Day 251: “Lasers”

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September 7, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

If you’ve been paying attention, you might have noticed the abundance of tools now at your fingertips.  More people are doing more things thanks to smaller, more efficient, more powerful and less expensive technologies and tools, and to the network of shared knowledge.  Things once reserved for large institutions with big budgets, facilities and expert staff are now within the reach of almost any household (or at least your local hackerspace).  Today’s project is the next phase in the evolution of independent, decentralized, personal production.

FullSpectrum has designed a tabletop laser costing about the same as a new Macbook Pro.  Maker’s rejoice.×12-laser-cutter-engraver-assembled-i

There is a 20″x12″ work area, high quality (metal terminal) 40w CO2 LASER tube and precision CNC made hardware to deliver never before seen quality at this level of affordability.  The precision built mirror mounts reduce the need for post factory alignment.  The beam combiner is also built in standard at the #1 mirror.  Novel sliding lens holder and removable floor allow materials of any size to be placed beneath the LASER.

Doing it yourself has never been more possible – more accessible, more affordable and easier – than it is now.  We’ll probably be saying the same thing tomorrow.  And hopefully the day after that.  Pledge your support for a movement of making – a movement for and of and by makers – by backing FullSpectrum’s new laser cutter on Kickstarter before September 9.


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