Back in October 2020, I wrote an article about cut settings for the 15W Yora Laser Module, having upgraded from the 5.5W, I was blown away by what it could do.
The simplest way to look at power and speed whatever power laser you’re using is as follows:
Higher power burns deeper, too much power = loss of detail – no effect on running time
Lower power burns shallower, too little power = loss of detail – no effect on running time
Higher speed saves time – burns shallower and reduces detail
Lower speed increases time – burns deeper but too deep can reduce detail
Rule of Thumb
Double Power = Double Depth
Half Power = Half Depth
Half Speed = Double Depth
Double Speed = Half Depth
But wouldn’t you have guessed, YoraHome only went and did it again, but this time, it's 40W of oooooo-eeeeeee diode laser power!
This model (along with the new 15W), comes with fixed focus, so no fiddling around with trying to get the smallest pin-point you can. The generally recommended distance is approximately 0.8 inch - 20 mm or you can just use the small aluminium block that comes with the laser to judge the distance. Big plus for me as I was always unsure of whether I’d got it right or not.
Moving swiftly on to the important bits, this is what I found the 40W can do as far as cutting goes:
Oh my gosh or words to that effect!!!!!
This thing is a beast, more than that, it’s a monster!!!!! Just look at what it can do, here is a quick comparison to the 15W:
And for engraving, I came up with a new plan, I used a simple straight line, 2 cm long. This was really quick to use for testing. And allowed for very quick adjustments:
This was on slate. I adjusted the position by jogging the laser 10mm each time and increasing the power from 0.1 by 0.1 increments, until I found the level of burn I was happy with for each material.
For the brushed aluminium, a photo of a line didn’t look too impressive, so I did another square to show it properly:
So here are a few basic guidelines for engraving with a Yora 40W diode laser:
One of the things to remember about using a laser is that the more you run it at full power the shorter time it will last – so if you can run a laser at a lower power, it’s going to last longer.
More time with your laser, more opportunities, more fun.
YoraHome opens up a whole world of prospects with all of their machines and this new Yora 40W Laser Module is yet another star in their galaxy.
I am not often lost for words, but YoraHome just continue to amaze me with what they keep coming up with, the quality of the machines, the customer service and the back-up are beyond any expectations you could have. When you want to get into the world of CNC, go to YoraHome, you will not regret it.
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