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Epilog Zing

Zing 16 Epilog Laser Engraver

The Zing 16 is the entry-level model in our product line. This compact but extremely robust laser provides a 16" x 12" (406 x 305mm) work area, with the highest-quality engraving up to 1000dpi. The Zing series offers affordability whilst boasting many features our larger models including an all metal chassis, high speed stepper motors, shielded roller bearing assembly and waveguide laser tube up to 40 watts. This easy-to-use laser is simple to setup and combined with the Epilog user friendly dashboard makes it an ideal starter package.

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Features

CO2 Waveguide Laser Tubes by Epilog

CO2 Waveguide Laser Tubes by Epilog

CO2 lasers operate when CO2 gas in a sealed tube is excited by RF energy. The laser emits optical energy in the form of an invisible infrared beam that may be used for engraving, marking or cutting on a variety of materials.

There is a large difference in the beam created by different laser tubes. Oval-shaped beams, inconsistent power stability and slow switching rates all contribute to images that are not as crisp and clean as images produced by an Epilog Laser system with Waveguide laser technology.

The patented Waveguide laser tubes used in Epilog's laser systems produce the best beam quality in the industry. With higher CO2 gas pressure, less stringent mirror alignment requirements, faster switching rates and smaller bore, Epilog's laser tubes provide the highest-quality engraving and cutting results available

High-Speed Stepper Motors

High-Speed Stepper Motors

Epilog’s high-speed stepper motors are a key component for our machine’s motion control system, as they allow the laser head to be accurately positioned at all times. By using pulse signals for guidance, these high-speed stepper motors allow for more accurate movements, rotation angles and speed controls. They also hold their position well, meaning the laser head will not deviate from the position you designate as “home”. Despite their small size, stepper motors can generate high torque, which allows for quick acceleration and response, enabling the laser to create accurate engraving and cutting results on all of your projects

Epilog Zing Long-Life Lenses

Epilog Zing Long-Life Lenses

Industrial-grade ZnSe lenses and single crystal silicon mirrors rated to over 500 watts are an integral part of Epilog's Crystal Clear™ Optics System. Keeping laser optics clean and aligned is an important part of keeping your optics performing their best, and it starts with fully accessible front-mounted mirrors that can be easily removed and replaced without affecting beam alignment.

Easily interchangeable focus lenses make the optics system in the Zing Starter Series exceptionally easy to maintain.

Air Assist Curtain

Air Assist Curtain

Depending upon the material, you may notice some flare-ups as the laser is cutting. While not dangerous to you, it can scorch the edges of the material.

To reduce this problem, Epilog includes the Air Assist Curtain assembly as standard equipment on all Zing Laser systems.

Air Assist is most commonly used in vector cutting applications to remove heat and combustible gases from the cutting surface.

By directing a constant stream of compressed air across the cutting surface, the possibility of flaming, scorching and charring is reduced when cutting materials such as wood, acrylic and rubber.

The Air Assist assembly can be easily connected to a standard compressed air supply (30 psi max) or the optional stand-alone compressor offered by Epilog.

Epilog Zing Red Dot Pointer

Epilog Zing Red Dot Pointer

The Red Dot Pointer provides a visible red laser beam that is a helpful tool for providing a visible means of determining the engraving or cutting location within the engraving table on oddly-shaped items.

Epilog Laser users often use the Red Dot Pointer to preview the engraving or cutting position on a project. By sending over the job with the Red Dot Pointer enabled but the door to the laser open, the laser tube will not fire, but they can see exactly where the laser is going to engrave or cut the job.

If engraving on an irregularly-shaped item, like a knife handle, you can draw a box around the text or image you are engraving, print it to the laser, and run it with the Red Dot Pointer on to see if everything is lined up before you ever engrave it. This saves you time and anxiety, especially when engraving on a special, one off piece!

 

Epilog Zing Laser Dashboard™

Epilog Zing Laser Dashboard™

Epilog Laser's print driver is the most functional and user-friendly in the industry.

