Bought this machine for its offline capability. I gave it five stars because of the outstanding support. There is a learning curve. An email address is given for support and I made extensive use of it. Replies were always within 3 hours. Moreover it is the only laser engraving company that has active LIVE CHAT SUPPORT. Probably the best product support that I have had the pleasure of using. For hobby use, this machine and vendor is the one to use.
UPDATED Review: I'm still stoked about this thing, very happy I bought it. I made a stand and have engraved several bowls and pens so far. A few updates:
The plastic green thing is an additional eye shield, like I thought. I emailed the company and they confirmed.
I’ve only had this for a week but so far I’ve been very happy with it. I’ll update if I run into any issues. There are some other detailed reviews here so I won’t repeat everything but I’ll add a few thoughts.
The main reason I bought this laser over other ones was the open base- I plan on using this to engrave the bottom of turned wood bowls and I needed something I could put on a stand over different sized bowls. I haven’t tried this yet, and I’ll update if I run into problems, but if my first few test runs are any indication this is going to be perfect.
One concern I had was how easy it would be to position, center, and align the laser. Well- with a first few attempts it’s actually very easy, I’m putting tiny lines of text on 1/2” wide pen barrels, and it’s working great. I did build a holder jig to make it repeatable. Once you load your image the laser centers itself, there is a button that will outline the area to be engraved. The laser moves in a rectangle with the light on, but not burning, to show you the margins. I wish this moved a little slower but you can get a good idea of alignment if you’re patient. I think I’m going to build a thin base that fits between the legs of this thing and etch a grid to help with alignment down the road.
I had a question and sent an email and had an answer in 3 hours so that’s encouraging.
I have a small woodworking business, Creative Grain, and I needed to start laser engraving wood items for clients and shops I sell at. I went with this machine because it was cheap, it gave me the idea of how lasering would go, and I had another woodworker friend use it and he liked it. Overall, for the price I would rate this 5 out of 5. It does give off a little burning smoke from wood, but its not the end of the world. It does a 40"x40" work space, but you can totally engrave on any size item. My cutting/charcuterie boards are all large, I just prop up 2 legs of the machine and it works fine. I'm getting enough business now that I decided to pull the trigger on a 15000mW . This engraver is a great entry level try or for someone who just needs to engrave periodically. I'm a business so I need something faster and more consistent and with a better software interface. I have to say, it has engraved perfectly everything I've thrown at it, even curved hand turned wood items.
I wanted a low cost entry to learn about laser burning and cutting. This works as advertised. There are quick demo videos on the thumb drive for assembly, online use, and offline use. For offline engraving, The picture shows some of my first attempts. Logos and simple black/white imprints come out great without much research. I do a lot of woodworking and I want to burn pictures into the wood. Engraving grayscale images takes a bit of research and practice to get the image just right. I have burned about 50 wood images so far and I'm learning a lot.
Ok, it's been about 6 weeks and I'm still going strong. I'm guessing at least a couple hundred hours of engraving. I've done a couple of leather pieces, but it's mostly wood still. Running at 100% power all the time for speed and varying the depth. Nothing I've done on clear plywood needs more than 10% depth. Still learning about converting photographs to something that will burn the way I want. Added one picture to show the fine detail and one to show my best outcomes so far with photos.
I bought this machine knowing nothing about laser engravers. It serves my purpose well. Was pretty easy to learn after playing with it a while. I was going to have a branding iron made for my logo, but now I can do custom engraving for people I make cutting boards for.
There’s no two ways about it, it’s a great piece of equipment. Focusing the laser is easy, the ability to see *exactly* where the image will be engraved is excellent. You can position with such accuracy . I have only done leather and plastic pieces so far, You can realign and go over it again with precision to get a deeper more pronounced etch. I really love it so far. Super easy assembly and set up. I look forward to doing a lot with it. If you work with Photoshop every day like I do and understand imaging well-you can see even more potential. But you don’t have to have that background to use this excellent machine.
I would say this was one of the best engineered and manufactured micro engravers. The package includes all hardware, and software as well. The instructions were mainly pictorial that were simple to follow. After a simple assembly the machine worked perfectly. Highly recommended.
This is a wonderful machine. I have been using the laser for a few weeks now, and after going through the learning curve, I'm impressed by how well it works. You'll need to experiment with which settings are right for which material, but once that's found out, you can create them. So far, I've tried the cardboard and foam they came with, paper, wood and acrylic. Works well.
. All the more I was amazed how clean and clear everything was packed, all the small parts were stored . The operating instructions are written in good English. All parts were very fitting, I was also very pleasantly surprised that there was still a reserve for all small parts, if one loses one during assembly.
