Sienci LaserBeam Laser System – Preorder

From: $460.00

The Sienci LaserBeam is a powerful, high-quality, plug-and-play laser system for the LongMill. The LaserBeam is specifically designed to get you up and cutting burning with your CNC machine in minutes.

The LaserBeam is designed, tested, and made in-house in Waterloo, ON.

Please note that this is a pre-order for the laser system. Pre-orders are currently in the manufacturing stage and are expected to ship by the end of 2021

All laser systems come with a G2 lens & safety glasses. Additional lenses & extra safety glasses can be purchased below or if you wish to order more than one of each lens, please check out https://sienci.com/product/laser-accessories/

 

$60.00 each

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Description

The Sienci LaserBeam is a powerful, high-quality, plug-and-play laser system for the LongMill.

The LaserBeam allows LongMill users to add a laser to their machine quickly and easily. Our LaserBeam uses high-quality components to offer a full 7 watts of power to cut and engrave materials. And of course, the LaserBeam comes with fantastic support from our technical support team.

Each system comes with:

  • Laser module
  • Laser driver
  • Safety glasses
  • G2 focusing lens
  • Power supply
  • Mounting hardware for the LongMill

Additional add-ons, such as laser safety glasses and lenses can be purchased here.

Materials

The LaserBeam can engrave and cut thinner materials with incredible accuracy, such as on wood, paper, leather, and plastics. The LaserBeam has been tested to cut up to 1/4″ on softwoods.

 

True 7-watt power

The LaserBeam offers full 7 watts of cutting power. Unlike other lasers in the market that list their power rating based on their peak pulse power that claim the same or higher power ratings, the LaserBeam can cut at 7 watts continuously.

 

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 10 × 10 in

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 3 × 3 in

Weight .1 lbs
Dimensions 0.25 × 0.25 × 0.25 in

Weight 0.1 lbs
Dimensions 0.25 × 0.25 × 0.25 in

Weight .1 lbs
Dimensions 0.25 × 0.25 × 0.25 in

Weight .1 lbs
Dimensions 0.25 × 0.25 × 0.25 in

Technical Specifications

 

Laser Diode

Operating Current 4.5 @ 25°C
Threshold Current 150 – 350mA
Operating Voltage 3.7 – 5.2V @ 2.3A
Optical Output Power 7W+
Wavelength 445nm
Package TO-5
Estimated Lifespan  10,000 hours
Storage Temperature -40°C – 85°C
Operating Temperature 0 – 60°C

 

Laser Driver

Current Source Range 0 – 5 Amps
Current Limit Dip Switch Settings 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Amps
Compliance Voltage with 12V Adapter 8V
Current Adjustment analog trim pot
100 – 240 VAC 100 – 240 VAC
Minimum Control Signal ”Turn On” Voltage 2.8V
Control Signal Maximum Voltage 5V
Operating Temperature 0 to 40 °C
Storage Temperature -40 to 70 °C

 

Safety Glasses

Protection Range 200-500 nm
Optical Density within Protection Range OD 7+
Transmittance 30%

Add-ons

Safety Glasses

Laser safety glasses are a must for the safe operation of the LaserBeam and other laser equipment. These laser safety glasses are tested for use with “blue lasers” with a wavelength of 445nm and offer an optical density of OD 7+.

Safety Glasses

Protection Range 200-500 nm
Optical Density within Protection Range OD 7+
Transmittance 30%
 

Laser Focusing Lenses

  Every laser system comes with a G2 lens. Other lenses can add additional focusing options for your laser.

Focal length

When we talk about focal length for focusing the laser, we are talking about the point where the beam of the laser is at its finest. This is the most optimal point for cutting and engraving as it allows the full power of the laser to be concentrated at the finest point. Depending on your lens, your focal point can vary from very close (30mm) to very far (85mm). A lens with a long focal length works best for high precision engraving and uneven materials, as the beam’s diameter varies less over its distance, whereas a lens with a shorter focal length loses less power over the distance it travels from the diode to the material, making it better for cutting and high power applications.

Efficiency

Some of the power from the laser diode is lost as it reflects off or passes through the lens as well as when it passes through the air. Depending on the lens design, the number of lens elements it has, and the amount of distance the laser beam needs to travel through the air (based on its focal length), the overall efficiency of the lens can vary.

