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Ortur has finally released their long-awaited successor to the Laser Master 2. The new and improved device offers all of its predecessor’s features with an even higher quality engraving result, supporting many accessories for easy customization options on your projects!
Recently, I had the opportunity to test out the Ortur Laser Master 3 laser engraver. This machine is marketed as being able to handle a wide range of materials, including wood, plastic, metal and glass. In this review, we’ll take a look at how well it performed and provide our thoughts on its capabilities. Stay tuned for the full review!
|50 mm fixed focal length
|LaserGRBL/LightBurn/Laser Explorer app
|Power adapter output
Unboxing & Assemble
The Ortur Laser Master 3 comes compactly packaged, weighing 6.5kg in total – significantly less than most desktop 3D printers which routinely weigh 13 to 16kg.
You can find the machine disassembled into components in the box. This makes the box relatively small and also helps to keep the device well-protected during shipping.
What is In Box
By opening the box, you’ll see that the unit comes with a bunch of extra gear. When we open up our package, the first thing that meets us is a small box containing all of the necessary hardware for assembly.
- Ortur Laser Master 3 frame
- LU2-10A laser module
- Laser safety glasses
- 2mm, 2.5mm, and 3mm Allen keys, small wrench
- Small brush
- 1 test acrylic swatch
- 4 test wood swatches
- SD Card reader and micro SD card
- YRR motor wire for rotary adapter
- Power adapter
Ortur’s Laser Master engraving machines are famous for their ease of use,the entire installation process took about 45 minutes, with the first step being difficult if you’re doing it alone.It threading a wire through left side chassis piece which makes it hard for me match up with 4x8mm nuts – but other than that its easy!
Also I find user guide is a bit misleading, so it is better to watch an installation video on their official youtube channel, check below:
First Look of Laser Master 3
The low-profile design of the Ortur Laser Master 3 has a sleek and elegant look to it. The machine’s center of mass is lowered, making for an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
The tradeoffs of this, however, are that the machine has a larger footprint than usual and that there is relatively little vertical space available under the laser head.
To engrave tall objects or thick materials on a honeycomb bed, you will need to elevate your machine by placing it onto two-by-fours and other makeshift lifts. You can also get official engraved lift stands from the manufacturer if desired!
The frame is much more rigid than we typically see. Its beefy X- and Y-axis aluminum sections interlock at their mounting points, creating a durable yet easy to square construction that’s perfect for any job site or home office environment! Other machines have aluminum sections that are too thin or mounted in a way where they can slide around relative to each other.
The cable management on the Ortur Laser Master 3 is perfect, with cables tied to aluminum gantries for efficient movement. The OLM3 has a more robust design with the wire hanging loose, which is actually an improvement over what we saw on its predecessor Master 2.
The laser module has been designed to be light, cool and consistent. It’s only 235 grams which keeps its stability so you can enjoy high-power delivery without the worry of an overheated or malfunctioning device!
Integrated Air Assist
The Ortur Laser Master 3 offers a step ahead of its competition with an integrated air assist system. However, you will still need to purchase pumps for this solution as it is not complete out-of box . If you don’t have a pump available and want to make use of the Ortur Laser Master 3 air assist, I would recommend the DEWALLIE pump.
The laser head can now be adjusted to any height with the easy-to install, intuitively located adjuster.
10W Output Power
The results are deeper and faster cutting – for example, the Ortur LM3 can cut through 30mm thick acrylic sheets, and 20mm pine board. This includes 12mm wood cutting in a single pass, as well as single-pass 10mm acrylic cutting.
Master 3’s massive engraving size will be 400mm x400, which will be more than enough for things like coasters, signs, phone cases, and smaller woodworking projects.
Fast Engraving Speed
The laser speed of 20,000mm/min makes this machine one of the fastest desktop diode engraver on market today. Other brands claim they can reach these high numbers but without proper power you will barely make any impression at all. 20,000mm/min means engraving a 100×100 mm image in around 10 minutes. Most desktop Engravers who hover at speeds above 6000 would need 30+ Minutes for the same task.
The Laser Master 3 uses sensorless homing, which means that there are no physical switches to attach during engraving. This allows for a more precise and controlled movement of the laser head without sacrificing any safety features or endstops!
