The machine has an open frame design made of four extruded aluminum profiles.
Its open design allows you to easily load and unload workpieces from the work area. It has a working area of 22.44" x 23.62" (410 x 400mm).
One of the linear extrusions has a ruler marking on it. You can use it as a reference to get an overview of the position.
Atomstack A10 Pro uses a 5W diode laser module. It uses quadruple laser compression technology to achieve a compressed spot size of 0.08mm.
Here, the laser beam passes through four consecutive lenses, which compress the laser beam to a small size.
This increases the energy concentration, enabling the sintering temperature of the laser beam to be as high as ~850°C. Furthermore, such a small spot size allows you to engrave with high resolution.
The laser module used in the A10 Pro has a standard lifespan of 10,000 hours, and you can get replacements from Atomstack's website or Amazon.
In general, diode lasers are more energy efficient and consume less power than other types of lasers (CO2, fiber optics).
The laser head in the A10 Pro has an eye shield to block the laser beam, but it's not always reliable as some beams can escape through the focal gap.
So it is best to use eye protection glasses. Accidental exposure to the beam may cause permanent damage to your eyes.
Atomstack doesn't offer any safety glass for the A10 Pro, but you can use any laser safety glass that blocks the 455nm wavelength laser beam emitted by this diode laser.
The Atomstack A10 Pro works on wood, composites, nonwovens, plastic, glass, paper, coated metal, stone, acrylic, rubber, ceramic, stainless steel, leather and more.
The 5W diode laser module used on the A10 Pro is powerful enough for most engraving applications.
The A10 Pro's quad-lens configuration gives the laser beam a 30mm focal length, allowing it to stay in focus for longer.
This makes it possible to cut thicker materials such as 15mm plywood. I tested this machine myself and will discuss the results in the "Testing the Atomstack A10 Pro" section of this article.
The Atomstack A10 Pro is driven using a belt drive across the XY axes, with each axis driven by a stepper motor.
Since the laser used on the Atomstack A10 Pro is a fixed focus laser, you need to manually adjust the laser focus by moving the laser head up and down along the Z axis.
Rollers locked in the channel support the movement of the gantry on linear guides, providing smooth transfer across axes.
The A10 Pro can achieve a maximum transmission speed of 137.7 ipm (3,500 mm/min), and an engraving accuracy of 0.01 mm.
The controller module of the Atomstack A10 Pro is fixed on the front frame. It contains the controller board, micro-SD slot, emergency stop switch, power button, reset button and USB port.
At the heart of the A10 Pro controller board is the ESP32 chip, which allows the A10 Pro to operate as a standalone system.
It also supports wifi connection, allowing you to operate the machine wirelessly.
The A10 Pro features an offline controller with a 3.5-inch touchscreen. You can connect it to the controller module via HDMI cable.
With it you can perform most functions such as running a job, jogging or homing the machine, adjusting power and speed, etc.
It can even show job status, and if you're running a repeat job on the A10 Pro, you can use the reset button on the controller box to repeat the job.
The back shell of the offline controller has strong magnets that allow you to attach it to the controller module without any physical support.
The Atomstack A10 Pro has limit switches on both the X and Y axes. It can help you homing the laser head.
Atomstack A10 Pro is compatible with LaserGRBL and LightBurn software.
LaserGRBL is free to use, but only for Windows operating systems. It is control-only software and cannot be designed.
LightBurn is a paid software that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. It is compatible with CAD, CAM and Control.
If you prefer to engrave images on your workpiece, LaserGRBL is good enough software.
But if you want to cut material, LightBurn is a better choice because it's great for working with lines.
You can send design files from your computer to the A10 Pro via USB cable, SD card or WiFi.
If you have long running jobs, sending via SD card and controlling from an offline controller would be the best option.
The Atomstack A10 Pro comes unassembled, you must assemble each part to build the machine. However, it can be assembled in about 20 minutes.
The product manual sent with the machine has detailed assembly instructions.
The Atomstack A10 Pro comes with some wood and acrylic boards that you can use to test your machine.
In addition, tool kits, brushes, dust-free cloths, cable ties, fixed focus film, SD cards, and card readers are also provided.
Atomstack offers several upgrade options for the A10 Pro laser machine.
These include rotary honeycomb tables, air assist pumps, work area extension kits, and tower extensions to increase work area height.
The Atomstack R3 is a universal rotary drum attachment. It comes with four metal legs that you can use to increase the height of the work area to accommodate the swivel attachment.
The R3 column is a set of two support columns. Together with the rotating drum, it helps slide long workpieces across the working area of the A10 Pro laser engraver.
Atomstack features a honeycomb table for use on the Atomstack A10 Pro laser machine.
It has all-metal construction and measures approximately 14.99" x 11.1" x 0.86" (380mm x 284mm x 22mm).
The Atomstack has an air-assisted pump that can be used to remove fumes from the path of the laser beam.
You can adjust its airflow between 10L/min and 30L/min. In addition to the pump, the kit comes with four filter glasses and three windshields.
Atomstack has an extension kit that you can use to expand the A10 Pro's work area to 33.4" x 16.1" (850 mm x 410 mm), a 190% increase over the initial work area.
Atomstack backs the A10 Pro laser engraver with a one-year warranty. In case of doubt, you can contact them via email, WhatsApp or live chat on their Facebook page.
The A10 Pro is capable of cutting 1mm thick cardboard in 3 passes at 750mm/min at 100% power. Cuts are clean and sharp.
You can use the Atomstack A10 Pro to engrave on glass and the results are sharp and have good contrast. The A10 Pro is capable of engraving black paint-coated glass sheets at 300mm/min and 100% power.
I was also able to engrave drinking glasses using the rotating drum accessory which worked really well.
Detail is good when engraving photos on hardwood with the A10 Pro. There is good contrast between different areas of the image.
I printed a 4 x 6 photo on a piece of mahogany, and it took the A10 Pro about an hour and a half to finish.
The A10 Pro can cut acrylic with clean edges. I was able to cut 2mm black acrylic in 4 passes at 300mm/min and 100% power.
The Atomstack A10 Pro is one of the most cost-effective laser cutters on the market with a good build quality.
Although it costs more than most 5W laser engravers, it does pack extra features and is future-proof expandable.
With the A10 Pro, you can perform engraving operations on most materials except some metals. It can also cut thin materials such as felt, paper, cardboard, plywood and more.