Makeblock Laserbox Review




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Makeblock Laserbox Review

 by matteo on 09 Aug 2019 |
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Over the past 2 weeks we've been given the opportunity to test out the Makeblock Laserbox, a new laser cutter & engraver. Here's our first impressions on it.

It's a very large machine compared to other laser cutters and engravers such as the Emblaser 2, and a lot heavier making it more difficult to move around. Aside from its size and weight we were very impressed with it. It cut and engraved quickly with clean results and the software was just so simple to use making it a fun and enjoyable experience.

Pros

It's easy to set up

The Laserbox comes packed as two boxes; the Laserbox, cables, exhaust pipes & manual and the Smoke Purifier. The manual is easy to understand and has diagrams showing how to connect the Laserbox and Smoke Purifier together.

It's relatively quiet

When the Laserbox is running a cut or engraving an image it is very quick and doesn't emit a lot of noise, this is perfect for a class environment where you may have more than one going in the background while doing other activities.
 

Software

The software is very user-friendly and has a clean/simple layout making it less overwhelming for students and teachers who are using it for the first time. The software is split into two sections; working and design.
 
  • Working

    This section contains a view of the material that is in the Laserbox (from the 5MP camera) and an overlay of what you have imported to cut or engrave.
 
  • Design

    This section contains a white canvas showing what you have imported and various settings for manipulating its orientation & size, inserting rectangular & circular shapes as well as lines and more.

Once you have finished moving and editing your project you can preview the outcome and get an estimated time of finish.
 

Sketch & Cut Feature

This is by far our favourite feature of the Laserbox. With the sketch and cut feature you can sketch on a piece of white paper or their official materials in red or black pen, place it inside the laser box and the 5MP camera will scan the sketch and cut or engrave it with the press of a button. There's no computer needed.
 

Cons

Size & Weight

The Laserbox is quite heavy weighing 40kg, a two person machine to move. It's also large taking up a our whole workbench.
 

Smoke Purifier

The smoke purifier is just that, it takes the smoke particulate out of the Laserbox however it still needs to be ventilated. You can use 3rd party filtration units such as the F2000 Filtration Unit which we used.

No Air-Assist

The Laserbox does not have an air-assist and you can really see the difference not having one makes when cutting and engraving matreials such as 3mm MDF which we used in the pictures below.



The picture on the left is from the Makeblock Laserbox, as you can see there is a lot of overburn due to the lack of an air-assist. On the right is the Emblaser 2 which does have an air-assist. You can definitely see the difference it makes.

Comment(s)1

Breanna - Comment
Breanna08 Jun 2020Reply
Thanks so much for this great article guys! It’s super helpful.
I love the look of the Makeblock laser, however having no air assist for engraving is a real negative for me. Would you have any suggestions for a product I could look at buying that does this feature better? I’m looking to cut 3mm wood and acrylic, as well as engrave.
Thanks!
cdsoft - Comment
cdsoft08 Jun 2020Reply
Hello Breanna,

The and Emblaser 2 does come with Air Assist and it's an optional extra on the Emblaser Core. Both will cut acrylic and ply but there are limitations and are sensitive to material quality.

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