In summary: good to very good quality clean drilled holes and threads, overall recommended.
First of all, I am new to this. The instructions that come with it are not much help. Yes, it took over an hour but now it would take about 20 minutes.I contacted seller and they were GREAT. Have fun!
This is a second unit I have. Like the first so much decided to add a second for a larger work design area. The software I was going to say four star’s only for new users, but have to say five stars over the old software. It engraves and cuts beautifully. Works on my desktop in office great. Sets next to window, use a small fan engraving for smoke extraction can’t smell a thing.
Order came earlier than estimated. Nice job!
Would order again if needed.
Absolutely amazing machine for the price. It works extremely well and it's very easy to put together. I highly recommended buying from them and will definitely look for products from them in the future when I purchase items like this engraver. 100% satisfied customer thank you again for everything
Setup took ~2 hours, about what I would expect from a kit like this. The instructions were pretty easy to follow. The software setup worked out of the box, but a few of the 'tweaks' to optimize it were unclear and took some digging. Laser burns quite well, love the large burn area and the fact that I can actually set this on top of larger projects(like a table top) to burn.
Software - This comes with GRBL Laser. It is a freeware software. It is pretty good for what it does. There are a lot of settings, but not much in terms of directions. I spent a bit of time with trying out different settings.
Hardware - This is what you are paying for. It is very accurate and powerful.
All in all I'm very happy and would buy it again.
Works like a charm. Easy to assemble and use. As you can see by the picture it is possible to use it on a curved surface (ink pen). Most will tell you it is for flat only but with patience and tweaking the settings it IS possible. Great purchase at excellent price!!
The Customer service is absolutely the best online experience I have ever had, I have bought from a lot of sites and it is scary putting out big money and not knowing if the reviews are true or not. But I am telling you. I am horrible at using my Macbook pro but I use it because it is the best, So the laser works on a Microsoft based program. I had so much trouble instaling a VirtualBox program so I can put Windows 10 on my laptop just to run the program to run the laser. Even with the youtube video, they supplied, 12 hours later I lose it. Geek squad wanted ridiculous money. The local guy wanted to charge me $80 with a 4-hour expectation. So I contacted universalengraver and they set up a time at 8 AM on a Sunday so they can do it for me remote. They took over my laptop and did it all for me. I honestly thought after install I would have problems with the laser operation but nope. runs smoothly. The laser is still running now and it is so cool. Do not be afraid of pulling the trigger on this purchase. You will LOVE IT!!!
Easy to put together, software is easy to install and use. Great product for the cost.
Made my first burn today..took a little time to get the software figured out. But really like the results..will take some practice.
I'll tell you. Gary at support is fantastic. He has helped me so much.
Got it together. Looks good but haven't tried it yet.
I am working on getting better with my images, but so far it is doing a great job. If I could make a Suggestion, it would be to have longer wiring. I bought the 20”x 24” model and the wiring lays over the print area. I am trying to figure out some wire management so it won’t accidentally burn through while doing a large piece.
This is a great engraver. Mine didn’t come with instructions or safety glasses at first, but when I notified the company they quickly emailed me a link to an instruction manual and sent glasses through the mail. My one complaint is that the company says they are American made, but they are actually made in China. This was only a problem for shipping. For the glasses alone, it took around two weeks to arrive. The engraver came within a week though. I have had this for about two weeks and I have been able to customize wooden pens and ornaments. It works very well and is fairly easy to use after some learning.
Shipping was very fast. The engraver arrived 4 days after I ordered it. I had some real issues trying to get the software set up, but the online chat support was VERY, VERY helpful. I was trying to run it on a 15 year old laptop with an early version of Win7 that just wasn't up for the task. Even the tech guy couldn't get it to work, no matter what we did.
I got a new laptop (which I needed anyway) with Win10, loaded the software, and was burning test samples right away. After a few hours of testing (and logging) different engraving settings, I must say that this desktop laser will do everything I need it to do.
I am a very happy customer, and can't say enough how helpful the online tech support was.
Very impressed with the 3000mw blue laser! Setup was super easy. Software takes a little bit of learning but overall I'm amazed at how well the laser works. Shipping was fast too. Planning on getting a 2nd one soon. My logo came out nice and crisp on poplar and was very happy with quality.
Love, love, LOVE this machine! I can’t get enough of this Engraver! I wish there was more time in the day to run this machine and create awesome, custom projects!
After taking some time to assemble it was pretty quick to have up and burning basic designs. Definitely recommend for hobbyists
This is a round base for a basket . My wife will weave a basket onto it.