The Laser Dashboard™ controls your laser's settings from a wide range of software packages - from design programs to spreadsheet applications to CAD drawing packages.

As the interface to the laser, the Laser Dashboard makes the features you use most often accessible at the touch of a button.

This interactive device will allow you to control all of your engraving projects, from your simplest to the most complex

Epilog Zing Colour Mapping

Epilog Zing Colour Mapping

For more advanced project layout, Epilog's Colour Mapping feature helps you quickly set up your designs for faster run time and more precise lasering. Colour Mapping allows you assign different speed, power and frequency settings to different colours in your design. There there's no need to run separate jobs on one project - the Colour Mapping dictates where and when to cut and/or engrave.

For projects that you want to dictate what the laser engraves first, second, etc, use raster colour mapping to set the engraving order. With the right setup, you can cut significant time off complicated engraving projects

Epilog Zing True Ethernet Networking Capabilities™

Epilog Zing True Ethernet Networking Capabilities™

Epilog's Quick Connect™ system gives you the most connection options of any laser system. Choose either a high-speed 10 Base T Ethernet connection or connect the laser to your computer using a USB cable.

In addition to higher transfer speeds, the Ethernet connection provides the most reliable data transfer over long distances.

Network your laser to all of the computers in your building or more than one laser to each computer, providing you with the maximum efficiency for expanding your business.

Specification

Engraving Area

16" x 12" 
(406 x 305 mm)

Maximum Material Thickness

4.5" (114 mm)

Laser Wattage

30 or 40 watts

Laser Source

State-of-the-art, digitally controlled, air-cooled CO2 laser tube, fully modular, permanently aligned and field replaceable.

Intelligent Memory Capacity

Multiple file storage up to 64 MB. Rolling buffer allows files of any size to be engraved.

Air Assist

Attach an air compressor to our included Air Assist to remove heat and combustible gases from the cutting surface by directing a constant stream of compressed air across the cutting surface.

Laser Dashboard

The Laser Dashboard™ controls your Epilog Laser's settings from a wide range of software packages - from design programs to spreadsheet applications to CAD drawing packages.

Red Dot Pointer

Since the laser beam is invisible, the Red Dot Pointer on Epilog's Zing Laser allows you to have a visual reference for locating where the laser will fire.

Relocatable Home

When engraving items that are not easily placed at the top corner of the laser, you can set a new home position by hand with the convenient Movable Home Position feature on the Zing Laser.

Operating Modes

Optimised raster, vector or combined modes.

Motion Control System

High-speed micro stepper motors.

X-Axis Bearings

Shielded Roller Bearing Assembly on a Ceramic Coated Aluminium Guide Rail.

Belts

Advanced B-style Kevlar Belts.

Resolution

User controlled from 100 to 1000 dpi.

Speed and Power Control

Computer or manually control speed and power in 1% increments to 100%.

Vector colour mapping links speed, power and focus to any RGB colour.

Print Interface

10 Base-T Ethernet or USB Connection. Compatible with Windows® XP/Vista/7/8.

Size (W x D x H)

28.75" x 22.125” x 11.75”
(730 x 562 x 298 mm)

Weight

95 lbs (43 kg)

Electrical Requirements

240 volts, 50 or 60 Hz, single phase, 15 amp AC.

Maximum Table Weight

Static table weight of 50 lbs (22.7 kg) and a lifting table weight of 25 lbs (11.5 kg).

Ventilation System

External exhaust or internal filtration system is required.

There is one output port, 4" in diameter.

Extraction

Fume Extraction

What is Laser Fume?

Lasers are now an essential tool in industry for cutting, marking and engraving a vast range of materials. In virtually all these operations some form of fume is given off as the laser thermally decomposes the substrate to a greater or lesser degree. This fume is a mixture of particulate and gaseous matter.

Fume from materials such as metals and glass is mainly particulate, the majority of which is less than 1µ (micron) in diameter. Organic materials, particularly plastics, produce much more complex fumes which require a greater level of extraction. Most of the particles are spherical and roughly 90% by weight are less than 1µ in diameter. These particles fall within the respirable range and need to be removed from the working environment to prevent bronchial or lung damage. These gaseous organic compounds produced are known as Volatile Organic Compounds, VOC's.

