Looking to add a personal touch to gifts, but don’t know how to go about doing it?
Maybe you want to add personalization to your business?
Technology has reached a point where everyday individuals can purchase an entry-level laser cutter for an affordable price.
If you’re a business and want to take it to the next level, there are upgrade options as well.
However, if you’re new to the idea of laser cutting and engraving you may not know what to look for.
That’s where we come in.
We have a list of the very best laser cutter and engraving machines on the market today, for all possible price points. So whether you want to spend a few hundred bucks or several thousand, we’re here for you.
These are our favorite laser cutter and engraving machines.
Even if you work in the printing and manufacturing industry, laser cutting and engraving is an entirely different beast. Here you’re often working with everything from hard metals to extremely soft material that might break if not engraved correctly.
With so many new unknowns you may have no real clue what to go with, how much to spend, and what is right for your business.
Regardless of if you want an engraving machine for your personal or professional use, here is what you need to consider.
Yes, above everything else, know how much you can pay (and afford). The laser cutters and engraving machines we’re covering here range from just under $200 to nearly $10,000. So as you can see, there is a substantial price difference.
Now, even if you’re looking for professional equipment doesn’t mean you need to drop 10 grand. In fact, you may find the best option for your company’s needs costs just a few hundred. In general, it’s a good idea to at least have a general idea with what you’re comfortable spending.
2. Software Compatibility
With a laser cutter and engraver, you’ll have one of two options. The first is to force all of your work into software that comes specifically with the engraver. The second option is an engraver that will work with your software. This way, if you create something in CAD or an Adobe property you can transfer it over to the engraver.
Typically, the included software is going to cost less but it may reduce your ability to fully realize your creative side, as you’ll be forced to stay within certain fonts and designs.
3. Material Options
What kind of materials do you want to personalize? Some of these laser cutters and engraving machines will only work on softer materials, such as leather or glossy applications you can place on mugs. Others will work with metal. This will play a very big role in what the right engraving machine is for you. If you want to engrave on metal there are very specific machines you need to consider. If you want to print only on leather or software materials there are other options out there.
This is where you need to know exactly what your plans are ahead of time, otherwise, you might end up with a laser cutter and engraving machine that doesn’t do what you need.
4. Connection Options
How does the engraving machine connect to your computer? This may not be as important for some while for others it is extremely important. With most, you’ll find there is a USB connection. However, others might connect via Bluetooth or a 2.4GHz wireless interface. If you don’t mind a wired connection you shouldn’t have a problem. Other times, if you want to free up your workspace, you should consider a device that uses wireless technology.
How much space do you have to work with? Do you need something that will fit on your desk, or are you alright with a stand-alone device that is about the size of a desk on its own? As you increase the price point and boost the features you’ll also find many of these devices are substantially larger (and heavier) than what you find on the less expensive side of the spectrum.
The size of the engraving machine isn’t always obvious by the pictures, so make sure to look into the product specs. You don’t need to have UPS at your door, only to find the package is as big as the actual front door. Always know the specs prior to ordering.
There’s no shortage to engraving and cutting options. And with such an expansive price point it’s tricky to pick one over others. After all, you can get some impressive devices at the top of the price point. But not everyone is willing (or able) to drop around $10,000 for a top-of-the-line device.
That’s why we decided to go with the BobsCNC E3 CNC Router Engraver Kit. In terms of cost, it’s near the bottom of the list. It also only really works on wood. However, the wood engraving and cutting with the BobsCNC E3 CNC Router Engraver Kit is truly remarkable. For the price, you can’t beat the definition of the engraving. The fact that it can alter the depth of its cuts is one of the main reasons why it’s our choice.
Some of the other features on the BobsCNC E3 CNC Router Engraver Kit we like include:
VEVOR 40W Co2 Laser Engraving Machine is the perfect device if you need to cut up to 3 mm of wood, paper, leather, epoxy resin, density board, cloth, plexiglass, double-colored board, marble, plastic, rubber, crystal, even ceramic tiles. However, it won’t cut through metal.
