Fiber Laser


We now have a fiber laser that is used for metal and non-metal etching. It is not for cutting but will etch nice text and graphics onto a variety of materials.

It uses the same Lightburn software as the larger laser cutters

Basic workflow for flat objects:

  1. Power on:
    1. Make sure the design and control PC is running
    2. Turn on the Z-axis controller (used for focusing), it’s a small red switch on the side of the Z-axis controller box.
    3. Turn on the laser with the key switch on the front of the “GoldMark” box
  2. Design or import your intended design in Lightburn. Set the speed to 2000 mm/s, power to 100%, and frequency to 40 Hz. This is a good starting point for most materials.

    (For plastics and other non-metal materials set the frequency to 60 Hz, power to 30% and keep speed at 2000 mm/s)

  3. Place your object on the stage and adjust the focal distance:
    1. Press the UP or DN buttons on the small black box next to the laser enclosure.
    2. Use the 350mm spacer to measure from the face of your object to the top of the black tape on the laser heaad. Alternatively, you’re measuring to the seam in the middle of the silver portion of the laser head.
  4. Press the Start or Frame button in the Laser window. This will NOT start the burn.
    1. It brings up the “Live Framing” window and starts the low power framing laser that shows where you will being marking.
    2. Position your workpiece where you want the burn to take place.
    3. Close the door on the enclosure
    4. Press the Start button in the “Live Framing” window. This starts the actual burn.

That’s it!

Sit back and admire the magnificence of your laser etched workpiece!

When you have finished with your session, please turn the laser and Z-axis controller off and clean up the workspace around the laser.

Have fun!

List of Burnable Materials

  • Metals
    • Aluminum
    • Gold
    • Silver
    • Copper
    • Stainless Steel
    • Brass
    • Titanium
    • Tungsten
  • Non-metals
    • Colored Acrylic
    • Hard Plastics
    • Brick
    • Granite
    • Marble
    • Tile
    • Nylon
    • ABS
    • Ceramic
    • River Rock
    • Precious Stones
    • Marble
    • Artificial Leather
    • Cardboard

Tool Masters

These members have the most knowledge and use of the laser cutter. Please make sure you check out with one of them before using the laser for the first time.