Creality Falcon 2 Pro Review

As passionate 3D printing and laser technology enthusiasts, we’ve had a chance to test various Creality products over the years. From their renowned 3D printers to their entry into the laser engraving industry, Creality has impressed us with their quality and innovative products.

Coming up below is our Creality Falcon 2 Pro Laser Engraver review. This new machine takes laser engraving experience to new levels. Having previously reviewed the original Falcon 2, we were not sure what would be different in the Falcon 2 Pro. And, will any new upgrades warrant the price of the unit (check current price)?

In this review, we cover the design, features, and performance of the Falcon 2 Pro. Whether you’re looking for your first laser engraving machine, or an additional tool for your craft, this Creality Falcon 2 Pro Laser Engraver review is for you.

Creality Falcon Laser 2 Pro Review

The Creality Falcon Laser 2 Pro is a new laser engraver and cutter that is easy to use and powerful. This machine is suitable to both beginners and experienced makers, thanks to its range of features make laser engraving and cutting safer than ever.

Creality Falcon 2 Pro Laser Engraver
The Creality Falcon 2 Pro at our Test Lab

Creality Falcon 2 Pro Specs

Creality Falcon 40W Creality Falcon 20W
Machine Power 240W 120W
Optical Power 40W 22W
Engraving Area 400x415mm
Machine Size 664x570x328.4mm
Weight 18.56kg 18.04kg
Input Voltage 100-240V∼ 50-60Hz
Output Voltage DC 24V, 10.0A DC 24V, 5.0A
Operating Temperature 5°C-35°C
Laser Source Diode Laser
Laser Wavelength 455±5nm
Laser Class Class 1 (FDA)
Software LightBurn, LaserGRBL
Operating System Windows/MacOs
File Formats JPEG, JPG, PNG, BMP, SVG, DXF, etc.
Materials Cardboard, wood, bamboo, rubber, leather, fabric, acrylic, plastic, etc.
Certifications EC60825, FDA, CE, ROHS, FCC, UKCA, UL Report, PSE
Package Size 730x630x201 mm
Gross Weight 22.90kg 22.38kg

Creality Falcon 2 Pro Features

The Creality Falcon 2 Pro is an FDA Class 1 device. This means that the laser output falls within the safest classification, meaning it poses minimal risk of eye or skin injury during typical use under the recommended operating conditions.

The Falcon 2 Pro packs a punch when it comes to features. It’s key highlights include:

Dual Power Options

The Falcon 2 Pro comes in two distinct models: a 22W version and a 40W version. The 22W model offers a good balance of power and affordability. This unit is ideal for engraving and cutting a wide range of thinner materials like wood, acrylic, leather, and paper. The 40W model boasts a significantly stronger laser. This machine can tackle thicker materials and even perform limited metal marking.

Creality Falcon 2 Pro 40W Laser Module
Creality Falcon 2 Pro 40W Laser Module

Safety First

Safety is critical when working with lasers. Thankfully, the Falcon 2 Pro prioritizes user safety with a fully enclosed design. This enclosure will protect you from direct laser exposure. Inside the enclosure, there is a fume extractor that helps remove dust and debris during operation. This way, your work area will always be clean.

Precision Placement

To achieve clean and accurate results, you have to aligning your project material perfectly. The Falcon 2 Pro has a built-in high-definition camera that provides a real-time view of your workspace directly within the engraving software. You can use the camera to precisely position your design before starting the engraving or cutting process.

Clean Cuts and Clear View

For optimal engraving and cutting performance, the Falcon 2 Pro has an integrated air assist system. This system directs a stream of compressed air onto the cutting area, helping to remove dust, debris, and fumes from the kerf (the narrow slit left behind by the laser). This not only improves the overall cut quality by minimizing scorching and burning, but also maintains a clear view of your project during operation.

Enclosure

The Creality Falcon 2 Pro Laser Engraver prioritizes safety, cleanliness, and user convenience through its fully enclosed design. The enclosed workspace prevents external dust or debris from interfering with the engraving process. The enclosure also contains the fumes and smoke generated during engraving and minimizes noise.