It has an engraving area of 12 x 8 inches (300 x 200 mm), a cutting speed of 0-1.38 inches per second (0-35 mm per second), and a minimum shaping character of 0.04 x 0.04 inches (1 mm x 1 mm.).
This CO2 laser engraver’s fan ensures to extract fumes and smoke. You can connect it to your computer via a USB port from where you can manage it. Moreover, it is compatible with any kind of printer or scanner.
VEVOR 40W CO2 also supports TIF international standard fonts, as well as BMP, .JPG, .JPEG, .WMF, .EMF, and .PLT files.
This strong and precise laser cutter and engraving machine is equipped with high precise stepping motors, one 40W water cooling laser tube, and an extremely accurate control board.
When you set up the machine according to the instructions, you can start engraving and start being happy with how your end product will look.
Following are the features of the Vevor 40W laser cutter and engraver:
Mophorn Laser Engraving Machine 40w is a laser engraving machine with 40W of power. It can cut through wood, double-color planks, leather, crystal, organic plastic, fabrics but it is also suitable for seal engraving, garments, or toys.
It has an engraving area of 300 x 200 mm (12 x 8 inches), an engraving speed of 1-300 mm per second (0.04-11.81 inches per second), and a cutting speed of 1-10 mm per second (0.04-0.39 inches per second)
The engraving cutting precision of Mophorn Laser Engraver is 2500dpi, while the positioning accuracy is 0.01 mm (0.0004 inches.) The minimum forming text you can engrave is 2 x 2 mm (0.08 x 0.08 inches), and the minimum forming letter is 1 x 1 mm (0.04 x 0.04 inches) big. It supports all formats from CorelDraw since it comes with this software.
It is one of the cheaper laser cutters and engravers, but the Mophorn Laser Engraver is equipped with a superior laser head and has effective heat dissipation.
Moreover, it comes with two LCD displays; the temperature display and the laser power display. There are also a few switches, such as a laser switch, lighting switch, emergency stop switch, power switch, and 4 rotational wheels.
This relatively cheap machine will suit your personal laser cutting and engraving needs.
Mophorn has a few distinct features:
When you want to get serious with your cutting and engraving, the BobsCNC E3 CNC Router Engraver Kit is what you need to look toward. This is not your desktop engraving setup.
Instead, this uses a full rail system and belt driver that works on both the X and Y axis.
With this engraving setup, the BobsCNC E3 CNC Router Engraver Kit works with a Java-based application. This way, you not only can use it with Windows, macOS, and Linux, but you can connect a Raspberry Pi system directly to the engraving machine. This way, you don’t even need to have a full computer on hand.
If you’re interested in engraving into thicker wood or harder materials the BobsCNC E3 CNC Router Engraver Kit is an excellent option. It will take up a full table, so you’ll need extra space with it. However, in terms of cutting full images from wood (including varying depths and not just an outline), this is the least expensive option on this list that can do it.
If you want to work on vinyl or for stickers that you apply on mugs you’ll want to go with one of the other engraving machines. This laser cutter is better served for a woodworking garage.
The BobsCNC E3 CNC Router Engraver Kit’s hardware configuration does have a slight learning curve as you work your way by connecting the system to your computer. You should have some spare wood on hand to test out the features until you feel comfortable with what you’re doing.
Some of the features on the BobsCNC E3 CNC Router Engraver Kit to consider include:
The BobsCNC E4 Router Engraver Kit is the upgraded version of the previous E3 design. It shares many of the same features including the X and Y axis belt drive.
The main difference is the device is a bit more structurally sound. It includes more metal within the frame, which is beneficial if you are a power user and you live in an area where the wood may warp easier due to moisture in the workshop.
Some features of the BobsCNC E4 Router Engraver Kit to consider include:
The previous Bobs laser cutters are designed almost specifically for wood cutting. If you’re not looking for a wood cutter and want something capable of engraving an assortment of other materials the TEN-HIGH CO2 Engrave Machine is one option to consider.
It does work with a wide number of materials, including wood, leather, glass, cloth, bamboo, paper, and just about everything short of metal.
