FabCreator CO2 Laser Cutters; a smarter and open source choice for your creative laser cutting needs.
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About this project
Why have we developed the FabCreator Lasers?
We have used a lot of CNC machines in prototyping and making throughout our highschool and university but these machines are incredibly expensive. An EU or US made 30W RF laser cutter with a 300x600mm bed is easily 15kEuros! That is a lot of money for a entry level machine. Of course there are cheaper machines from China, but importation and unreliability can cause issues for some.
We wanted to change this and introduce a European made range of industrial lasers cutters using high quality DC lasers, ideal for professional makers.
With the explosion of 3D printing and the growth of the Maker, we wanted to create a new generation of CNC tools which would be affordable and thus accessible to makers all over the globe. Thus FabCreator lasers were born.
During the development of the FAB40 we aimed to optimise our design for manufacturing and assembly. In doing so we ended up with a small pool of components which could be used to make any size of laser by only changing the laser cut components. With demand for a lower cost solution as well as for a high powered laser, the FABKit and FAB100 were born.
The FAB-Kit is a DIY-Kit that enables you to build your own laser cutter within safer boundaries. It is the perfect entry level machine for those keen to learn and build their own machine within an open-source community. It comes flat packed with well-designed packaging, manuals and online video guides.
The FAB-40 is a 40W CO2 laser cutter for home to semi-professional use. The FAB-40 will be fully CE certified and sold as a Class 1 laser machine.
The FAB-40 comes with a custom high quality true 40W laser tube. This means it has high quality full metal end connectors on an 800mm long, 80mm diameter glass laser tube. Whereas standard 40W tubes come with a 3month warranty, these come with a full-year operational warranty.
Only measuring in at 1080x670x653 the FAB-40 is able to cut up to 800x400mm, making it the most space efficient laser on the market.
The FAB-40 uses a Smoothieboard coupled with the Raspberry-Pi 3 and a 7-inch touchscreen becoming fully stand alone, able to control the machine as well as generate g-code from vector and image files.
The FAB-100, a 100W machine that can cut up to 12mm of most materials. The FAB-100 will also be fully CE certified and sold as a Class 1 laser machine.
The FABCreator Lasers are CO2 Laser cutters. This means that they can cut and engrave most organic materials such as woods, plastic, fabric, leather and many more.
Precision and Accuracy
Our machines use Nema 23 stepper motors with GT3 Timing belt. Using the smoothieboard's microstepping we can confidently have a resolution of 20 microns.
The kerf width of the laser depends on the material, the focal point of the lens and the quality of the laser tube.
We have been cutting on the FAB40 and FAB100 with a kerf width down to 0.1mm. The cheaper laser tube currently in the FABKit gives a kerf width of 0.25mm.
The reason we can get a high quality laser beam is that our tubes are simply one of the highest grade of industrial laser in addition to the use of high quality optics from II-VI Infrared.
Simply design in your favourite programme and import your file into Laserweb. Easily position it on your workbed and prepare the code. Either save the code to a memory card or USB stick to run it off the machine, or if you are preparing code on the FAB40 or FAB100, just press go.
Fusion 360 is a powerful CAD CAM tool we designed our machines in fusion and were recently involved in a partners spotlight.
FAB-Blades are specially designed not to reflect the laser beam straight up to the workpiece. They are easily placed and removed from their frame, making it easy to adjust your work table for larger or smaller cutting jobs. Being easily removable also makes them easy to clean or replace.
These come standard with all FabCreator machines
Shipping cost for all of the machines will be calculated on an individual basis after the Kickstarter campaign.
The FABKit estimated shipping is 100-300Euros within Europe or 300-600Euros worldwide
The FAB40 and FAB100 will be shipped as a pallet. Within Europe we estimate these to cost 300-600Euros maximum. Outside of Europe 1200-1600Euro maximum.
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Risks and challenges
Launching with three products sounds like a impossible task to some, however in reality we are creating one design in three variations.
The FABKit, FAB40 and FAB100 share almost identical components (the FAB100 is basically a scaled up FAB40)
This means we can make almost any size of machine from the same pool of parts. Only the laser cut sheets change.
Product based kickstarter projects often come with many risks and factors. Manufacturing physical goods can be an expensive and complex process.
At the start of the design processes one of our biggest goals was to ensure our end products would be feasible to produce and on a short turn around by ourselves. For this reason we decided to avoid using manufacturing technologies with large investment costs and tooling time.
The FabCreator machines are manufactured using high tech manufacturing tools; laser cutters and milling machines. (Lasers cutter built by laser cutters!)
These manufacturing technologies have high tolerances and rarely raise issues during manufacturing. They also provide a fast turnaround. Our current generation of prototypes were laser cut within 48 hours!
However with all that said, to help avoid any unforeseen mishaps we have been working closely with our milled components supplier to ensure the parts can be produced with high quality, reliability and still remain cost effective.
The Fab-Kit has the least to do before shipping. Being the simplest and flat packed, the trickiest part is ensuring the instructions and packaging will be clear.
Before shipping we will build one production unit and test it thoroughly. We will also likely ship a few units early to those willing to help us finalise and test the instructions.
The FAB-40 and FAB-100 need to be CE certified as well as certified as Class 1 laser machines. Although there is some risk here as paperwork can become complex, we have designed the machines following safety guidelines to ensure that they should pass without a problem. We plan to use a company who specialises in certifying lasers to take us through the processes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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