Creality Falcon 2 Pro Enclosure
Creality Falcon 2 Pro Enclosure

Panoramic Visibility

Unlike some laser cutters that have limited visibility due to their enclosed nature, the Falcon 2 Pro boasts a 360° transparent design. This means you can monitor your project’s progress from any angle.

3 Safety Features

The Creality Falcon 2 Pro has three key safety features. First, there is is the automatic laser shut-off mechanism that activates when the enclosure lid is opened. This prevents accidental exposure to the laser beam, minimizing the risk of eye injury. The Falcon 2 Pro also use lid detection technology to ensure the laser only operates when the enclosure is securely closed. Finally, there is an emergency stop button that you can press to immediately stop the operation in case of any issues.

Emergency Stop Button
Emergency Stop Button

Laser Modules and Performance

The Creality Falcon 2 Pro Laser Engraver stands out with its versatile dual laser module setup.

40W Laser Module

To begin, the Falcon 2 Pro’s 40W laser module delivers impressive cutting and engraving results fast and precisely. Whether you’re working with wood, acrylic, leather, or other compatible materials, the 40W laser tackles even demanding projects with ease. From intricate designs to smooth cuts, this module excels in producing professional-quality results every time.

Creality Falcon 2 40W and 1.6W
A 1.6W Laser Module is Also Included

1.6W Laser Module

Complementing the 40W workhorse is the 1.6W laser module. This might seem like a smaller player, but don’t underestimate its impact. This module excels in engraving applications, offering unmatched detail and precision for intricate designs.

The 40W laser boasts a beam size of roughly 0.1mm to 0.15mm, which limits resolution to around 250 lines per inch. On the other hand, the 1.6W module boasts a much finer beam width of 0.05mm. This translates to double the resolution, reaching up to 500 lines per inch. The difference is evident – you’ll achieve significantly crisper and more detailed engravings with the 1.6W module.

To get the difference, we engraved a picture of a dog . The 40W module produces a decent result. However, the 1.6W module took it to a whole new level of detail and clarity.

So, which module should you be using? When you need to cut through thicker material, use the 40W module. If you want to achieve stunningly detailed engravings, switch to the 1.6W module. With this versatility, you can tackle a wide range of creative projects with confidence.

The Falcon 2 Pro delivers exceptional performance across the board. With a maximum engraving speed of up to 25,000 mm per minute, the 40W module allows you to complete projects efficiently without sacrificing quality. For intricate details, the 1.6W module provides unmatched precision. This combination of power and finesse makes the Falcon 2 Pro a valuable tool for makers, artists, and professionals alike.

Software

The Creality Falcon 2 Pro works with both LightBurn and LaserGRBL software for design creation, editing, and control of the laser engraver. The machine also has a built-in camera conveniently located at the top center of the workspace lid.

Calibrating the Lens
Calibrating the Lens using LightBurn

You can use the camera to monitor projects and precisely position materials without opening the enclosure. The live camera feed, combined with the software’s “find space” feature, allows you to optimize material usage. By viewing the workspace layout, you can efficiently place designs and minimize wasted material. This is handy, especially when working with smaller scrap pieces.

While functional, the USB connector for the camera is located on the side of the laser cabinet. This disrupts the streamlined aesthetic of a single USB cable connection. Integrating the camera directly into the controller could have improved the user experience.

