High everyone. i am new here and this is my first post but i have been reading this forums and others as well as videos and such on laser cutters for a while now. And i am seriously considering buying a K40 from OMTech.
This would be my first “intro” laser. And i figure it is a good way to get my foot in the door. And at a later date when more money is available i can buy or build a bigger and better machine.
The issue is from what i have seen Lightburn is the best option for controlling the cutter but obviously it is not an out of the box option on s K40. So i have looked at the Cohesion option the Ruida Controller retrofit and the Mini grbl (sp?) options. And i am having trouble deciding what is best.
The Ruida seams the best controller but is complicated to install (but i could handle it) on the plus side if i build a bigger machine later it would be useable for that. So a better long term option. I see a retrofit kit with this and a few other things from Cloudray for about 315. or so.
The Cohesion bd is easy to install but cost almost as much as the Ruida (about 50-75 less)
And the cheep option being the mini controller from Auesometech for about 95.
BTW do these options keep the controls such as the test fire. button working?
-yes i know about the various suggested upgrades
-No i cant really afford to just jump up to a 2400-3200 machine at this point.
-I figure i will mostly be cutting thin wood for model buildings (1/8” or thinner) at least to start.
-I work with autocad for a living and will draw most things with that. I have LT on my computer.
-I have done CNC Autocad drawings professionally so i understand the concepts.
-I may stick my toe in the water of selling a few things once i create them for myself or my family. But i understand if that goes anywhere i will need something more powerful.
once again thank you for any advice?