Wouldn't it be great if GF could


#1

…cut 3 mm thick Stainless Steel?

Our Kiki tool project from Kickstarter is in full production and we snagged some shots of these fresh-off-the-laser parts - thought I’d share:


(Soon to be) finished product:

Just dreaming!


#2

Wont happen in the same price point of the Glowforge…:wink:


#3

…hence the ‘just dreaming’ part!


#4


#5

what crazy kind of laser and power does it take for the metal?


#6

Just what kind of power does it take?


#7

I like your thinking.


#8

I’m sure there is a reason, but it eludes me…
spacing to prevent warping? Seems like a lot of material waste. Also loose piling the blanks like that would tend to mark that nice brushed finish.
Speaking of finish, the cut edges look perfect!


#9

“in the hopper”…

:smile:


#10

Holy smokes, that is SOME laser!


#11

Good question - will find out more tomorrow.

They go to a tool grinding shop tomorrow to set the angles on the screwdriver tip and pry bar end (which will probably mess up the nice brushed finish) - back to the cutter after for a FINAL brushed finish then off to the laser marking shop for graphics.

A lot of logistics - not my favorite way to work…


#12

For that thickness, you’d need about a ~500W fiber laser :scream:


#13

Which would easily chop off your hand…lol :confused:


#14

“No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.”


#15

It’s a 2000W CO2 with a 9’ X 12’ bed… the extra spacing is there to keep the kerfs from welding back together. Pick up has been moved to tomorrow morning - more photos then


#16

How big is that freaking tube!?


#17

How freaking huge given the inefficiency of CO2 lasers must the power bill be. I hear a good number is 20% so 2KW has me thinking it’s a 10KW draw.


#18

Hmmm…that wasn’t his hand in danger of being chopped off :grinning:


#19

I think I want one of these. I have a soft spot for diodes.


#20

As promised, here are some shots of the 2000W industrial machine that cut our 3mm stainless parts. The tube is ~8’long and it is located in the upper left hand corner, to the left of the control panel, positioned front to back…