It is 5" around and 1/2" thick with a 1/16" groove around the outer edge.
The engraving done with the Universal "Blue Laser" came out great, I'm very impressed
with the accuracy and detail of the engraving.
Worth every penny.
david a g.
Started out bad until I realized the problem was a corrupt photo file that made my computer disconnect the USB port now that YASH ( GREAT TEC SUPPORT) fix the problem IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING and works EXTREMELY WELL! ESPECIALLY for the PRICE
Thank You and have a good day
This is a very good machine for the money. It really is DIY though. The engraver works great for leather and wood. I haven’t tried on anything else. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the support. Recommend！
I was impressed with this little machine and what you receive with it.
I was able to engrave on wood, dark plastic, and cardboard very nicely. You have to practice with different settings for different materials.
The software is very basic and sometimes that is best. No need to install the software as it's a simple executable file.
If you just want to play and have fun with a machine to try out laser engraving then I don't think you can go wrong.
I have seen it in YouTube and decided to have a try. I didn't expect to be successful for the first time! I use it everyday. Work perfect and wonderful machine! I love it!
My newest toy,... eh, I mean newest tool. Less than $300 and works perfectly out of the box.
Set up time about one and half an hour. Loading and discarding supplies software 30 minutes.
Watching it cut and engrave is fascinating. There is a learning curve but that's part of the fun for me.
I've been looking at laser engraver for awhile now and, this seems to be what I'm looking for. A friend of mine bought one and after a small learning curve, he is banging out custom engraving. It started as a hobby to customize a few pieces we had and now he is making crazy money. With a fixed income it'll probably be a little time before I can order mine. Nice machine works great and a great price.
Set up was straight forward. There is a learning curve, but lots of helpful videos. Do your research, know what you're getting and you won't be disappointed. It is a tool, like any tool, results will be dependent on the user. Everything works properly.
This laser is one of the best purchases I have ever made! There is a little work that you have to put into this machine to make it a little more user friendly but I absolutely love it! Just be patient with it and the machine will treat you well! I hope you all enjoy!
After reading some of the reviews on this laser engraver, i took a chance and bought it, Took me about 120 minutes total to download driver and software and installed them. About 10 minutes to figure out how to use the software. Very easy and straightforward, not sure why some people said they couldn't get it to work. This is a fun tool to have. My sister is getting married this May, i'm gonna use this to create some custom artworks for her wedding reception.
This is an initial laser engraver for me, just wanted to see if I really wanted to dabble in this. I absolutely love it! It is easy to setup, easy to use and does a great job. I just wish it had a bigger platform as the objects it can burn are quite small, but extremely detailed. I will upgrade eventually, but if you want something to get you into this hobby, I suggest it as a starter engraver.
I got this because I wanted to make personalized items for my loved ones and I would allways go to a store to get stuff engraved which would cost a lot of money. After seeing this, I couldn't resist getting it but being spectacle because how affordable it was. Once I opened the item, I connected it to the computer and installed the app. It was very easy to use, there are some prebuilt images or you can upload you own picture. It does take couple of tires to get it right but once you know, its very easy. I had to play around with the burn time and speed based on the materials I was using but got the hang of it after 10 min.
It is actually working !!! I did the setup trough my computer and already start using it. The setup was easy, Just follow the instruction , it’s working great and let me do i Engraving of my own pic. Fast shipping , Thanks guys
I must say - this was the biggest game changer for my card making hobby. This machine is amazing and so easy to use. I know it has tons of advanced options that I didn't get to yet. I primarily use it to cut out stamped imaged. I can now cut out any stamp and image I wish to. I like to stamp whole page of images, color them in and then run through and cut out.
I LOVE this machine! It was very easy to set up and use. I have zero experience with laser cutters but this was very user friendly. I have cut/engraved wood, acrylic, and leather. The customer service was great! I had a laser head go out for whatever reason and I contacted the universal engraver and they replied to my email almost instantly and has a New laser on the way in no time.
The machine works very well, based in the way how works machine and the instructions . It just took 2 hours to assemble the laser engraver. There are almost 10 Videos given by Universal Engraver to assemble it.. It is very easy to assemble. It is the best engraving machine i have used Laser and software are simply and quick to use ! Great quality of construction . It was really fun to assemble it. Felt like a child again doing a DIY Project.
