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]