So I bit the bullet and ordered a laser and some safety equipment to go with it. I ordered the following:
- NEJE 30W (7.5w optical) laser module with power supply, mount and safety glasses
- Eagle 190nm-540nm OD6 laser goggles.
- Kidde 3-A:40-B:C fire extinguisher.
- Kidde battery operated smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm.
I picked the laser module because it was a solid price vs performance. I have an idea of also picking up a 0.5watt laser module to compare with. There is a rumor that the smaller modules may be better for engraving because the laser spot is smaller and more square. I want to see what the larger laser can do first.
The smoke detector may not be the right choice. The rumor is that you should use a heat detector rather than a smoke detector, I guess we will find out.
Arkipita did a test of various laser glasses from ebay and found that the proper colored glasses did ok with 450 nm wavelength lasers, but they did not do as well as a certified pair of glasses. I decided to keep the glasses that came with my laser but pony up the money for good glasses as well. I can use the others as a backup set.
For now I'm going to hold off on the laser bed and vent system till I get a better sense of what is needed. I suspect you can get by with a minimal bed and smoke may be a small problem or a large one. I have several ideas but want to know how bad it is before investing heavily in equipment.
Anyway I don't know when it will all show up, but I'm nervous and exited.