Founded earlier this year by January 2015 by “bright Russian entrepreneur George I Fomitchev and the brilliant electrical engineer, NASA contractor Matteo Borri”, Endurance is in the business of “business robots, lasers, and telepresence rigs.” With such disparate interests, the company is clearly capable of lateral thinking and devising new applications for their technology. An example of such is the L-Cheapo laser, which can be outfitted onto just about any CNC or FFF 3D printer to turn it into a laser cutting machine.
The L-Cheapo is a 2.1 or 3.5 watt blue laser diode designed in such a way for easy attachment to 3D printers and CNC mills. The startup, which says that it has already sold 1,000 units, claims that to attach and calibrate the L-Cheapo should only take a few hours. The attachment has no need for additional cooling or separate power supply, as it can rely on the same power supply as a 3D printer’s hot end. Oh! And it only costs $195.
With a “dot size” of about 10 mils (0.25mm) at 1/8″ depth, or more at 3/16″, the L-Cheapo is capable of cutting up to 3/16″ (5mm) plywood or acrylic with multiple passes. It can be used to engrave wood, leather, and more, making it useful for artists, designers, or Makers just wanting to personalize their goods with a laser. You can check it out over at the Endurance website. While you’re there, you might want to check out their variety of drones, too.