CSI have teamed up with BOFA International to offer a range of self contained fume extraction systems to suit your chosen laser and create a safe working environment.

BOFA AD 350 PC

BOFA’s Advantage 350 fume extraction and filtration system has been designed to provide a cost effective solution for light duty applications. This compact and extremely quiet system is ideal for use in schools, sign making workshops, small scale industrial environments and light laser coding applications.

Data Sheet

Standard Features

  • Digital flow control system
  • Blower with high airflow and pressure
  • Low cost replacement filters
  • Low noise levels
  • Filter condition indicator

Optional Features

  • VOC gas sensor (Volatile Organic Compound)
  • Remote stop/start interface
  • Filter change / System fail signal

BOFA AD 350

Direct to Air

Depending location and site requirements it may be possible to use direct-to-air fume extraction for your laser with a simple 'in line' fan or utilise an existing in house system. Please consult with our engineering team to discuss options.

Data Sheet

Vent-Axia

Accessories

We offer a range of optional accessories to enhance your laser and help you get the most out of your system.

Vector Cutting Grid

Vector Cutting Grid

Create better edge quality when laser cutting

The Vector Cutting Grid on the Epilog Zing laser is used to lift materials being cut above the work surface. This allows the laser beam to pass cleanly through the material you are cutting and dramatically reduces underside reflections. The air space below the vector grid is connected to the exhaust, so smoke is removed not only from the top side of the material, but also from the underside.

Air Compressor

Air Compressor

Avoid flame flaring and remove combustible gases when cutting.

The air compressor is designed to work with the included air assist feature of your laser system. It directs a constant stream of air onto your cutting surface to remove heat and combustible gases from the work area. This high-quality air compressor unit feeds 30 psi of air through the air assist structure, giving you the best cutting results available. The rubber vibration-dampening feet reduce the noise level of the compressor, and connection is a breeze with our quick-connect inlet and outlet ports on the compressor and the laser system.

Corel Draw X7

Corel Draw X7

Comprehensive graphic design software

Create Graphics and text to output to your laser using CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7. This powerful software package opens up a world of creative possibilities bound only by your imagination.  It is simple to use with workspaces that reflect your natural workflow, so that everything is right where you need it, when you need it. Whether you're creating a simple label or more complex images, this complete suite of graphic design software helps you design your way.

With the newly redesigned, completely customisable interface, you choose your workspace based on your skill level, so everything is tailored exactly to your needs. You can also set your workspace to look like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, making it an easy switch for former Creative Suite users.

We've included tons of learning materials to help you get familiar with CorelDRAW and all its exciting new features. Keep your designs fresh with new community-generated content available through the integrated Content Exchange, where you can share vector, bitmap and fountain fills. Get inspired; showcase your handiwork and upload the ones you like best.

PhotoLaser Plus

PhotoLaser Plus

Optimise photographs and images for laser engraving

PhotoLaser Plus software is specifically designed to automatically process and enhance photographs for laser engraving on all types of materials. Epilog  has partnered with CADLink to bring you the industry’s best photo processing software: PhotoLaser Plus. The easy-to-use software interface and powerful photo processing tools allow you to create the highest-quality photo engravings in the industry.

Materials Used

 

Engrave

Cut

Wood

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Acrylic

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Glass

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Coated Metals

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Ceramics

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Delrin

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Cloth

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Leather

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Marble

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Card

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Melamine

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Paper

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Mylar

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Pressboard

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Rubber

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Wood Veneer

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Fibreglass

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Painted Metals

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Tiles

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Plastic

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Cork

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Corian

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Anodised Aluminium

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Twill

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Stainless Steel

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Brass

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Titanium

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Bare Metal

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Co2 lasers will mark bare metals when coated with a metal marking solution prior to lasering

 

FAQ

What is a laser?

