Normally I don’t write much about other companies’ products, but I’m making an exception because this is so interesting. Full Spectrum is shaking the bugs out of a prototype laser design, the Full Spectrum Muse. This will replace their old laser, the Hobby Series Gen 5.
Everything below is second hand from a few of the Full Spectrum sales reps who visited us to chat, so please take this with a big grain of salt!
- The Muse has a new outer shell - you can see a bit of what it looks like in Full Spectrum’s Youtube wrapup of the Maker Faire Bay Area show:
- The Muse has the same laser and power supply as the Hobby 5th Gen it is obsoleting.
- It adds a camera; you can use it to take a series of pictures and assemble an image of the whole bed.
- They’ve changed the extruded rails to fix some problems with alignment and precision on the Hobby Laser.
- It uses a “Beaglebone” hobbyist control board that can be removed, repurposed, and replaced. They’ll let you put this board in the old hobby laser too, if you have one.
- The software is the “RE” printer driver for Windows that they have used before with their hobby laser.
- It has a touch screen to configure it, start and stop it, view status, etc.
Full Spectrum said they planned to launch the Muse this past July - they haven’t updated that date since it passed so I don’t know the latest, but hopefully it’s coming soon. It’s great to see innovation in the laser business, and we’re excited for their product to ship.
In the meantime, any corrections to this are welcome, and if any of you have had a chance to try one out, please reply here and let everyone know how it went!
EDIT: First review is out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEF6k-Zsl5A&feature=youtu.be