With the purchase of the TEN-HIGH CO2 Engrave Machine, you do receiver a specially designed software called LaserDraw. It is also compatible with CorelDraw, although CorelDraw is not included with the product.
The TEN-HIGH CO2 Engrave Machine software is compatible with all Windows operating systems, although it will not work with macOS computers.
The TEN-HIGH CO2 Engrave Machine will connect to a computer via a USB interface. It is not wireless, so you will need to have a nearby system.
Some of the features on the TEN-HIGH CO2 Engrave Machine to consider include:
The Ten-HIGH 3020 is the upgraded variation of the previous covered Ten-High engraver. It gives you far more workspace, so if you need to work on a larger scale you can. With this engraver, you can work on a 12 inch by 8-inch surface area.
The Ten-HIGH 3020 is an extremely accurate engraver, with accuracy reaching 0.01mm. Additionally, at top speed, the Ten-HIGH 3020 can engrave at up to 600mm per second.
To help prevent the build-up of vapors given off while engraving plastics and other materials, there are double exhaust fans built into the Ten-HIGH 3020. It also connects to your Windows computer system via a USB interface.
As is the case with the other Ten-HIGH release, the Ten-HIGH 3020 is compatible with CorelDraw (not included), yet can only be used on a Windows computer.
Some features on the Ten-HIGH 3020 to consider include:
VEVOR Laser Engraver 50W CO2 Laser Cutter is the laser cutter and engraver on the higher price tag, but the powerful performance entirely justifies it. Although it isn’t suitable to cut and engrave metals, this machine is perfect for suitable wood, textile, industrial architectural modeling, specialty advertising, plastics, rubber stamps, picture framing and so on.
It is powered by 50W and has a working area of 300 mm x 500 mm with a maximum moving speed of 500 mm per second. This laser engraving machine has a sealed laser tube, with a lifetime of up to 2000-4000 hours, and a 50W laser head.
VEVOR Laser Engraver can remove heat and combustible gases efficiently. That way it saves your end product from burning during engraving working. Moreover, it has a built-in cooling fan to ventilate the whole system.
The formats that are is supported on this machine are the ones that work in CorelDraw, Photoshop, and AutoCAD. Vevor measures 40.15 x 25.5 x 24.8 inches (1020 x 650 x 630 mm) and it weighs 143.3 pounds (65 kilograms.)
This laser cutting and engraving machine has a maximum moving speed of 500 mm per second and a minimum shaping character of 2 x 2 mm, while the minimum letter size is 1 x 1 mm.
Vevor 50W is a little stronger than the one we mentioned earlier and it will suit all your company’s cutting and engraving needs.
Here are the features you would like to see in an efficient laser cutter and engraver:
When looking at the Orion Motor Tech 60W Laser Engraving Machine you’d think you were looking at a combination toolbox and generator. The red and black design does give it this kind of a look. However, it is a strong engraving machine that can work with a number of materials.
Beyond what the other engraving machines can function on, the Orion Motor Tech 60W Laser Engraving Machine is also able to engrave into the crystal, marble, mylar, ceramics, plus the previously mentioned materials like plastic, vinyl, rubber, and leather.
One of the main benefits of the Orion Motor Tech 60W Laser Engraving Machine is its large work area. In fact, up until this point, it has the largest work area available of 20 inches by 28 inches.
Like other brands, the Orion Motor Tech 60W Laser Engraving Machine comes with its own design software. However, unlike some of the other titles, this engraving machine is able to work with a wider range of software titles you may already have, including CAD.
When working with materials that produce toxins and vapors when engraved in you’ll want a continual movement of air. With the Orion Motor Tech 60W Laser Engraving Machine, there is a built-in air compressor that directs a continuous stream of air to remove all heat and combustible gases. This is an added safety feature that’s extremely beneficial.
The Orion Motor Tech 60W Laser Engraving Machine is designed for an industrial site, or at the very least, somewhere you can safely house it. This is because the device is 500 pounds in weight, so it’s not something you can toss onto the computer desk.