The word LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. In basic terms it is a source of light energy that is concentrated in a small area using a series of mirrors and a lens. Rather like concentrating the energy of the Sun through a magnifying glass to burn on a hole in paper on a hot summer's day!

What are the advantages with a laser system?

If you are comparing a laser with mechanical engraving then there are several advantages. Laser engravers are generally faster than mechanical systems. They are very quiet and a lot cleaner. There are no mechanical forces used in the engraving process so there is no need to clamp or stick your material to the bed. You don't have to worry about the tool size or how sharp it is, the laser uses the same spot size whether the image is 2.5 x 2.5mm or 250 x 250mm. You can use any typeface on your computer and logos are as easy to engrave as text.

How easy is it to use?

Think of a laser as you would a standard printer which you have at home or in the office and that instead of ink you have light energy. You create your image as you would for a normal document in black and white and then send it to print on the laser through the Epilog driver or 'Dashboard'. If you already work with graphic design software, you can be up and running in minutes! There is no proprietary software to learn so you can use the programs that you are already familiar with to make the transition into laser engraving as smooth as possible. 
It will take a bit of trial and error to learn what speed and power settings to use with different materials, but we include a comprehensive guide with your system that has recommended speed and power settings for various materials with which you will be working

Do I need to use a dedicated graphic software package?

Epilog laser systems do not require proprietary software. They are open architecture which means you can use most mainstream graphic software to create your images and then send them directly to print on the laser via the Epilog driver (dashboard).

What sort of images can I engrave or cut?

You can engrave scanned photos, logos, bitmaps, other images, text, and AutoCAD files. Essentially, if you can print it, you can engrave it. To cut, you will need a vector based graphic, such as an .eps or Illustrator file and again if you can create it the laser will cut it! Keep in mind the higher the quality of the graphic you're working with, the better your engraving results

What materials can I engrave or cut?

Epilog offers 2 types of laser source. Co2 gas and Fiber solid

With a Co2 laser you can engrave and/or cut a vast array of materials including paper, card, textiles, leather, wood and plastics to name but a few. With metals a Co2 laser requires the material to have some sort of pre treatment such as lacquer, anodising or compound like CerMark or Thermark. Glass can be marked directly or also with the aid of a compound. Please note that glass or metal cannot be cut using a Co2 laser source.

 A Fiber laser operates at a totally different wave length to that of a Co2 and is designed as a marking tool mainly for metals and industrial plastics. The benefit of using a Fiber laser is that these materials can be marked directly without the need for pre or post treatments. A fiber laser will not cut materials.

Is it safe to use?

Yes, the laser is completely safe to operate. It is a Class 2 laser - 1mW CW Maximum 600-700 nm, which means that the laser is secured with interlock devices so it will not run with the doors of the system open. No special safety gear is required to run the laser.

What are the computer requirements?

Investing in a new computer is a great way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your new laser equipment. A good computer won’t make a huge difference in how your laser runs, but when compared to a slow computer it will save untold amounts of time and frustration setting up the artwork that you “print” to the laser. Many users do not purchase new computers for use with their new laser because their current computers are perfectly adequate. There’s no magical cut-off that makes a computer too slow. If you’re comfortable with the performance and speed of your current computer, there’s probably no reason to purchase another one. The following recommendations are just options to consider if a new computer is necessary.

A new computer doesn’t have to be expensive to work well! Even many of today’s lower-cost computers work well for laser applications. As long as you don’t buy the cheapest computer you can find you should be fine. One thing to avoid is the Intel Celeron processor – while they are good processors, and will work with the laser, they don’t process graphics with the speed most laser user's desire.

