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Old 03-23-2015, 04:25 PM
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Micromark has just recently begun selling this particular model but I've been watching small units suitable for home
use drop in price along with 3d printers. They are rife on ebay.

http://www.micromark.com/microlux-la...ine,11921.html

Very interesting times.

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Jerry ...
Very interesting times indeed. When I was a kittle kid ---- OK, big fat kid ---- I had a neighbor who built models. Ships mostly. He had some high tech equipment too. A new $4 Case pocket knife and sandpaper. It was amazing what he could whittle out of a piece of pine 2X4 with that knife. In 50 years we might be able to sit in a room full of gizmos and just think of a tank we want and the gizmos will start buzzing and clicking and producing a tank based on our brain waves. I'm gonna think of British stuff.
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This unit looks very promising. Hopefully a metal cutting version is being developed/available?
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I believe many of them will cut thin brass or aluminum but the sheet needs to
be coated with a non reflective coating first. Anodized aluminum doesn't need
a coating.

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Brass is commonly done by chemical etching, texturizing and clean through. Never seen it done with a lazer but that would be cool.
The hardest part about the technology of laser cuters and 3d printers is you need to be very competant in designing your stuff on CAD or your stuck getting others to do the computer work for you.
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Amazon has several versions listed for about $600. The reviews indicate that you need very good programing debugging skills and many people are having to spend a lot of time tightening and adjusting parts to get them to work right. A few people reported having to spend a lot of money on after market parts to get the precision they were looking for. Sounds like RC tanking to me. jot
I will add that these units are less then a third the price of the Micro Mark and a number of people were quite happy with the units after they got everything sorted out.

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Originally Posted by RichJohnson View Post
Brass is commonly done by chemical etching, texturizing and clean through. Never seen it done with a lazer but that would be cool.
The hardest part about the technology of laser cuters and 3d printers is you need to be very competant in designing
your stuff on CAD or your stuck getting others to do the computer work for you.
Originally Posted by Merganser View Post
Amazon has several versions listed for about $600. The reviews indicate that you need
very good programing debugging skills and many people are having to spend a lot of time tightening and adjusting
parts to get them to work right. A few people reported having to spend a lot of money on after market parts
to get the precision they were looking for. Sounds like RC tanking to me. jot
These are good and valid comments but the difficulty in using CAD programs would likely be also true when using the 3d printers everyone is
clamoring over. I suppose my point is these newer techniques will all likely require the buyer to learn a new skill.

It's why I don't break a leg getting a CNC lathe or mill; I don't feel like learning programming for my hobby. I've spent 32 years as a software developer
from mainframes to mid range and PCs and I still want to keep my hobby brain dead for the most part. Perhaps the next great development will be to be able to
plant new skills in our brains without spending a year learning them! Now THAT would be cool...

Jerry

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