28 Jun '14, 11pm

Fold-out Laser Cutter Prototype Promises Portability (But Maybe Not Safety)

They may be able to do that, any hinged sections would have to have overlapping seams. A cabinet for a laser cutter needs space underneath too, since the laser cuts through the material. Also some kind of exhaust handler as well (which for a lot of shops might not be an issue). Co2 laser containment is fairly easy as acrylic or other clear plastic is opaque to to Co2′s wavelength. The thing is, the laser would need to be made in such a way that the laser would not function without the cabinet in place. It’s easy to say ‘but we included a cabinet’ with a wink, knowing the customer won’t use it, which is why there are regulations regarding this stuff. The CDRH has all of the requirements, they provide the end goal, you put all the puzzle pieces together to reach it and maybe they approve of it.

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2014/06/28/fold-out-laser-cutter-prot...

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