So, you got a laser? Well, we all know laser engravers are amazing tools for making intricate designs, precision cuts and even marking items with text, logos, or photos. However, without the proper accessories, you may be missing out on the full potential of your laser. That's where the air assist comes in. This tiny but mighty addition to your laser engraver can make all the difference in the world when it comes to your final product. So, why do you need an air assist for your laser? Let's take a closer look!
First of all, an air assist can help you get deeper cuts and minimize scorching on your work piece. When you laser cut or engrave materials, you want the laser to go straight through the material. If the laser hits a rough or irregular surface, it can be slowed down or even stopped. The air assist helps to move any debris from the kerf (the area being cut), allowing the laser to make a clean, deep cut. This makes your final product look more professional and reduces the chances of making a mistake or having to redo your work - which we all know is frustrating and expensive.
Next, an air assist helps to keep your lens clean. Lasers generate a lot of heat, smoke, and fumes and can cause debris to stick to the lens. This debris can be extremely difficult to remove, and if it's not removed, can cause your laser to not be able to cut effectively, in the short-term, and can cause permanent damage to your lens in the long-term. With an air assist, any debris is quickly blown away from the lens, keeping it clean and protected. This not only helps to extend the lifespan of your laser engraver but also makes it easier to use and maintain.
Watch this video from The Edge of Tech to get a great rundown of air assists
When it comes to placement, you want the air assist to be around 2mm from the point at which the laser contacts the material being burned (again, the kerf). The air assist should be at a 45-degree angle to the material, to ensure that the air flow helps to clear away any debris correctly. A 2mm nozzle diameter will get ideal airflow to the kerf with a 65L-80L commercial air pump. When it comes to pressure, aim to stay between 10psi - 25psi.
Finally, the air assist is just plain fun to use! It adds a whole new level of excitement to your laser engraving and cutting projects. When you see the laser beam cutting through materials with ease and the air assist keeping everything clean, you'll feel like a laser-engraving master!
All-in-all, an air assist for your laser engraver/cutter is an absolute must-have. Whether you're a professional woodworker or just enjoy DIY projects, an air assist will help you get the best results from your laser machine. It's affordable, easy to install and will quickly become your new best friend. Don't botch another job - get an air assist today and start creating amazing projects with your laser!