With a marking speed of 2.4 m/s or 94.5 in/s, the LS100 Ex laser engraver from Gravograph (Duluth, GA) has a 60 percent higher performance than the previous generation of lasers. With a laser power ranging from 30W to 80W, it is the ideal solution for a host of applications including part marking, trophies, gifts, leather goods, plastics, wood, acrylic, metals, crystal and
glassware, signage, photo engraving and rubber stamp production.
All the mechanical components have been redesigned to ensure a 2.4 m/s or 94.5 inches/s marking speed for most applications, even those using acrylic and wooden plaques. At higher powers, cutting acrylic, wood engraving, and Thermark metal marking applications become more practical.
The compact LS100Ex has a working area of 24 x 12 in, which is a good size for marking quarter sheet materials (which are usually delivered in that format). Its LCD screen is angled, making it visible from either a standing or sitting position. It provides up-to-date information at a glance, and can also give data on previous jobs, running times, etc. A self-contained work light illuminates the job in progress, and a red-pointer laser beam ensures a quick, error-free set up. Finally, the fume and dust exhaust, together with enhanced and improved air flow, improve the processing of materials such as rubber, leather and acrylic.
The machine has an L-shaped profile that incorporates the front cover into the top, allowing the user to easily see what the laser is doing - both from above and from the front - as well as ensuring a CDRH Class 2a safety level. The machine also offers handicap accessibility. This design also makes installing and using the cylindrical engraving fixture much easier. The user
can conveniently load the laser from a sitting position.
Optional equipment for the LS100Ex includes an integrated exhaust, called the LE150HP (Laser Exhaust 150 High Power). This exhaust is suitable for high particulate, high odor applications such as when working with rubber, wood, and acrylic. Fully integrated, it forms part of the base of the laser to ensure a compact system. A clean air exhaust also extends the life span of important parts of the machine. A vacuum table accessory which uses exhaust system airflow, allows the use of very thin material (plastic, metal sheets, etc.).
Included in the package is Laserstyle 5 software - an intuitive interface that simplifies job creation (including text, logos, and images). The software is specific to laser engraving, and is designed by engravers. A major advantage is that the laser parameters are saved with the job. The LS100 Ex software can control the entire process, including turning the air assist on and off. It can also reset the starting point to any position on the table. The sensor probe allows automatic setting of focal distance even on deep items. High productivity automation features are integrated into the system. It uses the operating systems: Windows 2000, XP or Vista.
Other optional accessories are available to optimize the LS100Ex´s performance including: cylindrical attachments, vector-cutting tables, a full range of lenses and vacuum tables.