Desktop laser cutting from Epilog Zing

Core77 recently posted on the Zing laser cutter, an $8000 home laser cutting/etching solution that appears to be as plug and play as a printer.
Unfortunately there is preciously little information on the Zing website to explain what the capabilities of the machine are in layman’s terms. All I can muster is that it has 25 watts of CO2 laser goodness and has a particularly durable ‘all-metal’ laser-tube – presumably in response to comparisons with the extortionate price of cartridges for printers.

Epilog Zing laser cutter/engraver

The product appears to be aimed at those who wish to high-quality engrave photos and images onto their iPhones, or perhaps set up a cottage industry to do said engraving, given the initial capital outlay. As we have seen with 3D printers, it’s another step towards affordable fabricators for the masses, but with sophisticated consumables such as laser-tubes, is this really a responsible choice given the new waste streams fabricators such as these will create?
via Core77

I remember when the first color-laser printers were in this price range a few years ago, they now cost under 100$. I bet in a decade, these printers will drop in price dramatically as well. I wonder how retail shops will survive if anybody can make their own stuff using locally sourced materials.

Jon – Create Unique Memories

This seems like a pretty good price for this laser to me…you can do a lot with a 25 watt laser in terms of cutting. You are in no way limited to engraving. 25 watts can get you through paper, cardboard, fabric, and plexi (probably takes more than 1 pass). And the price on this is way better than the similar deal from Universal Systems where the same configuration in their comparable line costs $12,000+

Now I know what I want for xmas…

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