February 28, 2021

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Glowforge Killer: half the price, twice the power



90W Reci W2 36×24 inches CO2 Laser Engraver and Cutter

Tool: 90W Reci W2 36×24 inches CO2 Laser Engraver and cutter machine

Guest: Mike Warren
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Mike’s books:
Cut In Half
Maker.Wild: 15 Step-By-Step Projects for the Great Outdoors
The Gadget Inventor Handbook
Dudecrafts
23 Things to Do Before You Are 11 1/2

Quotes:
“I did my homework, did the research on what’s out there in the landscape of lasers and I decided on this machine. I’ve had it for about two months and couldn’t be happier. All-in, delivered to my door, I think was $2,800, and that’s a really sweet price. But the reason I went for this kind of model over some of the more polished kind of brands that are out there is that I feel like this type of laser offers you more flexibility in what you’re able to do.

Brands like Glowforge, the Muse, Boss Laser, all have smaller form factors of their lasers but they’re also limited by the wattage. So the size of the unit will kind of dictate the power of the tube in the back. The longer the larger the tube is, that’s where the laser fires, that’s where the power comes from. So for Muse and Glowforge, those are only 40 watt machines possibly 45 watts if they juice it somehow. But that’s all you’re ever going to get out of that machine, no matter how you upgrade it, until you actually get a larger machine that can accept a larger tube.”

Mike Warren

11/6/20





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