Hello. I am very happy with this device. Express shipping. Very good support. Very detailed assembly instructions. I highly recommend. The engraver is interesting, quite large. Collected a person familiar with production. It took about an hour to assemble. In general, in the form in which he comes, the engraver is quite toy. Works slowly, you need to play with focus and speed adjustment. Tried to engrave on veneer, plywood, composite sheet
When it was delivered it came in a box with about a zillion pieces. This was a two day project with horrible horrible directions. However, I will say that the support that we received via email and chat was top-notch. The engineer was able to help us and decipher the issue that we were having with our settings. We had issues with our laser focus and they were able to walk us through. The product is great it works great. Customer service was fantastic. Something needs to be done about directions and how to put this thing together.
Fast shipping [3 days] easy to assemble and pretty easy to run. I use mine to engrave custom pens that I made. Would highly recommend , a lot of bang for your buck.
This engraver exceeded my expectations.
Works Great !!!!!!!!!!!!
It'll be even better after I've learned a little more how to use it.
The instructions could use some more words to make assembly a little smoother. Also it would be extremely helpful to have information on the software, and the settings. I got it up and running, and it’s a guessing game to figure out the burn settings. For the price, its right for the average hobbyist.
Order experience was top notch very professional and helpful. Delivered a day earlier than promised
Packaged very well and in great condition. Has instructions and and CD for assembly ,pleasantly surprised since most reviews from other companies do not have instructions and must be looked up online. Not so with universal products!
I bought this machine about two and a half months ago, and have been very impressed with it! This has been a great add to my workshop. It has held up to some periods of heavy use, when I've used the machine for a single work for 5 hrs, and run it pretty much non-stop for 2-3 days in a row.
I was a bit hesitant about the difficulty in putting the laser together and using the software before ordering, but saw other reviews and they were great. It did take me between 2-3 hrs to put together, but all the needed tools were included, and the instructions were just amazing. The laser included a zip drive that was plug and play, which helped me get up and running quickly.
I built a box to protect the unit from our cats, in addition to minimizing dust and dirt getting into the pieces.
All in all, this is a great tool for the hobbyist !
I will echo what others have, first, and say that the instructions are difficult. But the team gave me a video (17 min) that goes step-by-step on how to put the machine together. I followed it exactly and had zero problems. The laser itself (3000mW) works very well. I build a lot of military coin displays and other military-related products and so far, the laser has not had any issues. It took a little bit of research on the Google Machine to figure out how to tune the laser and make sure it's perfect, but I am very pleased with the operation of this machine. I have used it close to 20 hours (of actual use) and it has always turned out very nice. In the cases where the engraving did not turn out as planned, it was operator error. The accompanying software is more intuitive than I thought it would be. It didn't take long at all to figure it out after testing on a few pieces of scrap wood. I have not used it for anything other than wood, but the results have been very nice, so far, on oak and maple.
I am having so much fun with this laser. Once you get it put together. It's fun but takes a while. Get the right program. The only one that I've been able to use is the one provided by Universal Engraver. For as cheap as it was I have been using the crap out of it. It works well. Make sure the set screws and belts are tight enough.
Five stars, received software before I received the laser. Great customer service for sure. Every email I sent was replied to right away. The build instructions are a video. I found it easy to use my cell phone and pause video between steps, just do not get ahead of your self. Build only after what you see don't assume next steps. I built mine in about 3 hours taking short breaks. It works great also.
Order 1018. I put the laser engraver together and download the software. It worked great.. Driver setup when I told it to go out and automatically search for it. It engraved very well. I had to focus the laser and I had to reverse 2 control cables. I am very happy with my purchase..
It was a blast to build..
It just took 2 hours to assemble the laser engraver. It was really fun to assemble it. Felt like a child again doing a DIY Project. There are almost 10 Videos given by Universal Engraver to assemble it.. It is very easy to assemble. The Software is the best part, It is damm easy to use, just pick and drop the image in the software. It take all Jpeg files which was all i needed. I will upgrade to 15000mW soon, I just wish that id they can deliver in 1 Day i would have given them 5 Stars
Ultra fast shipping.
Very easy to assembly.
Software and instructions sent to me with "we transfer".
Very very good!
Thank you Elena Dong!
The machine works very well, based in the way how works machine and the instructions . Laser and software are simply and quick to use ! Great quality of constrution .
Thank you, Frank Fu
- Fast delivery, to suburbs in Vietnam is 5 days
- Fully stocked, with an additional 1 board motor controler
- Message Support is fast, professional
- I have cut, engraved successfully as expected; and more than that, I successfully engraved with 8bit graycale black and white photo (with GRBL 1.1f)
The laser is super, i'm generally satisfied, a good assistant to me in needlework. came quickly
The thing is interesting, went for a short time, for the evening gathered alone. The seller provided assembly instructions and software. If anyone interested-6mm plywood 7 w laser burns from 3-5 passes depending on the speed. Beetles of the ancients cut in cheers!
