Best Affordable Laser Engraver Machines For Beginners in 2020

Laser engravers are widely used in the manufacturing industry for laser marking and in some cases laser cutting a material as well. Desktop Laser engraving machines can be used for marking on wood, glass, metal or leather depending on the type of laser engraving machine available with you. This article covers various types of Laser engraving machines, their applications and How to select them?

Don’t miss this article on the difference between laser marking vs engraving vs etching.

Laser engravers are used to cut, etch, mark or engrave following materials.

  • Metals such as Aluminum, stainless steel, copper etc.
  • Thermoplastics such as ABS, PC etc.
  • Jewelry
  • Coated metals
  • Wood Parts
  • Acrylic and glass
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Stones

Applications of Laser Engraving

Laser engraving is extensively used in the manufacturing industry and by hobbyists for marking and cutting materials. Compared to stickers, screen printing or pad printing, laser marking has the advantage of printing variable information at low cost. Here are the applications of laser engraving in manufacturing:

  • Marking variable and fixed information such as QR code, Serial number, Mac ID on products.
  • Mark brand name or logo on products.
  • Used to create artwork on jewelry (Gold and Silver).
  • Marking on printed circuit board (PCB).
  • Artwork printing : Printing photographs on acrylic.

Selection of Laser Engraver Machines

Various types of Laser engraving machines are available in the market. Each type of laser engraver machine has its own advantages and limitations. Therefore before purchasing, it is always recommended to analyze engraving machines on following parameters.

Bed Size (Engraving Area)

Laser engraving machines are available in various engraving area options. Engraving area is the maximum area where a laser engraver can print in one go. Bed size selection is done according to part maximum printing area.

Materials to be Engraved 

Laser engraving machines come with different technology and power options. One machine can not print all materials. Therefore it is always recommended to check machine capability to engrave the type of material before buying the machine.

Cycle Time and Speed

How frequently you want to engrave your parts has a direct impact on your machine selection. For example laser engraving machines for production are very costly ($ 15000). Whereas for home you can buy it for approx. $500. 

Laser Engraving Machine Technology Available

Following technologies are used in Laser engraving machines to engrave a material. Each of these technologies has their own advantages, limitations and applications.

  • Fiber Based Laser Engraving Machine : They are used to engrave metal, anodized aluminum and Plastic.
  • CO2 Based Laser Engraver : Used for engraving jewelry, rubber stamps, name plate, rating plate, thermoplastic materials etc.
  • Green Laser Engraving Machines : Green laser engraver can do marking on reflective materials (such as copper, silver and gold), plastic materials, glass and ceramic.
  • Hybrid Laser Engraving Machines: They are used to engrave organic materials and metals.

Best Laser Engraving Machines

We recommend you to discuss your application with the machine manufacturer before the selection of laser engraver machine for your application. Having a detailed discussion with the manufacturer is the best way to select the machine. Here are some of the best affordable laser engraving machines available in the market.

Laser EngraverBed Size (mm)Laser TypeLaser PowerPrice
Snapmaker 3-in-1 3D Printer125 x 125Blue Laser Diode200mw~$800
Cubiio Laser Engraver100 x 100Blue Laser Diode1600mw~$560
Morphon 40W Laser Engraver200 x 300CO240w-
Qiilu 1500mw Mini42 x 42CO21500mw~
NEJE MASTER 3500mW 150 x 150CO23500mw~$220
Emblaser 2500 x 300 x 50Solid State Diode-~$2500
Insma Laser Engraver80 x 80CO23000mW$80
TEN-HIGH Laser Engraver300 x 500CO250w$2000
Snapmaker 3-in-1 Engraver and Printer

Snapmaker is a complete metal open Design. If you are looking for a 3D printer, CNC Carving and Laser Engraving. This is one of the best budget laser engraver option available. With this one device you can do 3D printing, CNC Carving and Laser Engraving. It was started as a kickstarter project.

This image shows snapmaker 3-in-1 laser engraving, cnc cutting and 3D printing machine.
Snapmaker 3 in 1
Features:

Work Area : 125 x 125 mm

Laser Type : Blue Laser Diode

Laser Power : 200mW

Supported File Types: SVG, JPEG, PNG etc.

Supported Materials : Wood, bamboo, leather, plastic, fabric, paper, non-transparent acrylic, etc.

Click Here for More Details on Snapmaker 3-in-1 Engraver and Printer.

