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Fiber Lasers

G2 Galvo

The G2 galvo laser allows metals and industrial plastics to be marked quickly and accurately without the need for any pre or postproduction treatments. Utilising a unique dynamic focus lens technology, the G2 offers engraving areas of 4” x 4” (101 x 101mm) up to 24” x 24” (609 x 609mm) and can produce a wide variety of marks including polished, annealed ablated as well as deep engraving. The system can be driven from most mainstream graphics software packages and the user-friendly Job Manager makes the G2 simple to operate. It’s the perfect machine for quick, high volume label and part marking.

 

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Features

Highest Speed Engraving Over Largest Work Area

Highest Speed Engraving Over Largest Work Area

The galvo beam delivery of the G2 is enhanced with a moving dynamic-focus lens for even engraving over a large area.

Adjustable Engraving Area

Adjustable Engraving Area

Quickly change between a 4" (101 mm), 16" (406 mm) and 24" (609 mm) etching area based on your marking needs - all inside a Class 2 laser system enclosure.

Use the Software of Your Choice

Use the Software of Your Choice

Create your projects for the laser using the software you already use - AutoCAD, CorelDRAW, Illustrator, BarTender, and more

High Volume Multi-Piece Marking

High Volume Multi-Piece Marking

Engrave an entire table full of parts at one time with no dedicated operator changing parts

Telescoping Dynamic Focus Lens

Telescoping Dynamic Focus Lens

A telescoping third-axis lens moves on the horizontal axis to adjust the focal distance for a consistent spot size across the table.

Change Your Work Area without Changing Lenses

Change Your Work Area without Changing Lenses

Choose your engraving area - up to 24" x 24" (609 mm) - by selecting the table size on the keypad without the need to change lenses between marking jobs

Louvered Ventilation for Less Maintenance

Louvered Ventilation for Less Maintenance

The better your system is vented, the cleaner it will be. Open and close louveres to optimize the ventilation in your engraving space

Fit Your Largest Parts on the Table

Fit Your Largest Parts on the Table

The marking area will fit up to 29" x 27" x 36.3" (736 x 685 x 922 mm) parts and tools within the saftey-enclosed Class 2 laser cabinet

Incredibly Fast 2m/sec Marking Speeds

Incredibly Fast 2m/sec Marking Speeds

Take advantage of the G2 laser's high-speed etching with marking speeds up to 2 meters per second for the highest quality at the fastest speeds.

Easily Change Between Deep and Surface Etching

Easily Change Between Deep and Surface Etching

Quickly adjust your marking depth between surface marks and deep engraving by simply changing your laser's settings in the print driver.

Repositionable Guides for Corner Placement

Repositionable Guides for Corner Placement

For traditional top-left engraving, the G2 features moveable edge guides that can be placed on the table for each engraving area size.

Non-Contact Marking: No Bits to Replace

Non-Contact Marking: No Bits to Replace

There is no need to brace parts or replace expensive engraving bits or tools with our fiber laser systems

Mark and Etch a Wide Variety of Materials

Mark and Etch a Wide Variety of Materials

Etch almost any meta land mark many plastics with the 1064 nm wavelength of our fiber laser systems.

Visible Red Dot Laser Tracing Feature

Visible Red Dot Laser Tracing Feature

Precisely position your marking by utilizing the Trace Feature that will create a visible red line around the area you will be marking

Create Multiple Styles of Marks

Create Multiple Styles of Marks

Create the marked or etched look on your part that fits your needs by adjusting the laser's speed, power, frequency, and focus

Laser Dashboard Print Driver

Laser Dashboard Print Driver

A user-friendly print driver allows you to control all of the laser's features from one convenient interface

Network Your Laser Across Your Business

Network Your Laser Across Your Business

Communicate with your laser through Ethernet, USB or even wirelessly for the most simple networking available

Raster/Vector Colour Mapping

Raster/Vector Colour Mapping

Easily map different speed and power settings to different colours in your file in both engraving and cutting modes.

Specification

Engraving Area

609x609mm

Laser Wattages

30 or 50-watt fiber laser, Fixed Pulse or Variable Pulse (MOPA), air cooled

Maximum Material Thickness

4" x 4" (101 mm): 36.3" (923 mm)
16" x 16" (406 mm): 25.98" (660 mm)
24" x 24" (609 mm): 15.79" (401 mm)

Maximum Piece Size

All table sizes: 29" x 27" (736.6 x 685.8 mm)

Standard Features

.5" (12.7 mm) machined aluminium table, 2 meter/second maximum marking speed.

Print Driver and Software

Laser Dashboard, Epilog Job Manager. Print from most Windows-based CAD and graphic software packages.

Operating Modes

Optimized Vector Mode

Speed and Power Control

Computer controlled speed and power in 1-100% increments. Colour mapping links speed and power.

