What better way to make clean cut lines than a laser that can cut and engrave according to a print all on its own? Whether it is for crafting intricate designs on leather or engraving patterns and words on wood, lasering comes as possibly the best option for the most accurate and beautiful products. Now traditional laser cutting and engraving devices are rather large and require quite a lot of steps and procedures to set up and actually work, which can be an investment in time, money, and space that not many can afford. Taiwan-based company Muherz is redefining and reinventing laser engraving with the tiny and light Cubiio that sits perfectly in your palm.
Cubiio is not only great for amateur designers, hobbyist crafters, and DIY enthusiasts because of its tiny size, it’s also simple to set up and use within minimal fuss. All you need to do is to download its accompanying Cubiio App, choose your photo or G-Code file (common machine language converted from vector graphics) or enter your text, and you can start engraving or cutting. Just be sure to put it on something stable so your design comes out smoothly without any nicks or kinks. For the best results, G-Code files are recommended, and you can use open-source softwares like INKSCAPE to design and generate your own files to your liking. This offers the flexibility needed to personalize and customize items for decoration, and more importantly, small crafting businesses.
To make things easier for everyone, Cubiio has to helpful functions that makes sure your work comes out perfect and smooth every time. The first one is preview, which works by projecting a weak laser point (like the pointers we usually use) onto the surface you want to engrave on, and you can track how far the actual laser will go. This allows you to make last minute adjustments on the size, positioning, and rotation angle before you press engrave to have the design burnt on permanently. The other function is batch, which is especially useful for those who are planning on making engravings on multiple objects. Again, small crafting sellers will benefit greatly from this.
Because there are bound to be fumes coming off from the objects being burnt, it is recommended that you use Cubiio in a well-ventilated area and wear protective gear when using it. For those who are unable to do so, Muherz offers the CubiioShield which encloses the laser inside it, while keeping hands and other body parts outside as a first layer of protection. It is also able to filter out fumes and other particles that are potentially harmful to adults, and more importantly young children. In other words, please be careful and don’t hurt yourself; lasers are dangerous.
For those who are interested, you can visit their Kickstarter page. They are currently offering their early bird discounts sets: the Cubiio Basic is priced at USD379, shipping in March next year. The Cubiio Suit which comes with the CubiioShield is priced at USD499, shipping in November this year. Both of these sets come with an accessory pack containing an SD card, a USB cable, and a pair of goggles.
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