Some of the features you’ll find on the Orion Motor Tech 60W Laser Engraving Machine include:
The Orion Motor Tech 60W CO2 Laser Engraver Cutter is a solid workstation and one that directly competes with the previous Orion laser cutter. That is because outside of the color, the two share most of the same specs (this design is yellow, the other option is red).
The Orion Motor Tech 60W CO2 Laser Engraver Cutter features the same 500-pound weight and works with the same operating systems and computer programs.
However, the one main difference, outside of the color, are some added materials you can engrave with this yellow version over the red. There are some metals you can now engrave with this laser engraver. This includes anodized aluminum. You can even engrave into jade, veneer, and cork.
Some of the features on the Orion Motor Tech 60W CO2 Laser Engraver Cutter to consider include:
When you want a laser cutter and engraver that will look right at home with your home office or place of business and doesn’t have the industrial feel as nearly all the other options on this list, the Glowforge Plus 3D Laser Printer is perfect for you. In fact, it looks like an oversized large format printer.
The beauty of the Glowforge Plus 3D Laser Printer is that not only is it an engraver but it is technically a printer as well.
While it doesn’t use the plastic mold design as other 3D printers, the laser design allows you to cut a complete 3D object. This way, you not only can engrave an object but you can completely build it from scratch.
The Glowforge Plus 3D Laser Printer works with most computer operating systems, including not only Windows and macOS but also iOS and Android. You can even control the printer/laser engraver using the provided Glowforge App
The Mophorn Laser Engraving Machine is a powerful engraving machine that takes advantage of an air-assisted engraving feature. It also works with programs like CorelDraw and AutoCAD.
With the Mophorn Laser Engraving Machine, you still can’t engrave into metal. However, you can engrave into just about any other material out there, including bamboo, plexiglass, crystal, wood, and other options.
The Mophorn Laser Engraving Machine is heavy. There’s no other way to say it. It weighs in at 793 pounds
The Mophorn Laser Engraving Machine will connect to your computer system using a wired USB 2.0 cable connection.
Some of the features on the Mophorn Laser Engraving Machine to consider include:
Dremel Laser Cutter with BOFA AD 350 is the most expensive on the list but it definitely does the job the right way.
This 40W CO2 Laser cutter cuts or engraves wood, glass, paper, leather, acrylic, cardboard, fabric, rubber and so on. It can run continuously through all your projects and features 5 safety sensors, which ensure the proper work of all components.
Moreover, the product comes with the 350 fume extraction and filtration system will remove the fumes and the particles that can potentially harm you in the cutting or engraving process. Plus, this machine has extremely user-friendly software.
The engraving area on Dremel Laser Cutter is 18.4 x 12 inches (467 mm x 304.8 mm). The cutting area is a little bigger than on the previous engravers and it measures 20 x 12 inches (508 mm x 304.8 mm). Also, the maximum engraving height is 1.25 inches or 32 mm, while the maximum cutting height is ¼ of an inch for wood and acrylic (6 mm.).
This machine comes in the so-called “Hex Box,” in which you can find cooling and air assist systems that saving you time and energy that you’ll usually use to purchase, find, and install all those systems separately.
There are a few features of Dremel worth mentioning. Those are:
There’s no limit to the kind of laser cutters and engraving machines out there. You can pick up an entry-level option for under $200 if you’re interested in basic engraving on leather and vinyl stickers, or you can move your way up into the world of wood and metal.
Realistically there is no one right or wrong engraving machine on the list. You may need something with serious cutting power while others might want something as a hobby device, or to help their up and coming Etsy store.
We decided to give our Editor’s Pick to the BobsCNC E3 CNC Router Engraver Kit. We were extremely impressed by the overall quality of the wood engraving. The fact that it altered the engraving depth was exceptional, especially for the price tag. It may not be much to look at, but there is a reason why it’s an Amazon’s Choice recipient.
While we love the wood engraving machine, what’s your favorite? If you were to pick something out, which one would you go with, or is there another laser cutter and engraving machine on the market you’d go with instead?
Let us know in the comments! We’d love to hear from you.