It is built into its Trinamic TMC2209 stepper motor drivers. This effectively means it gets the back-EMF of these machines to determine where they are located and moves accordingly,
The Laser Master 3 primarily works with two programs you might be familiar with, but I usually prefer to use lightburn as my engraving software.
Laser Engraving Result
With a focal spot size of 0.05 x 0.1mm, Master 3 brings delicate details at 0.01mm. Since it has 10w output power, so it allow me engraver or cut material like Wood, Acrylic, Leather, metal, stainless steel, aluminum, glass etc. Here is some creation I test with this machine.
The Laser Master 3 is equipped with the latest ESP-Pro V2.4 motherboard and features bi-directional I/O interfaces to communicate wirelessly between it, other machine components in your possession or even those outside of work settings! The laser motherboard on the new Master 3 is more powerful than ever and can maintain higher levels of power throughout your project.
One of the main benefits of the Ortur Laser Master 3 is how widely connectable it is. You can connect machine by using software Lightburn or LaserGRBL by cable, or you can also connect via the laser Explorer app on your iOS or Android smartphone.
Also it has an integrated WiFi connection that allows you to connect it wirelessly with any laptop or tablet on your network. Any laptop can launch a browser can connect to your network to control the laser engraver.
Overall, the connecting options has:
- SD card
- Laser Explorer app
Emergency Stop Button
Just like its predecessor, the Laser Master 3 has a giant red button for emergencies.The Laser Master 3 is a safe machine that stops instantly when you hit its emergency button.
The safety lock on the Laser Master 3 is a great feature that not only prevents unauthorized access to your machine, but also has an emergency kill switch. It is a physical button you need to press in order to be disabled. There are two keys included, so even if one were lost or stolen there would still exist an opportunity of using your laser engraver despite the lack thereof!
Laser goggles are essential when you use a laser engraver because it’s never safe to look at the light or its reflections. The Ortur Laser Master 3 has a pair of laser goggles included, do not forget put it on to protect your eyes during engraving.
Eye-protection Cover Design
The filter panorama shield can filter 97% of ultraviolet rays, which plays a good role in protecting the eyes, but still, I would highly recommend you wear a safety glass to give you another protection as safety always first.
Software Safety Features
Ortur’s Laser Master 3 includes a number of software-based safety features to keep you safe. For example, it has active position protection and slope detection which stop the engraver in its tracks if moved around or tilted without user input – automatically stopping any progress on your project!
Voltage and Current Safety Control System
The Laser Master 3 ensures that there’s only the perfect amount of power going into it so nothing damage will occur. If too much or little current comes in, then this system stops working and protects users from any accidents caused by inappropriate inputting techniques
Difference between Ortur Laser Master 2 and Laser Master 3
Overal, laser master 3 is an upgrade machine of itis predecessor Laser master 2.
- The Laser Master 3 offers an impressive 20,000mm/min speed versus 10 000 for its predecessor.
- Compare to 5w output power for Laser master 2, Laser master 3 has 10w which allows machine engrave more material like aluminum and other metals, as well making quick work out there wood or acrylic.
- The Laser Master 3 could cuts 30mm-deep acrylic, while it’s predecessor could only do 10 mm in acrylic.
- The Laser Master 3 is connectable via WiFi, you can send images to engrave via the Laser Explorer app, and via SD card or U disk. The LM2 Pro is only connectable via USB.
- The Laser master 3 has upgraded metal aluminum chassis, while the standard Laser Master 2 was mostly black acrylic. The new model offers many benefits over its predecessor- it’s much more durable and has a better protection level than before!
- Easy to use even you are a beginner
- Clear assembly instructions
- 10w output power
- Clean cable management
- Lots of accessories support
- No pump for air assist included
- Relatively low clearance under laser head
- User guide is a kind of misleading
The Ortur is a powerful printer with great support for accessories, but it’s still not complete without an enclosure. Based on the additional mounting points on the underside of the machine, it wouldn’t surprise us if Ortur comes out with one in the future, as they did for the Ortur Laser Master 2.
Overall, Master 3 is a great choice for anyone who needs a laser engraver with sufficient power to cut multi-materials under $1000. It’s faster, better quality and super user-friendly than other similar open frame models currently on sale – it even has some features that let you further expand its capabilities!