A few years ago, we couldn't write an article about laser engraving here because the devices were so large and so expensive. Only companies would buy such equipment. However, we live in an age where technology is also available for do it yourselfers and hobbyists. Now the price of small laser engraving machines has been much lower than before. But why should I buy a laser engraver?
With a laser engraver, you can engrave wood, leather, acrylic, felt, and some other fabrics. Thin wood, acrylic or cardboard can also be cut. This depends to some extent on the power of the laser. Ideal installation for personal woodwork and gifts.
Simple lasers like the Atomstack A5 Pro are so-called diode lasers. CO2 lasers are more powerful. These are much more expensive and more complicated to set up. They need more space in your workshop.
So we opted for a more compact diode laser. This allows us to create great custom woodwork.
The Atomstack A5 Pro model was shortlisted. Don't let information like 40W laser or 20W vice irritate you. In both cases, the optical power of the laser module is between 5W and 5.5W.
However, the Atomstack A5 Pro is also rated very well, and most importantly, it's a bit cheaper. That's why we chose the Atom stack. The ATOMSTACK S10 Pro even launched a few weeks ago. This should be the new "flagship model". However, it also costs over 600 euros.
Assemble - in just 20 minutes
Building the Atomstack A5 Pro is very fast. Includes English assembly instructions. It could be better, but not a hindrance to the build.
The shaft of the laser is entirely made of anodized aluminum. The parts look very valuable with no sharp edges or burrs.
First, put the X and Y axes together. The Allen screw also includes a right hex driver. Everything fits and the screw is screwed into the thread without misjudgment. The feet are fixed on the shaft. The control unit is located in a secure aluminium box at the rear of the left foot.
The portal is then assembled with the laser bracket and put on. The piece is pre-assembled.
You have to assemble the portal's tracks yourself. It was a bit fiddly, but installed in a few minutes. Here you have to make sure there is enough tension so that the portal can move cleanly on the shaft.
Now the laser is finally installed. You must first install the privacy screen from the orange acrylic sheet. Then attach the laser unit to the portal.
Finally, connect the cables. This completes the assembly of the Atomstack A5 Pro. It took us about 20 minutes to do this.
Packaging - what's included
The scope of supply includes the laser with all screws, shafts and cables. We have a US IEC connector for power packs. However, cold electrical plugs with Schuko plugs can simply be plugged into the mains unit. Luckily we have one more.
Then include goggles. The laser itself is also behind the acrylic glass. Glasses provide additional protection. We recommend wearing safety goggles at all times.
Also included are three small pieces of plywood for testing. Then there are markers, brushes and three small acrylic sheets. Baffles are also important. This is used to set the correct distance between the laser and the workpiece. Atomstack A5 Pro has fixed focus.