G2 Lens (30mm focal length)

The G2 Lens boasts an efficiency of  95% but reduced precision by increasing the beam profile and divergence. This lens maximizes the power of the diode, ideal for rapid close-range burning and cutting.

G7 Lens (85mm focal length)

The G7 lens has an 88% efficiency and long focal length. This lens strikes a balance between the precision of the 3-element and the power output of the G2, this lens serves as an exceptional all-around option.

G8 Lens (70mm focal length)

The G8 has a 90% efficiency and offers similar advantages to the G7 lens with a slightly shorter focal length.

3 Element Lens (65mm focal length)

The 3 element lens offers a tight beam with a clean profile at the cost of some output power, running at an efficiency of 70%. This lens also has a long focal length, and low divergence; making it a great precision lens.

 

Safety

Safety

The LaserBeam and any other laser device can cause harm to you or others. Ensure that you follow these safety guidelines

Never let the laser run unattended

Ensure that you have a fire suppression system such as a fire extinguisher nearby in case of a fire. Never leave your laser unattended. Ensure that your laser is turned off when not in use.

Ensure proper ventilation

Use the laser in a well-ventilated environment. Fumes and particulates from cutting or engraving can be harmful. We recommend having a fume extraction system or having an open door or window to provide ventilation.

Wear Eye Protection

Wear compatible laser safety goggles or glasses. Not wearing appropriate eye protection may cause permanent eye damage.

The FDA recommends no more than 5 mw to avoid eye damage. The glasses sold are rated for 0.007 mw or over 700 times better at reducing laser exposure significantly more than the minimum requirement.

Cut only laser safe materials

Never cut materials that can generate toxic fumes or are dangerous to cut, such as

  • PVC
  • ABS
  • Vinyl
  • Fiberglass

Integrated Driver Safety Features

Key Switch: This key is needed to enable the laser. Once the key switch is turned on, the laser is enabled and the key cannot come out. Only when the driver is off can You can only remove the key.

Remote Interlocks: This allows for additional switches to be added to the laser. An E-stop or other system can be implemented to shut the laser down in the case of an emergency.

Power Fault Protection: If the driver ever loses power the laser will turn off. In case of a power outage, you can have peace of mind knowing that the laser is off whenever power returns.

Emission Indicator: The small LED on the LaserBeam driver will notify you if the laser is on. This becomes useful if operating outside the visible light spectrum

Laser Use

What you Need to Operate the LaserBeam

  1. LongMill or GRBL based CNC machine with PWM output
  2. Laser Module 
    1. Laser diode
    2. Copper heatsink
    3. Aluminum heatsink
    4. Lens 
    5. Lens spring
    6. Lens focus ring
    7. Cooling fan
    8. Laser mounting bracket
  3. Laser Driver
    1. 5A constant current driver 
    2. 12v 7A driver power supply
    3. Laser diode extension cable
    4. Cooling fan extension cable
    5. Signal wire extension cable 
  4. Software
    1. Design Software (CAD)
      1. Inkscape: Free
      2. Adobe Illustrator: Paid
    2. G-Code Generating Software (CAM)
      1. LaserGRBL: Free
      2. Lightburn: Paid
    3. Machine Interface
      1. G-sender (beta)
      2. Universal Gcode Sender (UGS)
      3. CNCjs

How to Use

  1. The Laser attachment mounts to the side or front of your Longmill Router Mount with M5 hardware 
  2. Run the laser diode and module fan wires through your drag chains for proper wire management
  3. Connect your laser and fan to the proper connectors, connect the other ends to your driver 
  4. Turn your driver on
  5. Connect your driver to the spindle/ground inputs on your Longboard
  6. Put your machine interface software in laser mode and confirm all EEPROM settings are properly set
  7. Put on your laser safety goggles 
  8. Set your focus height using the focus height setters included with your lenses
  9. Fire your laser with 5% power and focus the lens of your laser until the spot is as small as it can be
  10. Use software to generate your laser Gcode file 
  11. Load Gcode file into your machine interface software
  12. Fire your laser with 5% power, move your laser to your project start point, reset your zero and begin your job

FAQ

Why does the LaserBeam exist?