Shipped very quickly after the New Year holiday. I have assembled it but not tested yet.
All right, good shopping.
I recommend following the manual. Doc because in the video they change the way they put it together a little
The product is what the seller specifies, delivery in 6 days to mexico via dhl, very happy with service and product. Thanks to the seller.
Product came just as described.
I'm more than happy with the purchase. Seller is really responsive, and helpful!
Will post updated feedback as soon as I get instructions on how to assemble it. After I've tried it and put it to the test, will update the feedback.
Seller provides such an amazing customer experience, brilliant!
Very fast shipping, set accord to the description.
The product came in good condition, i finished assembling it and now i find myself doing tests, to better know the program and thus proceed with the cutting tests in 3mm thick wood.
Very fast delivery, only three days to moscow. The product fully corresponds to the description.
Good laser called effe some effort to him to put together. Software Installed and all beautiful things lasered!! Good communication with the seller. Definitely recommend.!!
The whole team is here. On time and in excellent condition
Everything is fine as i will finish. thanks to the seller for the order.
Hello. I am very happy with this device. Express shipping. Very good support. Very detailed assembly instructions. I highly recommend.
The order arrived quickly. It comes ready to assemble, contains all its parts even the protective glasses.
Now i'll take some time to put it together, then i'll tell you how i'm doing.
Communication with the store was wide and pleasant.
The engraver is interesting, quite large. Collected a person familiar with production. It took about an hour to assemble. In general, in the form in which he comes, the engraver is quite toy. Works slowly, you need to play with focus and speed adjustment. Tried to engrave on veneer, plywood, composite sheet (yellow). We plan to deliver radiators, stationary cooler, power supply is more powerful (someone advised in the comments below). We will try the skin, leatherette, cardboard-add to the review.
Thank you, i got it. Many thanks to the seller for his help and responsiveness✌
It got lightning fast. Longer collected and searched for firewood. But now i can say it works. Beret bone
Delivered in 3 days iml to the ryazan region. thank you.
Collect one pleasure, the details are all in place, everything is taken into account, thanks to the seller.
Very, very nice support from the seller. The package arrived after about 8 days. Everything works great. I'm looking forward to buy other things from this store. Thank you Elena!
Thank you very good packaging
hi friends iam india, tamilnadu this package good packing and quickly delivery and no custom duty so enjoy
In fact, i did not check yet, in the kit all according to the description. Plus the obstruction in english and chinese.
Excellent product quality and firm serious, very satisfied for packing, very accurate, it takes solo though the instructions for assembly, however there are successful same also no.
fast shipping and working well, even for small engraving ! (1cm large on the picture) Great seller.
I got my order within three days. the packaging was very well done. regarding my order, it looks exactly like the description.
Goods according to the order
I am satisfied with your shop
Thank you very much
very good communication and item was packed with care, I recommend
Value for money super.
Good product. Fast shipping by DHL.
Very good and economic laser engraver. It's my first experience i'm very satisfied
Everything came very quickly, without delays, delivery straight in hand. Works properly!) prodovcpu rekaminduyu!!!
seriously trusted dealer!!!
Long looking for the engraver. Found frank at the lowest price. Plus asked for a small discount. Sent in a couple of days. Delivery to siberia for 33 days. There were 2 boxes. In russia delivered courier service express. Everything is perfectly monitored, when they come to the city they call, they report. The seller is very sociable, trying to solve any issue. If you want to clarify something, ask in advance. Can make different equipment, size according to your request. For engraving the most it. For cutting plywood only 15 watts. All modules work in pulse mode. Who burns large drawings, will need additional cooling. Drivers and so on by the seller's link. Works with almost all grbl programs. Firmware standard 0.9j. Adjustable speed and power. If there are questions i can tell you what i can. In vc rk_42
Very good communication, sent fast and much help on your part. The product is what is expected.
Good value, fast shipping, very well packed, communication with excellent seller. Engraving very good
Recieved, have just started the assembly process.
Had some questions for the seller, they have been extremely responsive.
shipping was faster than expected.
pictured is the package with the parts.
rails come ine a second package, well wrapped as well.
Clean. Software easy to downloade and in Handling
Ordered on friday evening, on tuesday morning already brought)) everything was able to collect quite quickly, despite the lack of instructions on the assembly. Also there was no software and driver, but on the internet quickly found everything necessary by the name of the program, shown in the instructions on use. Everything works clearly, smooth lines and the depth of burning. Overall satisfied)