What resolution (dpi) is the CheckMate Lasers capable of?
Up to 1000 dpi. Although high resolution may be great for printing on a laser or ink-jet it is very different on a laser engraver. You must always factor in the material being used, the time increase to engrave at 300 dpi as opposed to 600 dpi. This increase in resolution will significantly increase your engraving time by a factor of 2 and may not be visibly noticeable on most materials. Plus what most don't seem to factor in is the higher the "resolution" used the more material is being burned away from the material. Material MUST be left behind in order to display the design intended. With printing to an inkjet printer using 300dpi will produce large dots, similar to dot-matrix, fax or draft printing results. Not acceptable with printing. Bump that up to 1200 and photograph quality results are produced. NOT SO with laser machines as the change in dpi setting DOES NOT change the size of the laser beam dot size. A laser beam dot size is ALWAYS the same size based on the lens installed.
Since this laser beam dot size never changes, increasing the dpi used in a project only forces the beam to overlap more often, thereby removing MORE material from your substrate. Again material MUST be left behind to allow for the contrast and detail desired in an engraving project. Trial and error are the only way to determine the lowest resolution to produce the most acceptable results at the fastest speed. That said, remember, "Time is Money" so the faster you finish a project the more you make per project.
- 1.5" lens = .003" dot diameter
- 2" lens = .005" dot diameter
- 2.5" lens = .007" dot diameter
- 4" lens = .012" dot diameter
What software/driver does CheckMate Lasers utilize?
XM8draw. The XM8 Series laser systems, the King, Queen, Rook, Bishop2 & Knight2, GrandMini Dual Head, GrandMini & GrandMaster all utilize our XM8draw software in addition to direct output from CorelDRAW or AutoCAD (select versions). Our newest XM8 Series models now ship with a print driver allowing direct output from CorelDRAW, Illustrator, EngraveLab, Xenetech, and many other graphic software applications. Our GrandMaster Series outputs directly from CorelDRAW and/or AutoCAD (select versions). All the CheckMate Lasers line of laser system utilize laser specific software applications designed specifically for laser applications.
What is the main purpose of air assist & air compressor?
Better engraving & cutting results. Air assist is a standard component that comes built into all CheckMate Laser systems. Essentially this refers to the "plumbing" which is the input connector (outside of laser machine) to the lens assembly where the laser is marking the material (output). In conjunction with an optional mini air compressor, the air assist provides a much better engraving & cutting effect, as it will blow away vaporized particles and prevent flammage from occuring when cutting materials that by their very nature would catch fire were nothing in place to control this flammage. The three (3) primary functions of an air assist system is the following:
- Keeps the substrate area the laser is vaporizes clean of debris.
- Gets the vaporized material airborne so the exhaust blower can better remove from the cabinet
- Eliminates the flames inherent to laser cutting of materials able to be cut, i.e., acylic, wood, plastics, etc.
What does slat table provide?
Vector cutting. Slats are especially useful for vector cutting applications/projects. These slats provide for double duty by providing an area to place products on top of to be engraved (similar to a flat aluminum table) but more importantly provides a means to cleanly cut materials. Each individual slat can be removed to minimize how much "table" is in contact with the substrate being cut, thereby eliminating the issue of the laser beam reflection from the support area back to the bottom of the substrate. This provides for a cleaner, unmarked cut bottom surface. The old industry standard was honeycomb tables, after years of experience with these "tables" in the professional opinion of CheckMate Lasers honeycomb cutting tables are not worth the price and aggravation for their overpriced cost as well as difficult maintenance. Honeycomb vector cutting tables have a number of important problems that caused CheckMate Lasers to revisit R&D and develop a better, more durable, more efficient cutting table. Here are but a few of the issues that a honeycomb creates;
- Extremely difficult to clean due to the small holes
- Soft aluminum does not hold its shape to maintain flatness
- Very expensive to replace when no longer usable
- Honeycomb pockets contain air that the laser beam can cause to explode
- Visit LaserLowdown.com to listen to this podcast: Laser Table Choices
What is Rotary Attachment’s working diameter?
Clamp/Chuck Style Rotary Attachment: The maximum diameter and length of the to-be-engraved object is 6.5" (165mm) and 17.75" (450mm) respectively. Its maximum weight should not exceed 15.5lbs (7kg).
Scissor/Roller Style Rotary Attachment: This unit has more flexibility as the diameter can be as large as the cabinet model will provide and the weight can be far in excess of the 15.5lbs the clamp provides for. The weight limit is much higher since the wheels don't need to support the cylindrical object like the clamp style does. View this XM8 Lasers rotary attachment demonstration video.
- 21.5" depth: GrandMini, King & Queen
- 10" depth: Rook
- 13" - 34.5" to unlimited: Bishop2
Can all CheckMate Laser models engrave and vector cut?
YES! All of our XM8 Series flagship systems to our GM Series large format high wattage open bed laser systems are developed to raster engrave and/or vector cut in the same project or independently of each if so desired.
Can the CheckMate Laser systems laser ADA/Braille signage/letters?
YES! It is possible to laser out ADA/Braille signage/letters. Accenst Signage in Minneapolis, MN has patented a technology that enables this process. It is quite expensive, but if you produce quite a bit of ADA/Braille signage/letters then the investment is well worth it and greatly expands the capabilities of CheckMate Laser systems.