I’ve been looking into laser cutters for a while. I’ve read though tons of forum posts and discussions trying to become as informed as possible about the capabilities and the risks associated with laser cutters. One of the major hazards is fire inside the machine. Most of the materials that can be cut with a co2 laser cutter are at least some what flamible and when mixed with a laser there is an obvious fire potential.
My concern is that all of the reasonably high powered machines I’ve seen have metal enclosures which provides some amount of protection to the machine and enviroment. The GF housing appears to be plastic. With a plastic housing it seems that even a small fire could do significant damage to the structure of the machine, depending on how its constructed, and worst case the whole thing could go up. I don’t mean to be alarmist, but we are talking about a bringing a pretty serious price of equipment into a home environment.
I’d like to get GF’s take on this and any innovative saftey measures that may be in the works.