Are K40 Lasers Any Good?Are K40 Lasers Any Good?

Many years ago now, I published this video that covers my experience buying and using a K40 style laser cutter for the first time. It has honestly been a workhouse of a machine with little to no problems, though for such a low price tag, there are of course some compromises on build quality, safety and usability. Are these things enough to justify the cost? I think so, if you are willing to put in a bit of time and effort troubleshooting on your own and upgrading a couple of things along the way.

If you want to cut to the chase, here are some of the items that I would recommend to get the upgrades and extra items you may need to get cutting as soon as possible. Purchasing things from those links will cost you nothing extra, but help keep this channel active with project and tutorial videos as often as I can make them. Thanks!

Controlling CNC’s with Guitars?!Controlling CNC’s with Guitars?!

Many people like to use a gamepad or controller to move the CNC router around to position it for zeroing out the axis before a job, or moving it out of the way to put down a new workpiece. I have a few left over instruments from my RockBand days, so I decided to use that! πŸ˜€

This video walks you thru how to set it up and hopefully inspires you to use a unique controller of your own! πŸ™‚

I used the following links to help get this idea off of the ground! Hopefully they can help you too!

Xbox 360 Controller Drivers:

JoyToKey Software:

V-Bit Inlay Tutorial with ArtCAMV-Bit Inlay Tutorial with ArtCAM

In this tutorial, I cover V-Bit based inlay techniques using AutoDesk ArtCAM. ArtCAM is a very powerful software that can be more affordable than other options and works with many CNC’s including the X-Carve, like I used here. Unfortunately, right after I learned this software, and started making tutorial videos for it, Autodesk, in their infinite wisdom, decided to shutter it. It sort of lives on now through CarveCo. That might be just what you need for your own CNC art solution!

Using the following Amazon links helps support Geeksmithing at no additional cost to you!

Dewalt 611 Router

1/8″ 60 Degree V-Bit

Danish Oil: