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CO2 Laser Development Update Log 1

We’re thrilled to share an update on the progress of our CO2 laser project – introducing the UltraBeam! After nearly a year of development in CO2 laser technology, we’re eager to share what we have accomplished and what we’re currently working on.

Understanding CO2 Laser Technology

The UltraBeam combines CO2 laser technology with a CNC platform, offering precision and versatility. Like a CNC router, it uses computer control, but instead of traditional tools, it employs a CO2 laser beam for cutting and engraving materials with exceptional accuracy. This integration enhances its capabilities, making it a powerful tool for various applications.

UltraBeam Specifications: Redefining Speed, Precision, and Power

At the core of the UltraBeam lies its potent CO2 laser, boasting an impressive optical power of 75W. Surpassing typical diode lasers, this power ensures swift operations, with a maximum speed of 600mm per second. Coupled with its spacious work area of 24 inches by 36 inches, the UltraBeam accelerates project completion and broadens the scope of potential applications.

Imagine the UltraBeam moving at ten times the speed of your average CNC router. This feat is achieved through meticulous optimization of its mechanics, resulting in remarkable agility and accuracy. Experience consistently smooth and precise outcomes with every use, setting new standards in speed and precision.

V1 Prototype

Achieving Consistency Through Rigorous Testing

Before the UltraBeam arrives at your workshop, we’ve undertaken a series of meticulous testing procedures to ensure unparalleled performance and reliability:

Focus Consistency: Meticulous checks to ensure the laser maintains uniform focus across the entire working bed, guaranteeing consistent results regardless of project size or complexity.

Mirror Alignment: Precise alignment of mirrors is crucial for accurate laser targeting. We rigorously test and fine-tune this process to ensure optimal performance.

System Reliability: Stress tests under various operating conditions are conducted to ensure the UltraBeam operates reliably and consistently over time, meeting the demands of your projects.

Regulatory Compliance: Adherence to regulatory standards set by bodies like FCC, FDA, and the European Union is paramount. Rest assured, the UltraBeam will meet all safety and quality standards.

Pre-Production Design Changes

In the pre-production phase, we’re considering several key design changes. One significant decision revolves around the choice between a moving glass tube and a fixed glass tube for our laser system. We’re leaning towards the moving glass tube option due to its potential to facilitate easier laser focusing for end-users.

Y-Axis Speed Considerations

In the context of CO2 lasers, high speed in the Y-axis is optional, as raster engraving heavily utilizes only one axis. The X-axis, being lightweight, is already well-suited for this purpose.

Shipping Priorities

When evaluating the shipping implications of both glass tube options, our primary concern is to prevent any damage to the glass tubes during transit. This consideration takes precedence above all others.

Beam System Enclosure

We’re exploring the possibility of enclosing the beam system. This not only enhances safety but also has the potential to improve cutting performance by minimizing airborne particulates that could interfere with the beam path.

Selection of Linear Bearings

Selecting appropriate linear bearings is another crucial aspect of our design process. These bearings are vital in ensuring smooth and precise movement within the system.

Design for Pre-Assembly and Packaging

One of our main focuses is on designing for pre-assembly and packaging efficiency. However, fitting all components into a single box poses a significant challenge. We may need to ship certain components in separate boxes to accommodate the system’s complexity.

Maintaining Alignment During Transit

A key concern is ensuring that the alignment of mechanics and the mirror/beam system remains intact during transit and handling. This will require careful consideration and possibly additional protective measures to safeguard against any potential misalignment issues.

What’s on the Horizon?

Our goal is to make high-quality laser technology accessible to all users at an affordable price point. We’re diligently addressing design refinements based on received feedback and conducting more testing. We aim to commence pre-orders by the end of summer, with pricing anticipated to range from USD 2,000 to USD 2,500.

Join Us on the UltraBeam Journey

Stay tuned for our next update on the ongoing evolution of the UltraBeam prototype and any progress made toward a more pre-production-ready unit! We’d love for you to join us on this exciting R&D journey, and we’re eager to hear your thoughts. Please take a moment to share your insights through our quick survey. If you’re interested in staying up to date with the UltraBeam development process, feel free to sign up for our email newsletter. For more information on the UltraBeam, click the button below.