  • Operating System: All new Epilog lasers are designed to work with all versions of Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 or 8 operating systems. The Fusion Laser Series is also compatible with Mac operating systems OS X 10.7 and higher.
  • RAM (Random Access Memory): 512 MB is recommended. RAM is kind of like short-term memory. It’s fast, readily available for the computer to access and makes time consuming tasks go much quicker if you have lots of it. Most users won’t notice a difference if they add more than 512 MB to their system, but almost all uses will notice the speed difference that 512 MB provides when compared to 256 MB (256 MB is essentially the next step down from 512 MB).
  • Processor Speed: A faster processor will allow you to do more tasks in less time. While it’s not necessary to purchase the fastest processor available, you’ll want either an AMD Athalon processor or an Intel Pentium IV processor (do not purchase a computer that is using an Intel Celeron processor – they’re too slow for graphics applications). Processor speeds are always improving, but processor speeds of about 2.0 GHz or faster are a good place to start.
  • 10/100 Network Interface Card (NIC): All new computers have a 10/100 network connection as standard equipment. As well as allowing multiple computers to be linked together in a network, this technology also allows direct printing from the computer to the Epilog system. Epilog supplies a network Crossover cable with each laser system that allows one computer to print to a single Epilog system.
  • 20-30 GB Hard Drive: This is the permanent memory in your computer. Many users feel that you can never have a large enough hard drive, but for most laser applications 20 or 30 GB’s is going to be adequate for years of storage. Luckily, most computer manufacturers put at least 20 GB drives in new computers these days. When in doubt, buy bigger than you think you might need. It’s so inexpensive that it’s worth the peace of mind to have it available

 

Why do I need fume extraction?

When laser marking or cutting materials they will give off some form of fume as the laser thermally decomposes the substrate to a greater or lesser degree. This fume is a mixture of particulate and gaseous matter.

Fume from materials such as metals and glass is mainly particulate, the majority of which is less than 1µ (micron) in diameter. Organic materials, particularly plastics, produce much more complex fumes which require a greater level of extraction. Most of the particles are spherical and roughly 90% by weight are less than 1µ in diameter. These particles fall within the respirable range and need to be removed from the working environment to prevent bronchial or lung damage. These gaseous organic compounds produced are known as Volatile Organic Compounds, VOC's.

Your Epilog laser must have some form of fume extraction fitted. This can be a simple in line fan ducted from the laser direct to open air or a self contained fume extraction system to suit your chosen laser and create a safe working environment.

What does the air compressor do?

The air compressor is designed to work with the included air assist feature of your laser system. It directs a constant stream of air onto your cutting surface to remove heat and combustible gases from the work area. This jet of air is pushed through the air assist structure, giving better results when cutting.

Can I engrave cylindrical items?  

You can engrave onto cylindrical items using one of Epilog's rotary attachments. These devices are extremely user friendly ,easy to fit and accommodate various diameters depending on the laser model:

  • Zing 24: 5.25" (133.35 mm)
  • Mini 18: 3" (76.2 mm)
  • Mini 24: 5" (127 mm)
  • Helix 24: 8" (203.2 mm)
  • Fusion 32: 10.75" (273 mm)
  • Fusion 40: 10.75" (273 mm)
  • FiberMark 24: 4" (101.6 mm)
  • FiberMark Fusion: 7.75" (196.85 mm)
  • 3-Jaw Chuck Style Rotary: 6.5" (165.1 mm)

Which materials are unsafe to engrave or cut?

Hydrogen Chloride and Vinyl Chloride (mostly found in PVC and other man made materials) are hazardous to the life of your laser system. Engraving and cutting these materials can cause irreversible damage to your machine, so determining the components of your cutting and engraving materials is extremely important. Materials, such as Kydex, contain PVC.

Try to determine the chemical makeup of any product prior to lasering. Where possible request a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). This sheet is designed to provide the proper procedures for handling or working with a particular substrate and contain the elements used to make up the material. It will also indicate whether or not it contains elements that are potentially harmful to you or your engraving system.

What is the cost of a laser?

The cost of our various laser systems is determined by speed (stepper vs. servo motors), engraving table size, and laser wattage (ranging from 30 watts to 120 watts). They can be bought outright or leased through one of our finance partners. Our entry level laser is the 30 watt Zing 16 and can be leased for as little as £45 per week subject to terms and conditions. For more information on how to own your own laser please contact our sales team.

 

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