Cubiio Laser Engraver

Cubiio is a portable laser engraver that you can control remotely with a smartphone. As claimed this is the first laser cube started as a kickstarter Project. Apart from engraving it can also cut materials upto a limited thickness.

This image shows an affordable Cubiio Laser Engraver
Cubiio Laser engraver features

Work Area : 100 x 100 mm

Laser Type : Blue Laser Diode

Laser Power : 1600mW Adjustable

Supported File Types: G-CODE, BMP.

Connected : Yes Through BLE 

Supported Materials For Engraving : Paper Board, Cardboard, Fabric, Leather, Felt, Wood, non-transparent acrylic

Supported Materials For Cutting (upto limited thickness): Paper Board, Cardboard, Fabric, Leather, Felt, Wood, non-transparent acrylic

Click Here for More Details on Cubiio Laser Engraver.

Morphon 40w Laser Engraver

It is a low cost DIY Laser engraving machine.

Features:

Work Area : 200 x 300 mm

Laser Type : CO2

Laser Power : 40w

Supported File Types: Corel Draw

Connected : Through USB Port 

Supported Materials For Engraving : Bamboo piece, double-color planks, boulder, horns, Leather, crystal, wood, organic plastic, abrics, paper ,film, canvas , acrylic and plastics.

Qiilu 1500mW Mini

This Laser engraver is a high power laser engraving machine that can be controlled by a laptop or smartphone.

this image shows affordable Qiilu Laser Engraver.
Features:

Carving Space : 42 x 42 x 78 mm

Laser Type : CO2

Laser Power : 1500mw

Image Resolution: 550 x 550 px

Connected : Through USB Port and Smartphone Bluetooth 

Supported Materials For Engraving : Wood, Plastic(fire-proof material not included), Acrylic, Bamboo, Rubber, Leather, Paper and other Flammable Materials

NEJE Master 3500mW

Its a low cost affordable open structure Laser engraver with moderate laser engraver.

Features:

Work Space : 150 x 150 mm

Laser Type : CO2

Laser Power : 3500mw

Image Resolution: 2000 x 2000 pixels.

Supported File Type : nc, dxf, bmp, jpg, png 

Connected : Through USB Port and Smartphone Bluetooth 

Supported Materials For Engraving : Acrylic, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Emblaster 2

This is one of the advanced IoT enabled 3D laser cutter and engraver with a relatively large bed area. It comes with an in build camera for material alignment.

this image shows low cost emblaser 2 laser Engraver
Features:

Work Space : 500 x 300 x 50 mm

Laser Type : Class I Solid State Diode Laser

Laser Power : Equivalent to 15-20w CO2 laser.

Supported File Type : nc, dxf, bmp, jpg, png 

Connected : WiFi and USB

Supported Materials For Engraving : Cotton Fabric, Leather, Corrugated Cardboard, Acrylic (except transparent), Plywood, Balsa, Anodised Aluminium, Corkboard, Rubber.

Other Features: Automatic Laser Optic Calibration, Laser Height Set and Control, Built in Camera.

Click Here for More Details on Emblaster 2.

Insma Laser Engraver 3000mW

This is a low cost laser engraver for beginners.

this image shows an affordable low cost Insma Laser Engraver
Features:

Work Space : 80 x 80 mm

Laser Type : CO2

Laser Power : 3000mw

Supported File Type : JPEG, JPG, PNG, BMP

Connected : USB

Supported Materials For Engraving : Wood, Paper, Plastic Leather and non-transparent acrylic.

TEN-HIGH Laser Engraver

This is a high power laser engraver that can be used to engrave metal and plastics with relatively good quality.

Features

Work Space : 300 x 500 mm

Laser Type : CO2

Laser Power : 50W

Supported File Type : Corel Draw, bmp, dib, jpg, jpeg, png, gif, wmf, emf, pcx, tif, tiff etc.

Connected : Through USB

Supported Materials For Engraving : Organics or NON-metal materials such as acrylic, Plywood, Density board, Leather, Wood, Double color plate, Glass, Cloth, Bamboo, Paper etc.

Click Here for More Details on TEN-HIGH Laser Engraver

To sum up, Laser engraving machines are widely used for marking on organic and non organic parts. Nowadays this technology has become so affordable that the even hobbyists can buy desktop laser engravers for home use.

We will keep updating this article on the best affordable laser engraving machines available. You can ask questions and give suggestions on laser engraver by sending a message in the comment box. We will do our best to add it in this post.

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