I’ve always wanted a laser engraver. There are so many applications I can think of that would make them the perfect addition to my list of gadgets.
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You can use them not only as a hobby, but also as a money making opportunity. Engraving peoples sports memorabilia, trophies, laptop cases, leather goods, wood and a whole lot more which I’ll go in to below.
Ortur Aufero Laser 1 Laser Engraving Machine
In the early days of laser engraving devices the barrier to owning one was the very high price. The cost was just prohibitive for most people.
The good news is that there is now a perfect laser engraver for people starting out in the laser engraving space. The Ortur Aufero Laser 1 is a surprisingly good price with all the features you need when starting out in laser engraving.
Ortur are not new to laser engraving having been formed by a group of talented engineers in 2018. They have also release the Ortur Laser Master 2 Pro this year which levels up the engraving game even further.
Need to Know
- The Ortur Aufero Laser 1 is an excellent choice for people starting out with Laser Engraving
- This is still a serious device and needs to be managed with safety
- This unit is plug and play so you don’t need to worry about being overwhelmed with complex instructions and parts.
- There are additional accessories available for extending the features and functionality of the Aufero Laser 1 engraving machine.
The basic kit includes all you need:
If you do get stuck you can always contact Ortur directly or join their Facebook group which has over 20,000k members! Another resource you have is their YouTube channel which has a load of support and how to videos too. See that here:
You can get up an going in about 1 minute which is the time it takes to attached the laser head.
The basic sizing of the Ortur is 180mm x 180mm which is plenty for what most people engrave. Keep in mind this isn’t a commercial size unit. There isn’t a lot you can’t engrave at that size for personal or even small things you plan to sell.
Competition – Aufero Laser 1 VS Neje Master 2S
There aren’t too many competitors directly in this space. There are some packaged options but in the long run you’re probably going to want the extendability the Aufero Laser 1 offers.
If you are comparing the Neje Master 2S to the Aufero Laser 1 the differences come down to safety.
Aufero Laser 1 is armed with the OLM-PRO-V1.2 Motherboard. This is a more advanced laser motherboard from Ortur and it has more features:
- If has a power control system you need to shut down the machine it cuts the power to it too.
- There is no sparking from the power unit
- Windows OS driver free
- It has a faster calculation speed and MCU (micro controller unit)
- Supports expansion (such as: digital laser module. If you open the enclosure the laser is paused.
- The overall mechanical foundation and structure, which is cantilevered, has been improved from experience with previous models.
There are 3 optional laser modules for this engraver.
1: LU-2-2 – this module is perfect for fine detail work
2: LU-2-4-SF – this module is stronger and perfect for engraving harder materials (Short Focus)
3: LU-2-4-LF – this module is higher power again and is perfect for longer range tasks including precision cutting (Long Range)
The main cantilevered frame and motor are exactly the same for all three of these modules. You can choose the laser fitting based on the work you are planning to do.
The Aufero Laser 1 is the most advanced motherboard and firmware from Ortur. This motherboard ensures the best processing speed, realistic grayscale and engraving accuracy of your laser engraving artworks.
You don’t need to worry about compatibility with your computer unless you’re still running Windows 7, which is so unlikely in 2021.
Is this a new device? Is there a risk in being an early adopter?
The motherboard on this device is already in it’s 9th generation so the answer to that question is no. Ortur continue to evolve and improve on their devices which includes the firmware, software and hardware.
Laser engraving requires you to adhere to general safety guidelines. These are lasers so you need to protect your eyes, body and surroundings.
The Aufero Laser 1 is packed with safety first features.
1: Active Position Protection – if the laser base is moved or tilted in anyway during operation the laser will automatically stop.
2: Laser Beam Safety Guard – if the machine or computer connection fails during use the laser will automatically shut down.
3: Power control system – if you soft power down the unit the laser will cut off
4: There are additional optional safety features available if you purchase the Safety Enclosure add-on. These include:
- Flame detector with Audible Alarm – if the laser detects any flames it will sound an audible alarm with a visual alert light
- Emergency Stop button – does what it says, hit it and things shut down
- Link from laser to enclosure – if you open the enclosure, the laser will shut down
Where to get drawings?
The Aufero Laser 1 is fully compatible with LaserGRBL. It is also compatible with LightBurn.
In addition to these giants for source content there is loads of community generated content you can access are make use of.
The quality of the laser output is stunning.
What can you engrave on?
The options are very very wide here. The list of things you can engrave on include:
- Oxidized Metals (e.g. copper coins)
- Stainless Steel
- Ceramic Tiles
What you engrave on what materials is really only limited by your imagination!
Great community of support backed by the company itself
As mentioned earlier, the Ortur community is active and full of people ready to support. It is a mature and friendly group of people all working and learning the same things together.
The company also provides fanatical support 24/7 from their website support portal. https://ortur.tech/support/
They offer a 1 year no hassle warranty on the unit.