At 3D Universe, we’re excited to offer the Dremel Digilab LC40 Laser Cutter. We’ve already been very impressed by Dremel’s solidly-engineered lineup of 3D printers. Everything is thoughtfully designed, with considerable attention-to-detail. Having had in-depth previews of the new LC40, it appears that it will be equally impressive.
The LC40 is specifically designed to meet the demands of hobbyists, educators and professionals looking for a desktop laser cutting solution. With Dremel’s consistent focus on safety, ease-of-use and reliability, we think that many will find the LC40 a perfect fit for their laser cutting needs.
The new Dremel LC40 is capable of cutting, etching, scoring, and engraving your most intricate designs. The potential applications are numerous, as the LC40 works with a wide array of materials, including acrylic, paper, leather, wood, stone, and glass. See our materials page for some options to get you started, designed to fit perfectly in the LC40's 20 x 12 inch work area.
IMPORTANT: The LC40 is not intended for cutting metal
The LC40 is capable of engraving anodized aluminum. Otherwise, the LC40 is not capable of cutting or engraving metal, and Dremel strongly urges people to avoid attempting to do so, as it would present a significant safety risk.
WARNING: Never use a laser cutter to cut vinyl or PVC!
Cutting vinyl or PVC on a laser cutter produces hydrogen chloride gas, which is extremely toxic. This in turn produces hydrochloric acid, which will also cause significant damage to the laser cutter. For more details, see this article.
Check out our video overview for a closer look at some of the unique hardware and software features the Dremel LC40 has to offer.Key features include:
The Dremel LC40’s external footprint is 32 x 20 x 8.25 inches, making it suitable for most offices or workspaces. The actual cutting area is a substantial 20 x 12 inches (508 mm x 304.8 mm), and with its 40 watt CO2 laser, the cutting depth is up to ¼ inch / 6 mm deep for wood or acrylic. The unit has a rugged exterior, weighing-in at roughly 70 lbs.
Dremel has gone to great lengths to ensure their LC40 meets the strictest safety standards. Not only has the LC40 been drop-tested, it’s the only UL-certified desktop laser cutter you’ll find at its price point. This qualification alone makes the LC40 an excellent fit for schools and libraries.
The Dremel LC40 is protected by an array of built-in SMART sensors that proactively scan for hazardous scenarios and provide troubleshooting guidance. Combined with the LC40’s built-in venting system, the optional BOFA air filtration unit ensures each unit’s operating environment remains safe, and free of noxious fumes or airborne particulate matter.
Both the LC40’s hardware and software appear to be robust and well-designed, as one would expect for an item with a $6,000 price tag. The exclusive Dremel DigiLab Suite includes out-of-the-box tutorials to make set up quick and painless. The LC40’s browser-based software is hosted from the unit itself and works through Wifi or Ethernet on Windows, Mac and Linux.
The process of positioning graphics over materials is straightforward and intuitive. Using the LC40’s onboard camera, the software allows users to position their graphic over a live view of the chamber - it’s truly a point and click experience. Selecting materials is easy, as the LC40 comes loaded with numerous material profiles. The LC40 also has a built-in 7-inch LCD display for monitoring and managing jobs.
Keeping the LC40 running promises to be easy, as the 40 watt laser can be swapped out with minimal effort or technical know-how. Also, the Dremel LC40 comes with a 1-year warranty, covering the machine end-to-end. And, since Dremel’s US-based team provides lifetime support, owners can get the assistance they need to ensure maximum longevity of their investment.
The team here at 3D Universe has been so impressed by the range of projects you can do with the Dremel LC40! Check out our video showing some of the projects we've done so far. And we're just getting started... Stay tuned for more videos showing you how to get the most out of your Dremel LC40.
As we've been working with our Dremel LC40, we've found some great online resources that will help you get started more quickly. Check out our video for an overview of some of our favorite sites and tools.
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The Dremel® DigiLab Laser Cutter was honored with being named Best of Show at ISTE 2019. The judging panel for the awards included educators who scoured the exhibit hall floor during the conference in Philadelphia this past June. The judges rated individual products and evaluated areas such as quality and effectiveness, ease of use, cost and creative use of technology.
|Engraving Area||18.4”x12” (467 mm x 304.8 mm)|
|Cutting Area||20”x12” (508mm x 304.8mm)|
|Max Engraving Height||1.25” (32 mm)|
|Max Cutting Height||¼” Wood and Acrylic (6 mm)|
|Machine Dimensions||32”x20”x8.25” (812.5mm x 508mm x 209.55mm)|
|Laser Cutter Weight||70lbs (31.75kg)|
|Shipping Weight (not including BOFA Filtration)||100lbs (45 kg)|
|Laser Type||Sealed CO2 Laser Tube|
|Laser Classification||Class 4 with Lid Open, Class 3R with Lid Closed|
|Beam Size||6.5mm @ 1.2m|
|LC40 input rating||120V, 60Hz, 5Amps|
|Driving System||NEMA Stepper Motor|
|Cooling Mode||Forced Air Heat Exchanger with Recirculating Water|
|Gantry System||Linear Ball Bearing Shaft Y-Axis, Rail Guideway X-Axis|
|Eye Protection||No Protective Laser Eyewear Required|
|Standard Equipment Includes||Z-Axis: Manual Laser Head Focus
Focal Lens: 2”
Integrated Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI)
Hex Box Integrated Cooling and Air Assist System
Red Dot Pointer: Integrated Beam Combiner
Integrated Exhaust System
Wide Angle, High-Def Camera
Honeycomb Aluminum Plate for Ventilation
Warranty: 12 Months
Included Kit Components Offer Complete Solution For Laser
|Computer Requirements||On Board Full Color Touchscreen
Mac and PC Compatible
Works with Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and IE
Recommended Screen Size: 11”
Min Screen Resolution: 1024x768 Pixels
Ability to Connect Through Network (Ethernet or WiFi) without Internet Connection
|Recommendations for Optimal Operating Environment||Recommended Environmental Temperature: 60-85F (16-29C)|
Dry Workspace Environment
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