The First Professional CO2 Laser Kit!
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The FabKit is no ordinary laser cutter, designed and manufactured in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
The FabKit offers a professional, opensource CO2 Laser system at a competitive price.
Perfect for small enterprises as well as professional makers and hobbyists!
The FabKit has been designed from the ground up ensuring the best possible CO2 laser cutting experience at the most affordable price!
Designed to be a Kit.
While a DIY kit is a great weekend project for some, for others it can be quite an intimidating a task.
However fear not! The FabKit is a DIY machine from concept, which means we have designed it from the ground up to ensure ease of construction and maintenance!
All you need to build the FabKit is a set of screwdrivers and a spanner.
The assembly is broken into stages, each stage corresponds with a bag of components with all the needed parts for that step.
No soldering, No crimping, all cables are the correct length, labelled, striped and crimped. Packaged in sub-assemblies its a simple case of grabbing the bag for the next step in the manual and plugging it in the corresponding locations.
Updates and improvements?
We have been listening carefully to our first customers and have modified the manual and instructions based on feedback.
The manual is still currently under construction, however it is 'functional'. Customers who order a Mk5 FabKit can expect a polished off solution with video guides and an experienced community of users.
You can view the current manual here. Manual.fabcreator.com
Huge Laser, Small footprint
The FabKit has a massive cutting area of
680mm x 460mm
That is big enough to cut and engrave A2 and provide a little extra around the edges, making aligning the material or object being engraved hassle free.
The FabKit also has an motorized Z axis providing 130mm of movement.
All this space is in a machine of only 1150*750*450mm!*
Quality is what counts, and at FabCreator we believe in striving for highest level of quality at the most affordable price.
We want to ensure the FabKit is a product that will last for years to come.
To achieve this, every part of the FabKit's ecosystem has been carefully selected to ensure quality and reliability.
The FabKit is an All Metal Design; all custom components are constructed using high precision milled and laser cut aluminium.
Our linear motion components are sourced from TBI MOTION and IGUS.
Quality and reliable electronics are used throughout, ranging from Meanwell power supplies to Siemens emergency stops.
The FabKit was designed with the intention to run 24/7, making it a power house for production for any small business or FabLab.
Whether it is natural wood or plywood, the FabKit can cut and engrave it. We have successfully cut up to 12mm poplar plywood with the pro grade laser tube.
The most common laser cut plastic is acrylic, which has the best results when cutting and engraving. Other plastics can also be cut, but it is important to look at their material safety data sheet to ensure they do not contain chlorine and other toxic chemicals which could damage the machine and your health.
Textiles can easily be cut with the FabKit. It is precise, accurate and provides clean cuts every time. We recommend using a honeycomb bed for cutting textiles.
With the FabKit you cannot cut or engrave bare metals. You can however engrave anodized and powder coated metals or use a marking spray which allows you to mark them.
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CO2 lasers are able to work with a huge variety of materials. This makes them a great tool for creating a whole range of designs, products and prototypes.
Whether you are creating Art, Jewellery, Sign Making, Architectural Models, Puzzles or are just looking for highly accurate cutting and engraving, the FabKit is the tool for you
Not just any 40w laser!
The FabKit houses a high quality 40W DC CO2 Laser,
This differs greatly from the common 40W laser you would find in a standard Chinese import.
Although not quite as good as an RF laser, at a 10th the price it comes pretty close. We believe its the perfect middle ground for a compact affordable industrial laser cutter.
In comparison to other lesser quality DC laser tubes of the same rated power, the FabKit is able to cut up to 3 times as faster than your average 40w Chinese import laser!
Example speeds with for poplar plywood are:
Cutting speeds up to 30mm/s with 3mm poplar plywood.
Cutting speeds up to 3mm/s with 12mm poplar plywood.
Laser raster up to 500mm/s*
*Currently firmware issues are limiting our raster speed of grey scale images to 100mm/s,
500mm/s is currently achievable with high contrast black and white images.
Software Laser Web CNC Pro
The FabKit uses the powerful and open-source laser cutting software, LaserWeb.
Built by a dedicated team of people, Laserweb is quickly becoming the number one laser cutting program for standard G- code driven machines.
With a whole range of advanced features ranging from full greyscale raster engraving, to complex multi operation jobs, Laserweb can do it all with more excited features being added and planned for.
Learn more about the software at the following links:
Documentation at: GITHUB
Laserweb is truly the next generation of laser cutting software
Less than 2.50 Euros and hour running costs!
In your average set up your power draw can vary depending on your current operation and your environment. Warmer climates for example will require the chiller to work harder and more frequently.
FabKit Less than 1000w
CW5000 Chiller less than 500w
BOFA AD 350 less than 1200w
*Filter usage and ultimately cost can vary dramatical depending on what you are cutting.
An estimate of running costs for the FabKit
Energy usage: 50 cent/hour
Tube Life: 15 cent/hour
Filter (should you be using one) 1.5 Euro/hour*
General maintenance: 35 cent/hour
Return on investment?
A typical price for renting a laser cutter at a FabLab or commercial company is around 1 Euro a minute / 60 Euros an hour.
A complete FabKit and BOFA 350 costs less than 7500 euros exvat
For example lets say we rent the Fabkit at a modest price of 50 cent a minute / 30 Euros an hour.
With a running cost of 2.50 Euros an hour. That’s 27.5 Euros potential profit an hour
Meaning you could make your money back within 350 hours of use!
Thats less than 2 months of daily use!
Service contracts can be a costly addition when buying a laser cutter,
The FabKit has been designed to be easily maintained and serviced by the user removing the need for expensive servicing by the manufacturer.
Furthermore being open source means all the information and inner workings are easily available.
Should you ever run into an problem you cant solve don’t worry we are here to help.
Simply contact us via the web-chat, email or create a thread on the community forum.
Name: FabCreator VOF
Phone: +31 6 39276395
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