My interest has grown rapidly since I acquired my Atomstack, now need some outside thoughts. First I am not going to be able to speed a lot of money on a Co2 laser. (retired living on SS) That being said I have a Shapeoko XXl and want to install a laser on it for the added cut area. I see that there are least two lasers that get a lot of attention. The J-Tech Photonics and Endurance which I want to investigate the capabilities of each. But really not sure what questions to ask. I tend to go big as I can afford when I get into something. The current laser was to learn and experiment on to see if I would like it. I can say I am hooked. I have added a camera, safety shielding, exhaust on the cabinet and air assist.
I know that engraving is the main focus on all the normal materials, wood, tile, metal and acrylic. Cutting is not something I have given much thought to since it doesn’t seem that above 0.125 thick material can be cut for the finances I plan on spending.
Endurance has the 10 watt while J-Tech has I think the 7 watt. (I may not have my facts right). How much power does one need to do engraving on the materials I have listed. And sitting here I wonder about slate and granite. I do plan on investigating the multiple layers of paint engraving.
How much power do i really need for these type of projects. After laser engraving a couple tile projects speed seems to be a major issue. Does more power get more speed? What do I need to consider? I appreciate any and all thoughts and suggestions. I apologize for the rambling.