Epilog Mini 24
The Epilog laser is a cutting and engraving machine. You can work with various materials such as wood, acrylic glass or cardboard. You will need to prepare a vector graphics file in the shape you want to cut and/or engrave. This machine can take material maximum size of 60 by 30 centimeters. Any vector design file needs exported to PDF file format. The machine does not cut metal, though it can engrave certain coated metals.
|Epilog Mini 24|
|Engraving Area||24" x 12" (610 x 305 mm)|
|Maximum Material Thickness||5.5" (140 mm)|
|Maximum Material Thickness with Table Removed||8" (203 mm) 23.5" x 11.75" (597 x 298 mm) engraving area.|
|Laser Wattage*||30, 40, 50, or 60 watts|
|* 40 Watts is the default in Fab Lab|
The Rotary Attachment allows you to engrave wine bottles, mugs, glasses, rolling pins, flashlights and more. view examples
More examples of laserble materials : http://www.lasercuttingshapes.com/materials
Project examples : https://www.flickr.com/photos/fablab-reykjavik/albums/72157643999728745
Articleː What is MDF : http://www.core77.com/posts/45120/What-is-Sustainable-Design-Fiberboard
Portal:Safety: NEVER let the laser machine operate unattended. Many materials have the potential to suddenly burst into flames.
How to prepare a PDF
A vector PDF can be made with either inkscape or Adobe illustrator.
- Inkscape is open source program, thus free to downloadː http://www.inkscape.org
- Illustrator is a commercial design software, which can be obtained via a licence ː http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator
How to prep in inkscapə
When your design is ready, set the page size. (menu > file > document properties)
Then select you design and open the fill & stroke menu (menu > object > fill&stroke) to define the lines.
- for cutting shapes: turn off fill, turn on stroke, set it to 255 red, and set the stroke style to 0.02 mm
- For engraving keep the fill on and set it to black, and turn the stroke off.
if objects need to be joined, first make sure it is not a group (menu > object > ungroup)
- Inkscape: Quick start guide
- Inkscape: How to convert a image to a vector (video)
- Inkscape: How to make a pressfit design (offsetting lines)