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Lotus Laser Cutters

Blu125

Blu125 with its choice of 100w or 200w tube maximises margins and gives the freedom to create more challenging designs as well as increasing the number of users that can gain access to the laser cutter during a single day. Process times and the ability to cut larger format, thicker materials are key priorities for heavier users of laser cutting machines. Blu125 is the largest of our enclosed (Class 2), plotter based, flying optic CO2 laser cutting and engraving systems. At 1250 x 900mm the working area of Blu125 is significantly larger than competing models in this class, and a very reliable, low maintenance machine. Blu125 has a standard 2” lens with optional, interchangeable lenses of 1.5” and 4” are to provide for a variety of beam profiles and focal point sizes to cover all of the most likely applications.

 

Designed, assembled, configured and tested in the UK to CE and RoHSII regulations, Blu DC is a robust laser cutter from a manufacturer with over 20 years’ experience

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Features

Industrial Grade Chiller Unit

Industrial Grade Chiller Unit

All Blu laser cutters are supplied with industrial grade recirculating water cooling units which are electronically connected to the laser and protected by a flow sensor for safety. Increasing the performance and life of the tube.

Excellent CAD/CAM Software

Excellent CAD/CAM Software

All Blu model systems come with easy-to-use, feature enriched Lotus Cut software which is compatible with common industry artwork formats.

Lamella Bar Cutting Table

Lamella Bar Cutting Table

The lamellas reduce flash back and can sustain heavyweight objects. They are easy to remove, clean and cheap to replace.

Underside Extraction

Underside Extraction

The underside extraction table delivers a well-balanced degree of vacuum and airflow which reduces flaming and improves cutting edge quality.

Graded DC Laser Source

Graded DC Laser Source

Our laser tubes are inspected and thoroughly tested in the UK.

Air Assisted Nosecone

Air Assisted Nosecone

An extra-large bore air assist tube delivers high rates of air flow protecting the lens and improving cut edge quality.

Specification

 
Net Weight & Dimensions

Width                      1800mm

Depth                      1600mm

Height                     1050mm

Weight                   325g

Gross (Created) Weight & Dimensions

Width                      1940mm

Depth                      1710mm

Height                     1350mm

Weight                   470kg

Cooling Unit

Gross (WxDxH)                    420 x 690 x 570mm         25kg

Net (WxDxH)                         280 x 580 x 430mm         20kg

Laser Source

DC excited, water-cooled, minimum100w or 200w output @ 10.6um

Positioning (red dot) pointer 655mm

Power Requirement

Single Phase       230v 50/60Hz

Computer

Operating System             Windows

Connection                           USB max 3m

Exhaust Requirements

It is mandatory to operate a correctly configured exhaust

Performance variable according to application

Number of exhaust ports 2

Port OD 100mm

Performance

Scanning mode                   1000mm/sec

Vector mode                         50mm/sec

Safety & Security

Laser class 2 interlocked              CE

Emergency Stop                                   RoHS

Key switch power on/off

Miscellaneous

LED cabinet lights                                                 Buffer with 99 file capacity

Controller with LCD display                           PC connections by 3m USB cable

Direct connection by USB stick                    Coaxial air assist

Cutting nosecone (1 per lens)                      Air assist pump

Table Configuration

89 x Lamella bar cutting table                     Lamellas at 15mm centres

Z axis max travel 100mm                                Centralised underside exhaust

Maximum Part Load

X 1250mm                                                                    Y 900mm

Z 1.5” lens 165mm                                               Weight 30kg

Z 2.0” lens 140mm

Z 2.5” lens 125mm

Z 4.0” lens   90mm

Evironmental Requirements

Ambient temp. within 15-30c                      300mm min. clearance at sides

Do not store above or box in                         Rest on floor level within 3mm

Ventilate room well                                            Comply with local regulations

Do not power by generator                            Direct data cable connection

Keep away from vibration, high humidity, dampness, unstable power supply, direct sunlight, equipment making dust particles, drafts, corrosive substances, combustible substances etc.

Warranty (T&C's Apply)

Main system 2 years                                          Labour variable by territory

Laser source 1-year                                            Optics 3 months

Warranty upgradeable to 5 years at extra cost

Service contracts available at extra cost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extraction

 

Blu 125 Air 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 1500 iQ

BOFA’s AD 1500 iQ high end laser extraction system combines

extremely large filter capacity with high airflow and pressure rates,

making it the ideal choice for heavy duty applications that generate

large amounts of particulate and gaseous organic compounds.

Performance has now been further enhanced with the inclusion of

several new features including BOFA’s new iQ Operating System,

making the new AD 1500 iQ one of the most advanced system

available.

 

Standard Features

• High airflow and pressure rates

• Reverse flow filter technology

• DeepPleat DUO pre filter

• Combined HEPA/Gas filter incorporating ACF technology

• Automatic flow control system

• Real time airflow reading

• Independent filter condition monitoring, display and warnings

• High contrast display

• ‘Run safe’ operation

• Remote diagnostics via USB

 

Optional Features

• Smart Filter technology

• VOC gas sensor (Volatile Organic Compound)

• Remote stop / start interface

• Filter change / System fail signal

• Interfacing with host laser

• On-board compressor

• Optional filter media’s

The BOFA 1500 IQ Air Extraction Unit

 

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.

The Vent-Axia direct to air extraction unit

 

Materials Used

 

Engrave

Cut

Wood

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Acrylic

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Fabric * *

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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Matte Board

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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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Fiberglass

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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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Stainless Steel

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Brass

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Titanium

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Bare Metal

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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 using the LotusCut software, enter the correct speed and power settings for your material and then send it to print on the laser.

 

Do I need to use a dedicated graphic software package?

All Lotus laser systems come with our versatile LotusCut software package which can accept a wide variety of file formats.

 

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?

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.

 

What does a Chiller do?

DC (Direct Current) glass laser tubes can become very hot and cause them to fail. The chiller circulates deionised water around the system keeping it cool.

 

Is it safe to use?

The LotusMark software is Windows based and connected to the laser via USB to a max length 2.5m.

Your standard off the shelf laptop is adequate.

 

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 Lotus Blu 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 directs a constant stream of air through the nose cone onto your cutting surface to remove heat and combustible gases from the work area, giving better results when cutting.

 

Can I engrave cylindrical items?

No. The Blu systems do not currently have a rotary device option available.

 

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 the engraving table size, and laser wattage (ranging from 30 watts to 200 watts). They can be bought outright or leased through one of our finance partners. For more information on how to own your own laser please contact our sales team.

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