it is truly a very good machine. And I like their light shielding around the module much better. With Atomstack it is very difficult to see where it will start engraving and it is impossible to lower the module a few milimeters lower than optimal(due to the design of the heatsink, which sits very low above the working surface) when you want to cut thicker stuff. I find this very useful to do with the S9.
    We also have a fresh discount coupon for the S9 at the end of the article (price with coupon is 299$). We would appreciate if you buy by clicking through the link in the article, this way you help us to run the website, get more machines for testing and pay our web hosting at no extra cost to you.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters March 3, 2022 at 17:41

    Both should be OK.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters February 27, 2022 at 08:26

    You can get it through the links at the end of the post. If you order at Banggood, there will be no import costs as the Banggood sends it with taxes and customs already pre-paid. You only pay the list price and shipping. No extra costs at your border.
    But I would recommend you getting the much more capable Sculpfun S9, I have a great coupon code for it(till the end of the month), and you can get it for only 299$ if you use my code at the end of the article:
    https://hobbylasercutters.com/sculpfun-s9/

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    Hobby Laser Cutters February 27, 2022 at 08:23

    https://www.festi.info/boxes.py/
    Just click to the drop-downs – boxes, boxes with flex and choose your variant.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters February 27, 2022 at 08:21

    https://hobbylasercutters.com/download-test-files/

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    Hobby Laser Cutters February 21, 2022 at 16:42

    Yes, The Sculpfun will release their own roller system in just a few days. We are already testing it and will publish an article when we finish.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters February 15, 2022 at 15:44

    Indeed, vinyl is bad for you and your machine!

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    Hobby Laser Cutters February 15, 2022 at 15:43

    Can’t say about the Comgrow as we haven’t tested it, but I know that the S9 is the currently best machine we have tested in the price range up to 450$.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters February 15, 2022 at 15:41

    Aluminium does not engrave directly but anodized aluminium works great.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters February 14, 2022 at 17:44

    You need to wait a couple of days so that the roller system becomes available. I will post link when it does.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters February 12, 2022 at 16:51

    Great tip!

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    Hobby Laser Cutters February 12, 2022 at 16:50

    Banggood ships from China, although they have some products in US stock aswell.
    But I never had problems with them. The import taxes are handled by Banggood.

    You can also buy from Amazon if you want to get it from US:
    https://amzn.to/3HmVFAv

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    Hobby Laser Cutters February 1, 2022 at 18:49

    Cool!

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 23, 2022 at 09:47

    Does your laser module have 3 pin connector?

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 23, 2022 at 09:44

    Check the wires to the Y axis motor. It could be that the connector has a bad contact.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 23, 2022 at 09:40

    You should try to contact Sculpfun support. It could be that the tension of the belts or the rollers is too high but it can also be an electrical issue.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 23, 2022 at 09:39

    Try to remove the belt. If movement is still stiff, adjust the eccentric nut under one of the rollers and release some tension.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 23, 2022 at 09:38

    I will test the Atomstack m50 soon, so I will have all three tested and we will see which one is the best.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 23, 2022 at 09:37

    Anodized aluminium at 600mm/min, stainless at 100mm/min. Both at full power.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 17, 2022 at 17:22

    Cool!
    I use full power for all cutting jobs.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 10, 2022 at 19:48

    Hi,
    I am planning to test the xtool soon, so we will see how good it is 🙂

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 10, 2022 at 19:46

    I am having some problems with the email system. I sent you the files via email.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 5, 2022 at 20:09

    For this laser I didn’t make the full video featuring all the tests, but I made a video featuring some cool projects I made with the S9. It is also on this website under the tab Projects and Ideas.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 5, 2022 at 15:21

    If you want to buy, you have the purchase link at the end of this post.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 2, 2022 at 09:33

    On this website you can also find an article of the Ortur Laser Master 2 Pro. You can directly compare the results:
    https://hobbylasercutters.com/ortur-laser-master-2-pro/

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    Hobby Laser Cutters January 2, 2022 at 09:31

    Hi, In this extended article you will be able to download the .dxf file for my drill bit box:
    https://www.instructables.com/Laser-Cut-Drill-Bit-Organizer-With-CNC-Routed-Dril/

    But if it still comes out too small, you probably have the units wrong in the software. Maybe try metric units.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters December 30, 2021 at 19:24

    You should check the belt tension and adjust the rollers.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters December 29, 2021 at 19:47

    Lightburn is completely user friendly program. You don’t need to know gcode.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters December 24, 2021 at 19:27

    It should work, but I can’t be 100% because I haven’t tried it.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters December 24, 2021 at 19:26

    The S9 does not have limit switches currently. But it might soon get updated and get them.
    I don’t use air assist, but I am planning to make it.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters December 12, 2021 at 16:40

    Thanks!

  56. Reply
    Hobby Laser Cutters December 12, 2021 at 08:46

    I really haven’t tried MDF yet, but it should cut it without problems. I have seen many people cut MDF with weaker lasers.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters December 9, 2021 at 19:07

    https://www.banggood.com/custlink/m3KRNhuYw7

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    Hobby Laser Cutters December 9, 2021 at 19:05

    Sure! Just buy the separate S9 laser head.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters December 6, 2021 at 16:12

    Thank you!
    We plan to test rotary accessories soon!