Cutting and Engraving Capabilities

The performance of the Creality Falcon 2 Pro hinges largely on the chosen model (22W or 40W). Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect from each:

22W Model

This model excels at engraving tasks and can handle cutting through a variety of thinner materials. Here are some examples:

  • Engraving. Wood, acrylic, leather, paper, cardboard, fabric (with proper adjustments)
  • Cutting. Up to 10mm basswood, 3mm acrylic, 3mm leather

40W Model

With its higher power laser, the 40W Falcon 2 Pro tackles thicker materials with ease. It also delivers faster cutting speeds on materials compatible with both models. Here’s a look at its capabilities:

  • Engraving. All materials compatible with the 22W model, potentially with finer details due to the stronger laser.
  • Cutting. Up to 18mm cherry wood, 15mm dark acrylic, 0.1mm stainless steel (in one pass)

 Engraving Quality and Detail

Both models boast impressive engraving quality. The 22W model delivers sharp, clean engravings with a laser spot size of 0.08 x 0.1 mm. However, the 40W model has a slightly larger laser spot size (0.08 x 0.12 mm) which might result in a tad less detail in very intricate engravings. To address this, the 40W model comes with an additional 1.6W laser module specifically designed for achieving incredibly fine details and intricate work.

Cutting Speed and Precision

Cutting speed and precision are directly tied to the laser power and material thickness. The 40W model naturally offers faster cutting speeds on materials it can handle. However, both models deliver clean and precise cuts when used within their recommended parameters.

Ease of Use

The Creality Falcon 2 Pro is designed to be user-friendly, even for beginners. The machine is compatible with a variety of laser engraving software programs, and Creality offers its own user-friendly software with the machine. The software allows you to import designs, adjust settings like power and speed, and preview your project before engraving or cutting. The built-in camera also contributes to ease of use by simplifying material placement.

Creality Falcon 2 Pro: 22W vs. 40W vs. Creality Falcon 2

While the Creality Falcon 2 Pro is a new model, it’s helpful to compare it to the previous Creality Falcon 2 model (without “Pro”) to see the advancements. Here’s a breakdown:

Feature Falcon 2 Pro (22W) Falcon 2 Pro (40W) Creality Falcon 2
Laser Power 22W 40W + 1.6W pointer laser 5W
Cutting Thickness Up to 10mm basswood Up to 18mm cherry wood Up to 3mm wood
Engraving Detail Excellent Very good (potentially less detail on intricate designs) Good
Cutting Speed Moderate Faster Slower
Enclosed Design Yes Yes No
Air Assist Integrated Integrated No
Built-in Camera Yes Yes No
Safety Certification FDA Class 1 FDA Class 1 IEC Class 1 (similar safety level)
Price Lower Higher Lower

Improvements in the Falcon 2 Pro

  • Significantly higher laser power (both models) allows for faster cutting speeds and the ability to handle thicker materials.
  • Enclosed design with integrated air assist improves safety and cut quality.
  • Built-in camera simplifies material placement and project alignment.
  • Potential for finer detail engraving with the pointer laser (40W model only).

Who should choose the original Falcon 2?

While the Falcon 2 Pro offers substantial upgrades, the original Falcon 2 might still be a good option for users on a tight budget who only need to engrave or cut very thin materials. We also recommend it for crafters who prioritize a more open workspace for project placement.

Find out more in the complete Creality Falcon 2 Review

Creality Falcon 2 Pro vs. XTool S1

Both the Creality Falcon 2 Pro and the XTool S1 are popular laser engravers and cutters in a similar price range. Here’s a head-to-head comparison to help you decide:

Feature Falcon 2 Pro XTool S1
Laser Power Options 22W and 40W 20W (upgradeable to 40W)
Cutting Thickness Up to 18mm (40W model) Up to 15mm (20W model)
Safety Certification FDA Class 1 IEC Class 1 (similar safety level)
Air Assist Integrated Optional add-on
Camera Built-in Optional add-on
Visibility 360° transparent design Lid opening for access
Software Compatible with various programs Proprietary software
Price (20W model) Lower (Check Price) Higher

Both machines offer impressive capabilities, but which one carves its niche as the champion for your DIY arsenal?

Budget and Value

The Falcon 2 Pro emerges as the more budget-friendly option. It doesn’t compromise on cutting area but has  a slightly smaller workspace ( 400x415mm vs the S1’s 498x319mm). However, the Falcon 2 Pro throws in a camera for workpiece positioning, a feature typically absent in similarly priced machines.

