25 November 1013 – A tool I have had on my wish list for quite some time – and I know many of you too – is a laser cutter. I have looked at many options including buying locally, importing from China as well as building it myself. Unfortunately it remains a high price item. Initially, I always figured I can build it better and cheaper myself but everything adds up rather quickly – except if you try to build it with crappy ACME threaded rod and common 3D printer linear bearings. I firmly believe that route will lead to many headaches and will end up being a slow and pretty useless cutter.
Not being able to afford a big professional cutter I decided to get a small and cheap desktop cutter. It will enable me to do most of the cutting and engraving myself and allow me to evaluate if a large expensive cutter should be on my NEED or WANT list! If I need to do bigger jobs or larger orders I can still use the 3rd party companies as I have always done.
I am looking to buy the K40 III mini desktop laser:
- 40W CO2 laser.
- 0.01mm accuracy.
- 300mm x 200mm engraving area.
- 800mm x 500mm x 250mm machine dimension – 28kg.
- 45kg packaged in plywood case.
- This is the 3rd edition K40, with numerous upgrades and an improved controller.
- USB controlled with Windows software.
- By default it cuts up to 50mm/s but can be increased with some hacking – It saves me from driving to another company to get the cut done so slow is fine with me…
- It is a hobby cutter but capable. Not the best quality mirrors etc but usable.
- Mainly marketed for engraving but can cut acrylic/perspex up to 5mm in one pass at slowest speed.
- Many upgrades and tips on the internet. Best if you do not mind tinkering a bit.
- I have seen people control it with Mach3 and using 3D printer electronics such as our CoolSteps 2.1 stepper drivers.
- Includes water cooling pump, extractor fan and software.
The problem I am facing now is getting this cheap laser cutter shipped to me in SA while keeping the cost down. After duties and VAT the cutter costs about R6500. The quote I received for air shipping is another R6000. Add onto that a few hidden costs as I have learned when I imported my CNC router and you easily end up paying R14 000 for it. Shipping via sea freight is cheaper. Problem here is the supplier will not ship me only 1 cutter. If I want to ship via sea I have to buy a minimum of 4 laser cutters. This is where you come in.
I propose we do a group buy. If I can get 4 or more people to buy a laser cutter then we can have it delivered in Jhb for R9500. Now that sounds more like it!
How will this work?
- You will have to pay a 60% deposit, with the balance as soon as they arrive in RSA.
- I will give you the bill of lading so you can track the shipment every step of the way.
- We do charge a small fee for doing all the work and delivering to your door – Gauteng only – but this is included in the R9500.
- This price is calculated at ZAR/USD = R10.20
- Sea shipping usually takes 6 – 8 weeks but delivery will obviously depend how soon we get enough people.
- If we do not get enough people or you want your money back before we place the order we will fully refund your deposit.
- We do not officially support this product but will assist where we can if you have trouble setting up or using this cutter.
So, if you are in the market for a laser cutter or want to get yourself a new tool give us a shout or drop us a comment! Also feel free to contact us if you would like more info regarding the K40 III laser cutter.
012 643 0571
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