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    Hobby Laser Cutters December 4, 2021 at 18:46

    Sculpfun S9

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    Hobby Laser Cutters December 4, 2021 at 18:46

    Cutting leather should not be a problem. Although, the edge would most probably be black.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters December 4, 2021 at 18:44

    Thanks! Air assist will be tested soon!

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 25, 2021 at 14:37

    Diode lasers work differently than CO2 lasers. Diode laser emits visible light. So anything that looks transparent to you or very white in color will not be ready to cut because light reflects of white surfaces and passes through transparent materials. CO2 lasers work in IR spectrum which is basically heat. This is why it is absorbed by almost any material.
    Blue acrylic does not work because it is the same color as laser light – it reflects blue light.
    You can cut yellow, red and green and similar colors. But the lighter the color, more passes are needed. Yellow takes twice as many passes as black.
    Never tried opaque.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 23, 2021 at 18:49

    The cutting performance depends on the wood type. The best wood for laser cutting is Poplar wood which is soft and cuts well. 95% of things you see laser cut is made from this wood.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 23, 2021 at 18:48

    No, sadly it needs USB. Anything via wireless would be unreliable. You can try with active USB extension cable (5m, 10m length), but not having a computer nearby will make the machine very difficult to use. You need a screen and keyboard next to the machine so you can see what you are doing.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 23, 2021 at 18:46

    No. None of these machines can cut transparent or blue acrylic. They can cut black, yellow, red, green.. but lighter the color, more passes it needs to cut through.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 22, 2021 at 16:14

    Thanks! you can add yourself by filling the form below the homepage.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 22, 2021 at 16:13

    This tutorial will help you to setup the machine in Lightburn (or LaserGRBL – here is tutorial for both programs):
    https://gzhls.at/blob/ldb/f/b/e/c/5c238a8e46a7541a755e8ab8326381fef7dd.pdf
    The tutorial is for Atomstack, but it is the same setup for Sculpfun.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 22, 2021 at 16:12

    This tutorial will help you to setup the machine in Lightburn (or LaserGRBL – here is tutorial for both programs):
    https://gzhls.at/blob/ldb/f/b/e/c/5c238a8e46a7541a755e8ab8326381fef7dd.pdf
    The tutorial is for Atomstack, but it is the same setup for Sculpfun.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 14, 2021 at 19:49

    No, it is the standard controller, very similar to the Atomstack. But it works just fine.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 13, 2021 at 20:25

    You can subscribe to newsletter by filling in the newsletter form below the page with your email.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 13, 2021 at 20:23

    Thanks!

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 13, 2021 at 20:22

    Maybe I will make it. I need to figure out how to measure the performance difference between them. I use better OD6+ goggles which protect eyes way more than the included ones. I posted a link to that goggles in each review.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 13, 2021 at 20:21

    Ventilation is highly recommended. At least have some desk fan blowing air out of the window. Especially when cutting acrylic a lot of smell is produced.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 13, 2021 at 20:19

    Cool! I will make a video with roller setup as soon the Sculpfun releases it.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 3, 2021 at 15:51

    Thank you!

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    Hobby Laser Cutters November 1, 2021 at 08:02

    Thanks for visiting the site! You can expect the video most probably in December.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters October 31, 2021 at 16:38

    Hi, Thanks for watching!
    The X7 pro will be tested soon 🙂 Subscribe to get notified!

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    Hobby Laser Cutters October 30, 2021 at 19:22

    Are they wavy just at 60% power? This is strange.
    If they are always wavy, you should check the tension of the belts on both axis and the tension of the rollers (eccentric nut). Check the manual for the appropriate setup.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters October 25, 2021 at 16:52

    Hi, check https://hobbylasercutters.com/download-test-files/ for downloading the test file.

  81. Reply
    Hobby Laser Cutters October 13, 2021 at 16:57

    Hi,
    Thanks for visiting my site.
    You can download the file here:
    https://hobbylasercutters.com/download-test-files/

  82. Reply
    Hobby Laser Cutters October 3, 2021 at 16:22

    Hi, I have added a form, so everyone can download the file:
    https://hobbylasercutters.com/download-test-files/

  83. Reply
    Hobby Laser Cutters September 30, 2021 at 16:46

    Check your email!

  84. Reply
    Hobby Laser Cutters September 24, 2021 at 08:24

    Hi,
    I have sent you the test file.

    But it is not compatible with LaserGRBL as the Lightburn uses some parameters to set the power scale to specific shapes.
    You can try it with free trial though.

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    Hobby Laser Cutters September 24, 2021 at 08:24

    Hi,
    I have sent you the test file.

    But it is not compatible with LaserGRBL as the Lightburn uses some parameters to set the power scale to specific shapes.
    You can try it with free trial though.

  86. Reply
    Hobby Laser Cutters September 4, 2021 at 16:48

    Some “soot” is normal to accumulate on the inside. But you can wipe it off. You also should clean the lens with a cotton swab every now and then. It will improve the performance.
    I sent you the lightburn file via email.

  87. Reply
    Hobby Laser Cutters August 31, 2021 at 16:09

    I will send it to you via email, as I can not attach it here.

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