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Micro Laser Engraver $64

ercoerco Posts: 19,180
Tempting at just $64 on clearance. They call it mini, but I'd say micro since the print area is just 38mm x 38mm. Amazing that they can sell a complete unit (not a kit AFAIK) at that price. Start your own keychain business! Make custom robot hubcaps!

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/neje-jz-5-500mw-usb-diy-engraver-printer.html
"When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

- Pablo Picasso

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  • PublisonPublison Posts: 10,192
    edited June 8 Vote Up0Vote Down
    erco wrote: »
    Tempting at just $64 on clearance. They call it mini, but I'd say micro since the print area is just 38mm x 38mm. Amazing that they can sell a complete unit (not a kit AFAIK) at that price. Start your own keychain business! Make custom robot hubcaps!

    https://hobbyking.com/en_us/neje-jz-5-500mw-usb-diy-engraver-printer.html
    However it is not suitable for engraving metal, aluminum or acrylic.
    
    (Isn't Aluminium metal?)
    At ~1000 grams, doesn't even make a good boat anchor. :)
    Infernal Machine
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,180
    But you could make (engrave) a good boat anchor image on a tiny part.

    Provided it isn't metal, aluminum or acrylic. :)

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi)Phil Pilgrim (PhiPi) Posts: 21,968
    edited June 8 Vote Up0Vote Down
    They include laser-block glasses, but I cringe at the safety issues with this little unit. It's not just the laser light (blue instead of IR), but also the unvented fumes. But I guess if people can be trained not to look at the sun during an eclipse (with one notable exception), they can remember to don their safety glasses and not inhale the fumes.

    -Phil
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • I'm thinking of getting one of these to engrave on sticks of chewing gum. I'm serious.
  • Mmmmm! Smoked chicle fumes! :)

    -P.
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,180
    I'm thinking of getting one of these to engrave on sticks of chewing gum. I'm serious.

    Very cool idea! Would be a neat promo item, except for handling (AKA tampering) with the sealed sticks of gum.
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,180
    My girls could engrave my photo on the cookies they sell!

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
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