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MRJ-LASER | Ten common problems of laser engraving machine
Jan 29, 2018

For the long-term use of laser engraving machine industry, or DIY enthusiasts, contact laser engraving always encounter some problems more or less. For different materials, laser engraving of the parameters and the use of methods are also different. So, how to adjust these in order to achieve the desired effect? This issue brings you ten laser engraving is the top ten frequently asked questions, for different materials and machines to use to provide advice to everyone.

1. Some solid wood, hardwood carving advice?

When carving hard wood, we suggest to cover the surface of the wood, which will reduce the penetration of residue into the carved area for easy cleaning.

Use "bottom to top" engraving mode. In our laser software RDwork which can change the working mode of the laser head, you can make your bottom-up carving, rather than the usual carving from top to bottom. The benefit of doing this is to reduce the amount of fumes and debris drawn into the engraving area as the laser head moves.

After carving, use some glue to clean it. Because hardwood gums are black when burned at high temperatures.

Is it really possible to carve glass? What are the skills?

The first thing to know is that not all of the glass is flat. Although you may think you need to buy some more expensive and upscale glass for better results, this is not really the case. We have a lot of customers using wholesale glassware to carve, but the carving effect is also very good.


2. For engraving glass we give you some suggestions:

Using a lower resolution, about as long as 300DPI can get better results;

Change the black color in the graphic to 80% black to improve the engraving quality.

We found that laying a piece of wet tissue on the glass helps to dissipate heat and improve engraving quality, but make sure the paper is not wrinkled.

Apply a thin layer of soap to the area to be carved using your finger or tissue, which also helps dissipate heat;

Use ScotchBrite or similar to polish the engraved area to remove glass shards.


3. In plywood (plywood) or light wood carving need to pay attention to what?

This material is more suitable for cutting applications rather than carving, because the plywood texture may be uneven, and there are different layers of glue. And when you want to carve it, the material is very important, uneven, or particularly large amount of glue, especially few will affect the carving effect. Of course, if you find good quality plywood, carving effect is still very good, such as wood engraving.


4. I would like to expand my business to leather, will this be difficult?

Laser engraving or cutting leather can be, but we also have many customers in the industry, want to customize wallet, handbag LOGO.


5. What is the best setting for carving artificial leather?

It will depend on your machine and wattage, but where you can find the laser datasheet at Leuven Laser's website. If in doubt, you can start testing yourself at relatively high speed and low power. Because of this, as long as you do not move your material, you can engrave again until you get the effect you want.


6. I hate wasting material. Laser engraving machine can make use of waste what relatively cool items?

Using waste is a very good idea, not only to create new projects, but also to use waste to test more challenging carvings such as photos. We have seen many customers use waste to make a variety of things, such as small acrylic lighting signs, accessories, labels and more.


7. Do I have an Apple computer that can use my Rayleigh laser engraver?

Our system can run Windows-based design software, and most of our customers choose CAD and CorelDRAW. MAC computers can not connect directly to our system, but you can install virtual machines to run windows and use our machines.


8. How to properly maintain my machine? How long should I clean my Nova35 or Nova24?

Thundelaser provides a maintenance plan that lists the items to be maintained and the frequency of performing maintenance, as described in detail in our user manual. The main maintenance items: one is the cleaning of the machine; the other is the cleaning of optical lenses. Cleaning the optics helps to ensure that the laser produces the most accurate engraving and cutting results.


9. Can I use the laser engraving machine to do the apparel investment?

Definitely. Lei Yu laser machine can cut and carve all kinds of textiles directly. We have many users in the carved jeans, hollow fabrics and so on.