I was a little intimidated by the expensive hunk of metal sleeping in the garage after our laser was freight truck delivered to the house. I really, REALLY didn’t want to break it right off the bat. I also didn’t want to burn my eyeballs out of my skull accompanied by the surprisingly high pitched screams of a grown man.
It turns out, all I had to do was spend hours online reading obscure forums to find the information I needed to get things started!
One of the best things about living in the Bay Area is nearly year-round great weather. I enjoy working on my permanent flip flop tan lines and weathered face by riding a bike instead of driving. We ship packages to customers every day, so I decided to increase my bike’s cargo capacity.
Over the holidays, I got a chance to finally make something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I had purchased all the necessary parts, and then watched them gather dust as we entered the insanity that is the Christmas season. Once things settled a bit and we took a few days’ break, I decided that it was finally time to make the biggest sign I’ve ever attempted, with ELECTRICITY!!
So you’re thinking about getting a laser cutter, but might not know where to start. I was in this exact position a while ago, and really would have liked a bit of guidance without having to pick through page after page of online forums. This series of blog posts are aimed at the regular ol’ people out there looking to get started with their own co2 laser cutter.
I’m no laser expert, so take these posts with a grain of salt. I’m merely sharing my personal experience of buying and using a co2 laser over the last couple years. If you spot something that could be done in a better way, please let me know in the comments below. Keep in mind that I’m a safety third kind of guy…some folks like safety goggles, I like turning power tools off with my chin.
It’s been about two years since we started Tinkering Monkey out of our one-car garage. We’ve been fortunate enough to see more and more shipments head out the door to happy customers.
Being part of a two person team has a lot of benefits, but there are downsides too. One of those downsides is having only four hands between the two of us. So, we put a call out to find some help. Bill Winkler answered that call, and we’re sure glad he did. If you ordered a Stand for Square™ from us, it’s likely that he helped us make it.