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Epilog 60 Watt Helix Laser


This machine is capable of rapidly cutting out complex two-dimensional geometry in a variety of materials. Additionally, the machine has the ability to etch or engrave designs and images on the surface of the material. Because of the ease of operation and how quickly it cuts, it makes this machine ideal for rapid prototyping and for checking the form and fit of objects.


  • Work Area
    X (front-back) 18.0 in 457 mm
    Y (left-right) 24.0 in 610 mm
    Z (up-down) 8.5 in 216 mm
  • Power: 60 Watts
  • Laser Type: CO2
  • Model: Epilog Helix

How to use

Drawing sheets from CAD can be “printed” to the printer from Illustrator (No CAM required)

Running Laser Cutter

Approved Materials:

  • Plywood
  • Acrylic
  • Delrin/Acetal Plastic

NOTE: PVC MAY NOT BE CUT ON THE LASER. Poisonous Chlorine gas is produced.

Speed, Power, Frequency and DPI settings

Here is an abreviated list of the manufacturer recommended settings for various materials. A more complete list can be found in [Laser material Settings][2]

Material DPI/Freq Speed Power
  Cutting 1/8" 100 Hz 20 100
  Cutting 1/4" 5000 Hz 12 100
  Engraving 300 DPI 90 25
Plastic (2 layer engraveable)
  Engraving 300 DPI 90 65
  Cutting 1/8" 5000 Hz 30 85
  Engraving 300 DPI 40 100
  Cutting 1/4" 500 Hz 20 100

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