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Imagine this: how cool would it be if you had a printer-like device that could “print” a picture from your computer onto a piece of marble tile, a slab of wood, or even a sheet of plate glass?  You don’t have to imagine: Epilog makes all kinds of laser etching and engraving equipment, and their smallest and most affordable model — the Mini 18 — would easily fit in your shop.

As the name implies, the Mini 18 will limit you a bit.  The work area is 18” x 12” and holds materials up to 6″ tall.  It includes a red dot pointer that shows you where the invisible laser is on the work piece, an air assist which directs a stream of compressed air to dissipate any fumes and heat, and a vacuum hold-down table to keep your workpiece steady.  The laser also has an auto focus feature that focuses the laser to its smallest diameter at the point where it hits the workpiece — regardless of the height.

So, if you’ve got a spare $10,000, you can start engraving pens, tools, and anything else.  Or you could buy a hell of a full wood shop.  Or you could send it to Toolmonger.  We’re just sayin’.

The laser engraver is made in USA.

Mini 18 Small Format Laser System [Epilog]

 

5 Responses to It’s Just Cool: Epilog Mini 18 Laser Engraver

  1. Dude, these things are fun!!!
    We have a Epilog Helix 24 60W and just recently picked up the rotary attachment. We use it for plate engraving, but I use it to cut acrylic templates and jigs for the shop. Tech support at Epilog is very friendly.

  2. That’s so cool… What else have you done?
    Can you upload some pictures of what you’ve done with it to the Toolmonger Flickr Pool?

  3. Eric Dykstra says:

    I want one of these so bad.

    If any one else is thinking about buying one for your self check out Adafruit’s site. They are a open source laser etching business in NYC. http://tinyurl.com/yre8og they’ll tell you how to start out.

    I’ve thought it would be cool to have a mobile laser etching business. Mount the etcher in a van and go to businesses and conferences offering the service. Might be too niche, but hey aren’t failed businesses tax deductible? right?

  4. Bryan Brown says:

    These things are wicked cool. It’s worth it going to the website and requesting the info packet. They send you a couple amazine carved small pieces with DVD etc. For free that is.

    I sincerely lust for one.

  5. Iam looking for laser machine cutting and engraving
    for small pieces of gold send me some information about this machine pleas
    Iam samer and the price

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