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Old 05-02-2016, 03:53 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Michael, if you are on facebook, join the pen turners group. the neje has been discussed and reviewed to death. I bought one on ebay (300mw) and it is fantastic. you won't be cutting any plywood or doing any acrylic with any of these but it will engrave and it does it well.
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Michael, if you are on facebook, join the pen turners group. the neje has been discussed and reviewed to death. I bought one on ebay (300mw) and it is fantastic. you won't be cutting any plywood or doing any acrylic with any of these but it will engrave and it does it well.
Thank you, I will see if I can find the group. I've thus far only used FB to show off my pens and drive traffic to my web site.

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The web site states it doesn't engrave acrylic, is that true? I am certainly interested but I do a lot of acrylic pens so it loses a lot of value if I cant do 1/2 of my items.
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Michael, if you are on facebook, join the pen turners group. the neje has been discussed and reviewed to death. I bought one on ebay (300mw) and it is fantastic. you won't be cutting any plywood or doing any acrylic with any of these but it will engrave and it does it well.
Can you post a link, please
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There is a special spray that is used for engraving on metals, it eliminates the glare.
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There is a special spray that is used for engraving on metals, it eliminates the glare.
That special spray is not there to reduce the glare. I think it is something a bit like a ceramic glaze. The metal never gets engraved, you just have a mark left on the surface. They have black for metal and white for stainless steel. They have multiple colors for ceramic and glass. They talk about 25-30 watt machines having trouble working with Cermark, so will probably not work at all with these 1 watt or less toys.
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I'm in the process of adding a laser to my cnc router setup. Im using the 445nm blue diode rated at 1.8W. When I figure it all out and put together I can add my results.
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Although I haven't seen him do it, my engraver says he uses it on metal and that examples he's shown me the metal is engraved. He's offered to engrave my clips. I mite give it a try next week
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I have the cheap 300mw version. You can actually see it in the background.

This is the first pen I tried 10 minutes after I got it setup. I'm thinking of upgrading it to a 2.5w, or just getting a newer/larger machine.
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Having seen examples of what Ryan's machine will do, I've pulled the trigger on the 1mW model--under $100 including "expedited" shipping. Will report back when it arrives. Even if it will only do wood, that opens up a ton possibilites.
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