Would you like to turn your 3D printer or CNC router into an ultimate laser engraving or cutting machine?
Back to 2016 Endurance has invented a way to convert your 3D printer or CNC router into a cutting or engraving machine with an Endurance 5.6 watt diode laser. The Endurance laser is the best upgrade for your current 3D printer / CNC router. An ultimate tool for your CNC machine and a 3D printer that converts it into laser cutting / engraving / etching / welding machine.
With a 5.6 watt Endurance diode laser you can engrave faster and cut deeper into materials such as: plywood, wood, acrylic, cardboard, hardboard, felt, leather, plastics such as ABS, PLA and more.
The 5.6 watt (5600 mW) diode laser is a powerful and pretty advanced laser attachment to upgrade your 3D printer or CNC router with and is able to create beautiful engravings and laser cuts. It is very easy to install and does not require any special knowledge. It can be installed on almost any 3D printer or CNC mill. If you have any issues during installation or operation, we are always available for help and assistance.
With our laser, you can engrave and cut a variety of materials such as:
plywood / wood
MDF / balsa
PLA / ABS
felt / fabric
paper / cardboard
anodized and painted aluminium
Laser Optical Power Output
5600mW ± 15%
2-10 cm (variable) for 3 element lens | 2-10 mm (variable) for G2 lens
3 element long focal lens / G2 short focal lens
Tested 48-72 hours continuous
9-16V DC (step-down DC/DC converter available upon request)
Laser driver is one of the most important component in the laser module. Laser driver controls the voltage and the current that goes to the laser diode itself. It is important so that the laser driver sets and keeps the voltage and the current stable. It keeps the laser diode safe.
We add Zener diode as an additional laser diode protection.
TTL wire / wires are also added to the laser driver. With TTL you may change laser power (duty ratio).
For 5.6 watt Endurance laser we make our own custom based laser drivers.
All Endurance drivers / laser control boards are very reliable and been tested before shipment.
Everything that you need to know about Endurance accessories.
always wear red or green goggles when you operate the laser. Remember Endurance lasers are class 4 item and must never be aimed in any live specie.
short focal lens with focal range 2-10 mm (1/10 - 2/5’’) a necessary accessory for laser cutting or laser engraving on metals.
Endurance MO1 PCB
an electronic board that allows feed the laser from external power supply (needed when your main board does not have enough power output)
variety of a different wires and connectors that will be useful when you plug the laser to your board.
aluminum mounts that will help you to hook the laser to you machine. 4 types with M3 screws: L, П, I, T.
a Z axis actuator that will help to change laser position on Z axis. Is a good option for XY plotters with no Z-axis mechanism.
an additional power supply for Endurance lasers.
an additional power supply for 10 watt laser fans.
Step down DC/DC converter
a DC/DC converter that decreases the voltage down to required 12V for Endurance lasers.
Endurance laser box
is a nice gadget (add-on) for your laser module to measure incoming voltage, outcoming voltage and current on a laser diode, laser driver module, Endurance MO1 PCB, temperature sensor and Arduino board for changing laser power.
Arduino board with an Endurance sketch
allows changing laser power (duty ratio) and a frequency of the laser. Can change the laser into impulsive mode.
additional temperature sensor for monitoring of a laser temperature.
additional voltmeter for measuring incoming voltage.
Voltmeter & ammeter
additional voltmeter & ammeter for measuring outcoming voltage and current that goes to the laser diode.
DIY checking pin kit
a full it that will help you to check pins on your board, laser power, etc.
laser addition that allows blowing the air to the place of laser cutting / laser engraving. Increases speed of a laser cutting up to 50% and reduce charring.
Peltier cooling system for better laser cooling (increases power up to 10%).
The 5.6 watt (5600 mW) diode laser is very easy to install on almost any 3D printer ande CNC mill using compatible mounts for the Prusa i3, X-carve, Creality3D CR - 10, Wanhao Duplicator i3, Ultimaker, RepRap, Magnum, Prism, Makerbot Cube, Picasso, Hercules, SolidDoodle, Original Prusa i3 MK2, BCN3D SIGMA, Form 2, PowerSpec 3D Pro, ORD Bot Hadron, Zortrax M200, Kossel, FlashForge Creator Pro, CEL Robox, FDM and others. If you have a printer not listed, please contact us and we will organise a mount for you.