Print Interface

10/100 Ethernet with Auto MDIX. Compatible with Windows 7/8/10.

Size (W x Dx H)

33" x 43.75" x 71.1" (838.2 x 1111.25 x 1805.94 mm)

Ventilation System

650 CFM (1104 m3/hr) external exhaust to the outside or internal filtration unit is required. There are two output ports, each 4" (102 mm) in diameter.

Footprint (W x L x H)

33" x 43.75" x 71.1" (838.2 x 1111.25 x 1805.94 mm)

 

System Weight

188.2kg

 

Materials Used

17-4 PH stainless steel
303 stainless
4043 steel
6061 Aluminum
ABS (white/black)
Aluminum, 6061
Aluminum, yellow chromate
Bayer 2807 Makrolon polycarbonate
Bayers bayblend FR110
Black/white ABS
Black/white polycarbonate
Brass
Brushed aluminum
Carbon fiber
Carbon nanotube
Ceramics, metal-plated
Clear coat anodized aluminum
Cobalt chrome steel
Colored delrin (black/brown)
Compacted powder iron with phosphate coating
Copper
DAP - Diallyl Phthalate
Delrin, colored (black/brown)
GE Plastics polycarbonate resin 121-R
Glass filled PEEK
Glass filled Teflon
Hard coat anodized aluminum
Inconel metals (various)
Machine tool steel

Magnesium
Metal-plated ceramics
Molybdenum
Nickel plated 1215 mild steel
Nickel plated brass
Nickel plated gold
Nickel plated Kovar
Nickel plated steel
Nylon
PEEK, white
Polybutylene Terephthalate
Polycarbonate (black/white)
Polycarbonate resin 121-R, GE Plastics
Polycarbonate, Bayer 2807 Makrolon
Polysulphone
Rynite PET
Santoprene
Silicon carbide
Silicon steel
Silicone wafers
Stainless steel 303
Stainless steel 17-4 PH
Steel 4043
Steel, machine tool
Various inconel metals (nickel-chromium super alloys)
White PEEK
Yellow chromate aluminum
Zinc plated mild steel
And Many More!

FAQ

What is the laser source of the G2 Galvo Laser?

The source is a fibre laser: a fibre optic cable that has been doped with ytterbium, a rare earth element.

Is it the same as a YAG (yttrium aluminium garnate) laser?

The fibre laser produces the same wavelength of light and the same marks. YAG lasers typically require cooling and more maintenance.

What is the wavelength of the G2 Galvo Laser?

1062 nm

Is the wavelength of light dangerous?

Yes, especially to the operator's eyes. Additionally the wavelength will pass through common Lexan or glass materials, which is why the viewing window has been impregnated with an organic compound that absorbs the fibre energy. Do not run the laser with the safety locks defeated.

What is the power consumption of the G2 Galvo Laser?

The G2 Galvo pulls 4-5 amps on a 220 volt circuit.

What is the laser beam spot size?

0.00034" (.0086 mm)

How deep can it engrave into metal?

All metals can be engraved into with some depth; however, some metals are more amenable to depth engraving. Softer aluminium material will engrave with depth with only a few passes. The best way to test your material is with our Applications Lab.

How thick can the G2 Galvo cut?

The G2 Galvo can only cut through very thin gauge metals. We've had success at cutting up to 0.012" (.30 mm) thick metals.

Will it mark black oxide or similar dark metal parts?

Yes, by using the polished mark settings for bare metal, the black oxide colour will be removed to expose the lighter native metal colour.

What is the maximum table weight for the G2 Galvo?      

G2 Galvo 24: 200 lbs (90 kg) for static and 80 lbs (36 kg) for lifiting.

G2 Galvo Fusion: 200 lbs (90 kg) for static and 100 lbs (46 kg) for lifting.

Is the G2 Galvo right for my application?       

Let's find out! Fill out our request form to receive a brochure, DVD demo and samples. Or contact our Applications Lab to get started testing your materials.

What is the maximum diameter that will fit on the Rotary for the G2 Galvo Fusion systems?

  • G2 Galvo 24: 4" (101.6 mm)
  • G2 Galvo Fusion: 7.5" (190.5 mm)
  • 3-Jaw Chuck Style Rotary: 6.5" (165.1 mm)

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, power, frequency and focus settings to use with different materials, but we include a comprehensive guide with your system that has recommended speed 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 text, logos, barcodes, scanned photos, , bitmaps, and AutoCAD files. Essentially, if you can print it, you can engrave it. Keep in mind the higher the quality of the graphic you're working with, the better your engraving results

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.

What is the cost of the G2 Galvo laser system?

The cost of our various laser systems is determined by the power of the laser source (ranging from 20 to 50 watts) and the size of the engraving table. 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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