So the new 24w laser is drawing a lot of attention. I’m was going to pull the trigger on a 14w laser just before the announcement but not having any experience with a laser I realize bigger may not always be better. I want to be able to engrave and cut materials. Specifically, I’d like to make basic kids puzzles or engrave a picture on a carve, etc. I understand that the spot size is important for doing pictures so you get the right detail.
I’d rather buy once, cry once so I’m willing to pay the higher price for the 24w if it means there’s a significant gain in flexibility, but with the 0.08-0.1mm spot am I sacrificing a lot on the detail side of engraving?
I’d wait for people to get them in use and show it works well when dialed in. The video 1F produced shows a very powerful and aggressive burn but every project they hold up is charred and smoked to smithereens. IMO it would have been better to show the best result and if that IS it, I’m not sure more is better with this type of laser.
I would wait. There were several people who posted in the announcement thread that they just purchased a 14w laser. One or two people may want to upgrade and sell their 14w one at a reasonable price. If the 14w will work for you the new 24w could save you some money.
J-Tech versus xTool D1.
Confused as to the utility of spending almost the same $$ on the J-Tech versus the xTool D1. The cut area is a major advantage but the rotary does not exist for the 1F(yet).