Features and Functionality

The xTool S1 counters with a wider array of features. It boasts wireless connectivity, allowing you to upload jobs remotely for ultimate convenience. Automatic laser focus ensures precise cuts, while the Falcon 2 Pro requires manual adjustments. The S1 truly shines for those seeking to tackle curved surfaces – a feat the Falcon 2 Pro can’t manage.

Workpiece Positioning and Ease of Use

The Falcon 2 Pro fights back with its integrated camera, simplifying workpiece positioning. This eliminates the potential for errors associated with the S1’s method, which involves manually moving the laser head and relying on software markings. Beginners or those prioritizing a user-friendly experience might find the Falcon 2 Pro’s camera a significant advantage.

Camera View on LightBurn
The Falcon Pro 2 Has an In-Built Camera

Additional Considerations

  • Rotary Axis: Both machines offer compatible rotary axis attachments for engraving cylindrical objects. However, the S1’s version maintains enclosure due to a riser base, enhancing safety while engraving.
  • Conveyor Feeder: The S1 exclusively offers a conveyor feeder, perfect for tackling lengthy projects.
  • Laser Heads: While both offer interchangeable laser heads, the S1 boasts a 1.64nm laser head ideal for improved metal and plastic engraving, which the Falcon 2 Pro lacks.

Which Should You Choose?

The champion depends on your priorities. For budget-conscious users or beginners seeking a user-friendly option with a larger workspace, the Falcon 2 Pro emerges as a compelling choice, especially with its valuable camera addition. However, if features, advanced functionality, and the ability to handle curved surfaces are paramount, then the xTool S1 reigns supreme. Its wider range of functionalities, including automatic laser focus and the capability for curved surface engraving, make it a powerhouse for experienced users or those with specialized needs.

Pros and Cons

There is no doubt that the Creality Falcon 2 Pro laser is a powerful machine. However, it has its potential drawbacks. Let’s look at the pros and cons of this unit.

Pros

  1. Dual Laser Modules. The inclusion of a 40W laser for cutting and a 1.6W laser for engraving provides users with exceptional versatility for a wide range of applications.
  2. Fully Enclosed Design. The enclosed design enhances safety by containing fumes and noise, making it suitable for various environments, including professional workshops and educational settings.
  3. Built-in Camera. The integrated camera facilitates easy workspace alignment and material positioning, streamlining setup and improving workflow efficiency.
  4. User-Friendly Interface. With intuitive controls and software compatibility, the Falcon 2 Pro is accessible to users of all experience levels, ensuring a smooth user experience.
  5. High-Quality Construction: The robust build quality, with durable materials and precision engineering, offers users a reliable and long-lasting laser engraving solution.

Cons

  1. Speed Limitations. While the Falcon 2 Pro boasts impressive performance, its maximum speed of 25,000 mm per minute falls short of some competitors (like the Xtool S1, which has a speed of 36,000 mm per minute), potentially impacting productivity for users with high-volume production needs. For smaller projects and hobbyists, however, the speed is sufficient.
  2. Limited Height Adjustment. The fully enclosed design offers safety benefits but restricts the maximum height of materials that can be accommodated. This may pose challenges when working with objects exceeding a certain thickness or with irregular shapes.

Conclusion

The Creality Falcon 2 Pro Laser Engraver carves a distinct niche as a prosumer laser engraver. It bridges the gap between basic models and high-end professional machines. While some limitations exist, like speed and height adjustment, the Falcon 2 Pro compensates with its impressive feature set. The dual laser modules offer unmatched versatility for cutting and engraving. And we can’t fail to mention the enclosed design and built-in camera  that improve user safety.

For seasoned professionals focused on high-volume production, the Falcon 2 Pro might not be the ultimate speed machine. However, for hobbyists, makers, and small businesses seeking a feature-rich and user-friendly laser engraver, the Falcon 2 Pro is a compelling choice. This machine is excellent for anyone looking for a versatile and reliable laser engraving solution that prioritizes features and user experience over absolute speed.

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