I recently purchased an Ortur Laser Master 3 LE . It worked fine for about a month and then began clicking when homing in the X axis. After initiating a support ticket it turns out the problem was simply poor Quality Control. I also had Quality Control issues with my Ortur Laser Master 3 that I purchased as well.
One of the claims to fame of the Laser Master 3 LE is that the X rail is preassembled. This simplifies, and speeds up assembly time. And herein lies the problem. It was preassembled POORLY.
Some years back I owned an Ortur Laser Master 2 and coupled it with the Ortur Rotary YRR 2.0. It seemed like setting it up was a dark art back then. I’ve since sold both of them and upgraded to an Ortur Laser Master 3 and now have added the Ortur Rotary YRR 3.0.
Just like the Ortur Rotary Chuck YRC 1.0 the damned thing does NOT directly hook up to their own lasers. The Laser Master 3, which is their flagship laser, comes with an adapter cable that you must use. This makes no sense to me that the either rotary device that Ortur offers doesn’t contain the cabling you need to connect it. That’s insane.
Laser engravers need an air assist pump. Not “should I get an air assist”? You need one. Period. An air assist pushes particles and soot away from your job giving you a cleaner engraving. They maximize efficiency in cutting and prevent flame ups and fires. They keep your optical glass clean. For years I have been using a Hydroponic pump ($60) which quite honestly works great and is about half the price of an xTool Air Assist pump ($139)
And yet something happened that made me make the switch to the xTool Air Pump.
When I would plug this air assist in or unplug it, my monitor would either go blank or corrupt the signal. I would then have to turn it off and then back on to restore the picture.
Then once or twice I had laser jobs just stop mid stream for no reason.
My first suspect was this air pump and I was able to confirm this was the culprit by simply plugging it into another electrical outlet. Actually, I completely isolated it by plugging it into a portable power supply, a Jackery 500.
No matter what I did I could not reproduce the laser failure with the air pump on another circuit.
I own several desktop diode lasers. And I frequently try to get my hands on as many laser engravers as I can. I belong to several online laser forums on Facebook, Reddit, and I follow most of the laser manufacturers on Instagram. Frequently I am stunned and amazed at the level of laser engraving problems that I read about daily in those forums.
I got my first desktop diode laser in 2020 which is about the time they hit the scene. Since that time I have probably owned 12 or 15 lasers. I get them, play with them, and blog about them. Then I sell them or give them away.
Strangely enough, I have just not ever experienced any of these problems I read about. Or it is maybe safer to say that I’ve only seen them once or twice.
Some of the more common problems that I want to discuss are: