And here the most exciting part: how to tame the beast?!
The machine could be used in main mode via USB-PC/MAC controlled and the usual software: Lightburn or LaserGRBL. Other utilization mode is possible due to the motherboard Makerbase MKS DLC 32, the card incorporates a WIFI circuit that allows remote control through a web-interface, or a Smartphone application called MksLaser. For my point of view the set-up is quite technical and I prefer to use the USB mode. Models and profiles are provided in the micro-SD card.
For the tests, I used both the one the micro-SD and some personal ones; all of them were designed with Lightburn software and were performed on different material as acrylic, glass, mirror, tiles; wood (pine, plywood) and anodized aluminum. To be noted that the speed/power will be different based on the support used, the research of the best couple must be done for each type of support.
I was amazed by the quality of the engraving with an accuracy 0.08mm, the end stop switch facilitates the piece alignment and successive engraving at the same position (very useful for professional uses).
The focus makes the use so easier both in manual mode (by lowering or raising the head with precision through a wheel) or using the autofocus on the Z axis (optimal focus done automatically through a probe to detect the surface and automatically adjust the height as is done on 3D printers for bed levelling).
As the focus will be different if you are engraving or cutting, the manufacturer provided specific profiles for each modality on Lightburn or LaserGRBL, that allow smooth change in modality with “one click” autofocus.
The most remarkable dispositive is the Air assist system, that drastically reduces the staining of the material due to the fume. The advanced technology enables the spot reach up to 0.08 mm, and get much cleaner, thinner, smoother, deeper cuts.
I successfully cut in one passage 6mm plywood and 28mm pine with manual move of Z axis at each passage.
The TS2 Laser engraver, is equipped of passive and active safety device.
To prevent user injury, the probe that has a shield to prevent a ray from bouncing and hurting your eyes, the frontage displays a large red plexiglass that filters the light of the laser; allowing you to look at the engraving or cutting; without replacing the safety glasses offered by TwoTrees.
The probe is also equipped of a flame sensor coupled with an alarm lamp on the housing and a gyroscope to stop engraving in case of major 30-degree lift. However, in these cases only the laser is cut but not the machine and the gyroscope are not sensitive to lateral displacement.
In any case, some security advice to avoid great damages: always keep your machine in sight and don’t let a job get done without your supervision. Some wood could have toxic component liberated when it is burns, use the machine in a ventilated place and wear a mask.