This longer than usual post will explain some of the features of the Beam Buddy High resolution laser head. There is a common misconception that it is for engraving only.
The head will also work for cutting, provided the material is 3mm in thickness or less.
One of the things it excels at is cutting veneer for inlays. The kerf it leaves is so small that using kerf offsets is not required.
We have tested the head in cutting 3mm MDF and on the test machine we were able to increase the speed from 12mm/s to 20mm/s due the the high beam power density the high resolution laser head produces.
Of course it is primarily an engraving head and ca produce exceptional quality and detail up to 1954 dpi. I am including a few pictures of sample engravings done using a 100W CO2 laser.
Here are the full specifications of the Beam Buddy high resolution laser head:
Spaced lenses prevent overheating and lens damage that other compound lens systems are susceptible to
Silicon washers under retaining rings to prevent damaging lenses
Custom manufactured 20mm diameter USA CVD ZnSe AR coated lenses from ii-vi infrared rated for 150W
All aluminum construction with blue anodized finish
3mm focal length from bottom of cap
Variable air assist valve
Maximum resolution of 1954dpi on anodized aluminum
Easy swap from stock to Beam Buddy and back again
Can be used to cut materials up to 3mm in thickness, great for doing inlays
The head is available at :