Simple to use and cheap, it is an interesting alternative for 3D printers. See why we recommend it and take a look at its capabilities.
Grawer Alfawise C10 – Main features
|Laser power||2500 mW|
|Working area||30cm x 18cm x 4cm|
|OS||Windows XP / Win 7 / Win 8 / Win10 / Linux|
|Software||Benbox / GRBL|
|Size||33.00 x 40.00 x 24.00 cm|
|Box contents||1 x Engraving Machine, 1 x ER11, 10 x Cutters, 4 x Plates, 1 x Pair of Safety Glasses, 1 x 2500mW Laser|
Pros and Cons
+ Laser engraver + CNC cutter in one
+ Easy operation and fast assembly
+ Excellent precision
+ Software works on Windows and Linux
+ Small and light, doesn’t take a lot of space
+ Cheapest CNC cutter you can get
– Doesn’t cut and engrave metal
Alfawise C10 is actually a two-in-one device: it can engrave or cut, depending on whether you mount a laser or cutting knife. It is a high-precision digital machine tool with a stable, though light, aluminum frame. In the box you will find 10 knives for cutting materials, and optionally you can also buy a 2500 mW laser, allowing you to engrave in a wood, plastic, PVC or similar materials.
The laser power and spindle drive motors are not sufficent to cut and burn through aluminum or steel, but it works great with plastic and MDF boards. The working area 30cm x 18cm x 4cm is large, and if you need bigger areas, you can combine several engraved plates, with glue, nails or screws.
Assembly and control
The assembly is uncomplicated and it should take you no more than half an hour. All you have to do is screw parts with bolts and nuts and plug the cables. All necessary tools can be found in the packaging. You do not need any technical knowledge or skills to do this, and even yo won’t need any special equipment either.
Operation also couldn’t be easier. The Benbox / GRBL software included on the disc is OpenSource and can be used both on Windows and on Linux. All you have to do is to connect the device to the computer via USB, load the vector pattern and run the engraving / cutting. You can download vector patterns from the Internet or just create them yourself. The sky (or maybe your creativity) is the limit!
One thing worth remembering is the safety and careful handling of the laser and knives. For burning in plastic and PVC, it is good to have proper room ventilation, because burning process can release toxic fumes.
Because this cutting machine is rather small and takes up as much space as the printer, you can easily place it on your desk at home. Its applications are innumerable and it will be useful to you both at work and in your hobby. Here are some examples of Alfawise C10 applications:
– Interior decoration: making ads and logos out of MDF or plastic, advertising elements in stores and premises
– Handicraft: designing jewelry, decorations, decor items
– Model making: creating architectural models, machines
– Advertising: making advertising gadgets, prototypes before mass production
Alfawise C10 is a cost-effective alternative to 3D printers, enabling easy CNC engraving and cutting, and costing only a fraction of the industrial machine. Simple operation and uncomplicated assembly make even young hobbyists successfully use it in school projects and learn a lot in the process. On the other hand, excellent precision and solid construction will also appeal to professionals that can use it at work. See the assembly video above and buy it now on Gearbest!