Our lasers are very easy to operate using standard software and run on the existing 9-16V of your 3D printer or CNC router.
In order to create a laser engraving or a laser cut with our 5.6 watt laser all you need to do is put the piece you want to cut or engrave onto the work top. Just convert a jpeg image into a vector image and then convert it into gcode. Start the machine and enjoy watching it do its job. If you have any questions we will be happy to assist you any time. Just contact us via email or on our Facebook page.
A 5.6 watt laser can cut up to 3-6 mm (1/4'') of wood and plywood (with multi passes and sometimes require additional blowout).
Please, check the power adapter’s (voltage & current) performance. Connect the TTL wire to the 12V+ to test if the laser is working. It should work full power. Watch this video.
The laser works full power but the laser power cannot be changed
Please check the g-code parameters (S / L) used for the pin to change the power. Either your PWM does not change the duty ratio or the contact of any of the laser connectors (if you run without TTL) is broken. Check with the voltmeter and ammeter if the voltage on this pin changes. Watch a video about TTL signal. Arduino with TTL.
I did everything as described but the laser does not work
We need to see a detailed photo and video of what you have done to help you with further steps.
Sometimes 13N10 or LM338 die and need to be replaced. We will guide you how to do that.
Endurance MO1 PCB does not work
The Endurance MO1 PCB is a quite a simple circuit and works pretty stable, however, there is a simple way to check it out. (described on this page + video guidance)
How do I find a proper pin to connect the laser?
We provide an ultimate guidance and tutorials. The laser is usually connected to the fan output on 3D printers or spindle output on CNC machines or can be connected to any other pin that is controllable, such as: D11 on the Arduino Nano. Detailed pinouts you may find here.
The laser lost its power.
The probability that this might happen is 5%. It might happen due to overheating. Avoid the laser diode and laser control board overheating. Check the temperature of the heatsink or laser driver. They must not be VERY hot (if you can touch these elements and hold on – it means that the temperature is less than 70C). If the temperature rises too high we can guide you how to reduce the voltage going to the laser diode and causing the loss of power.
I am trying to cut 3-5mm plywood using the laser, however I still did not manage to cut it with a single pass. Please assist
0. use a G-2 lens for laser cutting.
1. setup a perfect focus on a G-2 lens (make sure that focal range is something like 4-8 mm)
2. make sure that a plywood is very dry (you may use a 3D printer bed to warm it up)
3. speed parameters should be 50-150 in your g-code
4. make sure that the plywood is not specially treated with anti-inflammable materials
5. make sure that the laser runs full power and you have enough power that goes to the laser
6. make sure that the lens is clean and has no dust on it.
You may cut and engrave using this diode laser
Laser cutting (5-25 passes to cut)
Laser engraving (speed ~400-500)
Wood / Plywood
Aluminum (painted and anodized)
Speed and amount of passes are really depends on material, color and even humidity.
5.6 watt (5600 mW) diode laser attachment (improvement) for any 3D printer and CNC router. Laser cutting / engraving instrument. A 5.6 watt laser is a plug-and-play device. With this laser, you can engrave and cut a variety of materials such as: plywood / wood, MDF / balsa, аcrylic, PLA / ABS, felt / fabric, paper / cardboard, hardboard, stone, glass, anodized and painted aluminium and more.
Laser cut and laser engraving pictures
New designs of the 5.6W (5600 mW) and 8W (8000 mW) Endurance lasers (released in Sep 2017)
We’d like to tell you about possibilities, which a 5.6 watt laser opens.
5.6 watt laser appearance
Can be mounted to almost any 3D printer or CNC mill.
Its main difference from 2.1 watt and 3.5 watt is inside. It has a more efficient cooling system and a more powerful solid-state diode. We use high quality NICHIA diodes with 445 nm wavelength. Another difference is the current strength demand. It draws 3 – 4 amps, while a 2.1 watt (2100 mW) and a 3.5 watt (3500 mW) lasers need only 1.7 – 2 amps with the same voltage of 9-16 volts.
Our tests showed that the laser is able to work 48-72 hours non-stop or perhaps even more.
