The Importance of a Laser Engraver Controller
Whether you’re a small-scale hobbyist or an experienced professional, you know that your CO2 laser engraver controller plays a major role in the quality and execution of your engraving projects. This small but advanced minicomputer is the single interface between you and your engraver. It not only dictates the control of the head position and the power dimensions, but it also interacts with your selected design software to turn your ideas into a reality.
Nowadays, with the explosive popularity of laser engraving, hobbyists and professionals alike have more selection than ever before when it comes to their laser engraver controller. While many new controllers have come on the market, certain controllers such as Ruida have continued to act as a staple in the industry known for their quality and precision.
As new developments in the tech industry continue to push technological progress, certain staple controllers such as Ruida have embraced this progress and continually built on the quality and capabilities of their laser engraver controllers. Through our research we’ve pin-pointed five critical characteristics that have the greatest impact on the quality of controllers:
- Software Integration
- Brand Dependability
In this article, I will cover these five characteristics and their incredible influence over the quality of our laser engraver controller.
The Precision of a Quality Controller Makes All The Difference
Whether you’re a veteran of CO2 engraving or just embarking on your journey, you know your engraver's precision is critical to your work’s success. There’s something beautiful about a finely-crafted laser engraving that encompasses a high level of precision. That’s why we’re all here right? If you’re looking to get the most out of your engraver, don’t make the mistake of downplaying your controller’s importance.
Today, the engraving community seeks detail and precision control from modern CO2 laser engraver controllers. As projects become more unique and intricate, the head position and power dimension precision are critical to a project’s success. The detail and control of your engraver are primarily enabled or interfaced through an enhanced LCD display. We’ve found that modern-day controllers offer high-tech screens that offer more insight and precise detail of a given engraving project. New iteration controllers such as the recent releases of the Ruida line of controllers come equipped with a powerful LCD display that conveys critical information from your chosen CAD environment to the controller interface itself. At the end of the day, you want your controller interface to relay as much detailed information about your project as possible. Then you can depend on your controller to not only ensure precision but also replicate the details of your project in an easy to view LCD display.
Functionality is Key Through the Ruida Controller
This one may come as no surprise, your engraver’s controller functionality should enhance your laser’s usability, not limit it. Imagine having a state-of-the-art cabinet laser engraver, but not benefiting from its full capacity because your controller limits its functionality. We’ve seen this time and time again as hobbyists and professionals upgrade their engravers, while sticking with an older outdated controller. We don’t want this to happen to you! To protect yourself from this pitfall, ensure your controller’s specifications (in terms of speed, head control and power dimension control) are up to the specs of your laser and machinery. It might seem trivial, but it truly can make a tremendous difference! Working with a high quality line of controllers such as Ruida will ensure that your controller is improving the outcome of your project, not hindering it.
Quality Controllers Provide Durability and Dependability
Unfortunately not all controllers are made the same, and that saying “you get what you pay for” definitely applies to the world of CO2 laser engraver controllers. It’s an unfortunate truth that due to the booming popularity of CO2 laser engraving, a lot of low-quality machines and accessories hit the market to capitalize on the growing demand. There have been countless stories of accessories failing or not working properly out of the box. The unfortunate aspect of this is CO2 laser engravers are serious machinery that should be used with extreme caution. Suboptimal and faulty parts can turn your laser into an incredible hazard. For this reason, it’s critical to seek out a quality outlet for purchasing CO2 laser engravers and CO2 laser engraver accessories. Aside from using tried-and-true accessories such as a Ruida controller, always seek quality-assured products from reputable sources. If you’d like to check out our list of accessories, we pride ourselves on only providing the highest grade accessories that can upgrade or replace your engraving equipment.
Modernized Controllers Offer Various Software Integrations
One of the most critical considerations with your CO2 laser engraver that influences your workmanship is the available software integrations. Today, professionals and hobbyists use a variety of different design platforms. Whether your chosen platform is Lightburn, AutoCAD or CorelDRAW, you obviously need to work with a controller that supports the given platform. We’ve found that older generation legacy controllers tend only to support a limited scope of design platforms. Often these controllers are designed to work well with one platform and don’t easily integrate with others. On the other hand, modernized CO2 laser engraver controllers such as the Ruida line supports a variety of design platforms. Working with a quality controller such as Ruida gives the control back to the hobbyist or professional should they decide to switch design platforms. This is why selecting a reputable, modern controller can make all the difference in your future projects.
Quality Built on Reputation
Another critical consideration when it comes to your CO2 laser engraver controller is brand reputation. Some lines have stood the test of time and evolved alongside CO2 laser engravers, while others have not. A stand out controller that has truly evolved in the CO2 laser engraver market is Ruida controllers. These controllers come equipped with modernized LCD displays, work offline and integrate with countless design platforms. If you’d like to learn more about CO2 laser engravers built with top-of-the-line materials and equipped with modernized Ruida controllers, check out some of our cabinet models.
By this point, you're a CO2 Laser engraver controller pro, right? We’ll if you’d like to learn more, make sure to check out all our offered training and installation material found here. Or, if you are looking to learn more about our state-of-the-art engravers, built with affordable and quality-assured CO2 laser engraver components, check out our lineup of CO2 laser engravers.
Dalton J. graduated from the University of Arizona with a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering. He has a deep passion for emerging tech, IoT and all things Maker!