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CNC vs Laser. Which Should You Get First?

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Comparing the pros and cons of CNC routers and laser cutters Brought to you by Squarespace. For 10% off your first purchase, go to: http://squarespace.com/makesomething

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  1. Darn you! Now I'm thinking a stepcraft is the only way to go! It does both!!! LOL. And much more! Imagine if they had a router to laser automated tool head switcher. OMG! Ok, saving for the Stepcraft! Think I'll just buy a cheapy laser engraver in the meanwhile. Stepcraft setup I want will run into 5k by the time I'm done with the laser head and other accessories! GREAT VIDEO! Very good comparison. THank you!

  2. If you are using a vacuum table, then you should use foam gasket to hold your parts down. Route your part into the mdf table and gasket the inside of the cut lines. You can then drill vacuum holes into the board. When finished you can use cork to plug the holes and move onto the next job. Use at least a 7,000 spindle speed to 12,000 max spindle speed for acrylic and polycarbonate. Mdf cuts good at about 6,500 spindle speed. If it’s 1/2 inch thick you’ll need multiple passes for a cleaner edge.

  3. small or big waste of money mon small yes i did do shopsabre23 there smallest cnc but just right what i need when i make the money from it ill buy there bigger one nevr buy the smallest thing cause you have hrs to put together its a kit not mine

  4. From ur experience, What is the power required to cut through 4mm Gasket paper and ability to etch Aluminium if we are going for fiber laser ? Thanks

  5. The short answer to "should I get the CNC Router or CNC Laser Cutter?" is both… allow me to explain. The Stepcraft M-1000 pictured at 0:23 can do both… you can have a nice 2 x 4 desktop CNC with an ATC and awesome gantry clearance AAAND Stepcraft also sells the Laser module, the 3D printer module, the tangential knife module, the drawing/pen module… etc for the same machine.

  6. Is this really even a comparison? The two tools are so different. Its like asking do you get a plasma cutter or lathe, I mean, wtf, its not even same category.
    Any mechanical engineer would laugh their heads off if you asked them to compare the two. Why not instead do a video on water jet, laser, plasma and wire cutters? All of these are 2D cutting technologies with actual comparable metrics and applications. A CNC router is used to create 3D/semi-3D topography (say like a cavity for a bracket or hinge), a laser cutter is for cutting or surface etching only.
    No one in the industry would ever be actually deciding between the two. No one.

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