We created the LaserBeam to tackle several issues our users have had with using other laser systems with their machines:

Inconsistent performance

Many low-cost lasers advertise a high laser power, but these ratings only show the peak power of the laser module, or laser modules are using lower rated diodes that have been overclocked to output higher wattages. This results in a lower lifespan of the lasers, as well as inconsistent cutting and engraving power.

The LaserBeam is designed, tested, and rated for continual use rated at 7 watts, which means you can expect high performance and consistent results every time.

Lack of support

Many users have found that the lack of resources and support from laser suppliers has made it difficult to set up their lasers properly.

The LightBurn is plug-and-play for LongMills, as well as with additional resources and technical support to make adding a laser simple.

Can I use the laser for machines other than the LongMill?

At the time of writing, the LaserBeam system has only been tested on the LongMill. We cannot guarantee that this system will work with other devices.  However, we are planning to test compatibility with other CNC machines and systems in the future. Users that are interested in tinkering with the laser should be able to make the LaserBurn compatible with most GRBL based CNC machines and 3D printers using the TTL/PWM input system.  

When will the Laser ship?

Pre-orders are expected to ship before the end of 2021. Want email notifications about the project? Subscribe below.

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When do you take payment for the laser?

Payment is taken immediately when you place your pre-order.

What does my LaserBeam order come with?

Your order will come with the laser module, electronics, and hardware to attach it to your LongMill. The LaserBeam also comes with resources and guides to help you set and learn to use the laser.

Can I cancel my pre-order?

You can cancel your order with no penalty any time before your order ships. Please contact us with your order number and a request to make a cancellation. A refund will be processed through your original method of payment.

What software do I need?

The laser will be compatible with any GRBL based machine interface software that has a laser/spindle PWM control mode like gSender/UGS/CNCjs

We also recommend checking out these softwares that allow for creating gcode for laser cutting:

How thick of material can I cut?

We’ve tested the laser to cut up to 6mm or 1/4″ soft woods.

Do the Safety Goggles fit over regular glasses?

Yes they do, we cannot confirm that they will fit every frame type with every face type but it will accommodate most. 

How much will the LaserBeam cost after the Pre-order phase?

The price of the laser will remain the same: $400 CAD after the pre-order is over, the only change will be the safety goggles will cost an additional $60 CAD. 

Warranty

Warranty

The LaserBeam has a 90 day warranty once it’s received.

We want you to have a great experience with our products, so if any parts are found to be missing or damaged, please email us. We will ensure that you receive the support you need to restore your LaserBeam to operating condition or provide a full or partial refund.

You may cancel an order or pre-order if it has not shipped yet, please contact us if you wish to do so. We do not offer returns for LaserBeams that have already shipped.

General Warranty and Limits of Service:

Throughout this policy the words “we”, “us” and “our”, or “Sienci Labs” will be used to refer to Sienci Labs Inc. herein and “LaserBeam” or “machine” will refer to Sienci Labs’ LaserBeam Module, LaserBeam driver and LaserBeam Module Mounting Plate. Additionally, the words “you”,  “your”, “user”, and “operator”  will refer to the original purchaser/customer, user, or viewer of any of the products or media provided by or through Sienci Labs

This warranty does not cover damage due to improper use or assembly, lack of maintenance, normal wear and tear, or modifications to the LaserBeam which are not produced or authorized by the Company. 

This warranty will become void if the operator does not follow the Safety Warnings and Guidelines, uses the Product for illegal purposes, or intentionally causes damage to the Product.

The original customer must contact Sienci Labs Inc. within ninety (90) days of receiving their order to make a warranty claim to be eligible for warranty service. Proof of purchase, tracking number, email address, or other material will be used to confirm the original purchasing date and the identity of the original customer. If the damage was due to shipping, original packaging materials must be kept in the original received condition. Photos, videos, written descriptions, and other items may be requested to assess and validate a warranty claim.  In the case Sienci Labs Inc. requires the original parts to be returned, the customer is solely responsible for packing all items securely. Damage incurred during return shipping will not be covered by the warranty. A method of payment such as a credit card may be requested by Sienci Labs Inc. to cover shipping costs or damaged items if Products are not eligible for warranty service.