I’ve got a Creality Falcon Laser - got it running with LB on a Mac AFTER updating the firmware on the Falcon Laser. It’s a 5W diode laser (I’m sure that’s input power - output probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.6W?)
I’ve been testing, and doing “burn grids” that show power/speed grids. Seems it has a fairly narrow range doing that on wood. Either too light to see, or slowing it down or pushing up the power much more leaves burns (sometimes clear through). I’ve got some anodized aluminum - it certainly burns off the anodizing fairly easy, but doesn’t burn the aluminum. Have some ceramic tiles I haven’t been able to test yet, along with cork coasters, etc. Just a variety of materials to see what I need to do. I will say burning a design on bamboo cutting board or something similar worked VERY well. I only used 1 pass, probably should have done 2.
I’m a bit concerned about what seems to be the narrow range burning on wood, and just what else to expect. WAY too many times, anything you find on YT just tells you “how”, and sometimes it tells you the equipment, sometimes that’s a bit suspect.
So for those who have used lower wattage lasers - what could you actually do, and at generally what settings? I’ve tried things more in the “slower” speeds - like 50-500mm sec, and anywhere from 0% to 100% power, but if it’s “just a burn” of an outlined image - more like 60% at around 300-400mm sec.
I also know that using the laser at higher wattages, or for longer is going to shorten the life of the laser. While I’m sure not very many yet have this hardware - any idea on roughly how long to expect this to laser to last?