Spotlights of the 5.6 watt laser
The 5.6 watt laser easily cuts plywood and acrylic 3-5 mm (0,1-0,2″) thick, and it even cuts plywood 8 mm (1/3″) thick with many passes (requires Z axes for that).
This fact is remarkable because a СО2 laser needs to have more than 60-80 watt to cut plywood this thickness.
The ability to cut 8 mm plywood and 5 mm acrylic allows solving a lot of customers’ practical tasks. You may create beautiful masterpieces.
It should be mentioned that the same materials in different environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, etc.) might require different parameters of cutting. The color and transparency of the material matter.
The content below shows the tested materials and cutting parameters of the 5.6 watt diode laser.
Please note that when cutting plastic, acrylic and PVC you need to use the hood or work in a ventilated area to avoid poisoning with harmful gases, such as chlorine.
It should be specified that these data are approximate, as there are many varieties of material.
Parameters for laser cutting using 5.6 watt Endurance laser.
Regular long focal lens with focal range 2-10 cm (1-4’’)
2 mm (1/12’’)
3 mm (1/8’’)
4 mm (1/6’’)
Short focal lens G2 with focal range 5 mm (1/5’’)
2 mm (1/12’’)
3 mm (1/8’’)
4 mm (1/6’’)
5 mm (1/5’’)
Laser cuts are made using 5.6 watt (5600 mW) Endurance laser
We used a few kinds of three-ply. Though all ply samples looked absolutely the same we obtained different results.
You can not just cut plywood, wood and acrylic with the 5.6 watt laser but you can also make work pieces for bread boards (on copper-plated glass fiber plastic) and for aluminum engraving.
The laser fits not just for cutting but for engraving as well. We wrote about it in our early articles.
Lasers are compatible with any CNC machines, plotters and 3D printers and are easy to install.
Our customers make & share.
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Special laser mount
(Made by our customer)
Samples of engraving and cutting
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Very efficient and reliable laser controller board.
Compatible mounts with most 3D printer / CNC machines.
Adjustable laser power.
Preset and tested laser focus.
Protection of the laser diode.
Better laser focusing.
Add accessory for your laser
– Air pump for cleaner cutting and engraving (less charring).
– Arduino for changing a duty ratio (laser power) and frequency (periods of on/off position).
– TEC cooling system for better laser cooling (increases power up to 10%).
– Additional metal mounts (easier to hook and mount).
– Additional laser connectors (all compatible mounts for main board).
– Temperature sensor allows to control laser temperature.
– Wi-Fi camera allows to monitor laser working remotely.
– Voltmeter + ammeter allows to monitor laser power consumption in a real time.
– Additional step down DC/DC converter allows to run the laser if your board has more than 12V power output.
– Endurance MO1 PCB allows to feed the laser from external power source
– G2 short focal lens for quick and convenient laser cutting.
– Kit for checking a proper pinouts.
Endurance provides the best tech support for our customers.
Your safety and security is our top priority. All Endurance lasers are shipped with protective goggles. Operating lasers wearing protective goggles is secure and harmless.
However, if you want an additional protection you may add an acrylic plate or window to your 3D printer or CNC router. It should be made out of black, green or red acrylic. It will not let the laser light go out and will make laser working more comfortable.
Our mission. Our goal. Our philosophy.
Our mission is to build and offer the best laser attachments for 3D printer and CNC machine enthusiasts and makers by providing an ultimate customer support and the most advanced technical solution.
Our goal is to make laser technology affordable, easy to use and practical by developing more solutions which will meet the market expectation.
We believe that lasers may be used not only in an industrial sector but also in every home and can be useful for anyone. The combination of a laser and a 3D printer or CNC machine allows to make absolutely incredible things which can personalize any item. Our powerful lasers will allow making things with one’s own hands as easy as it has never been in the past. Making new things for home, business will save a lot of time and money in future. Laser technologies are very much undervalued and underestimated due to low public awareness. We help to explain and expand abilities of lasers by making different experiments and making video footages that will inspire more and more people to think, create and explore.
Keywords: 3D printer, plug-and-play device, plywood / wood, MDF / balsa, аcrylic, PLA / ABS, felt / fabric, paper / cardboard, hardboard, stone, glass, anodized and painted aluminium, diode laser.
Key concepts: laser engraving, cutting on materials, 3d printer accessory, 3d printer add-on, 3d printer improvement.
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