Tested: Dremel Digilab LC40 Laser Cutter

We test and review Dremel’s Digilab LC40 laser cutter, a 40 watt hobby laser designed for personal workshops and maker spaces. We go over its setup, safety features, and capabilities, including the differences between it and other glass tube lasers in its class. There’s a lot to like here!

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8 thoughts on “Tested: Dremel Digilab LC40 Laser Cutter

  1. Very honest and nice review! Bit expensive, but seems really nice. I love the fact you mentioned “I h**e the cloud based solutions”, that’s where I think the honesty shows. I never got why so many makers started buying the Glowforge as it’s such a dangerous thing to do… if they go out of business, it’s a big paperweight.

  2. Very cool. I’d like to see more hobby laser cutter/engravers reviewed and compared with each other. Which laser cutter would you consider to be the most consumer friendly for a hobbyist in terms of price and utility?

  3. I think it’s great that there are more and more options for this maker-level focused tools and equipment. I received one of the early rounds of general consumer production units of the Glowforge and it continues to hold up well for me 18 months into use.

    If you’re considering picking one up you can still get up to $500 off with this referral code https://glowforge.us/r/r3ZwVh

  4. Getting the Glowforge was a calculated gamble on my part because of the software being tied to the cloud, but for now it seems to have been worth it. They’ve been constantly improving it and it doesn’t seem like they’d end support for it any time in the near future.

    And should the worst happen and the company went bankrupt, the software is open source and available online. There’s such a wide and active community around it, I’m sure it could be resurrected the same way the Rebble crew brought Pebble server functionality back after they went under.

  5. This is definitely a nice looking machine. I’ve been looking at a Glowforge for some time. I’m glad they now allow you to save your own material settings but I’m not gonna lie – the cloud software concerns me. Is it clumsy to use something not local? Also, I know they say they’ll release a version of the software that will work locally if they ever go out of business. I find that worrisome as most companies that are about to implode aren’t usually concerned about their customers and are scrambling to reorganize assets. Hopefully we never have to find out.

    All that said, at twice the price I just can’t justify the Dremel over the Glowforge even though the local software is enticing.

  6. The 0.76 issue with SVGs is common across a number of software packages when you export from Illustrator. I end up having to scale everything at 1.3333 when I export from Illustrator as a SVG and bring them into Fusion 360. I have looked around on the internet and many other people have this issue with SVG files. Once I scale the files 1.3333 then it works correctly.

  7. If you’re using pixels as units then software written by extremely old Windows programmers will assume 96 pixels per inch and convert accordingly. Adobe uses 72 in all of their calculations so they’ll be in disagreement.

    Needless to say, all CAD software is written by extremely old Windows programmers.

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