In this FlyingBear Laserman review, we go through the features, specs and what to expect in terms of performance from the unit. Read our first-hand encounter with this laser engraver.
Today, we’ll be looking at a laser engraver from FlyingBear. We already know the company for its range of 3D printers, such as the FlyingBear Ghost 5 3D Printer. However, did you know that the company also makes laser engravers? And in this article, we’ll be looking at one of their engravers, the FlyingBear LaserMan!
At our Test Lab, we usually print a lot of stuff. However, we’ve also been scanning and laser engraving of late. As you recall, we have tested a couple of laser engravers in the past. Some of those that we have loved include the Ortur Master Laser 3, Orange Ray 5 Laser Engraver and even the Snapmaker laser engraver (part of the modular units of the Snapmaker A350).
Today, we’ll review the FlyingBear LaserMan laser engraver!
But before we get started, here’s what we’ll cover:
FlyingBear Laserman Review
About the Company
FlyingBear is a Chinese company that has been in operations since 2016. The company engages in research, development and production of additive technology. However, it is best known for budget FDM 3D printers like the Flying Bear Aone and a series of printers called Ghost .
Like most Chinese companies that are breaking into the European and American markets, FlyingBear actively interacts with the community and listens to the feedback of its customers.
Now that we know about the company behind this unit, let’s find out more about the laser engraver.
What’s in the Box?
In addition to the main DIY kit, there are additional accessories in the box that you need to get everything working. These include:
- USB cable
- Calibration plate
- Tool kit
- Engraving module for cylindrical objects
- USB drive with test file
- 2mm test engraving blank set and aluminum badge
- Spare HEPA filter
Assembly, Appearance and Equipment
The FlyingBear LaserMan is a budget DIY laser engraver. Like most budget units, you will need to assemble the engraver after unpacking.
Fortunately, DIY kits have long ceased to be too DIY. All you need to do is connect several modules together and after that, you will get a design that is reminiscent of a classic FDM 3D printer. However, the LaserMan will not print but rather, it will engrave.
All main elements of the frame of the machine are made of light but durable aluminum profile. The unit weighs only 6.5 kg.
The dimensions of the ready-to-work engraver are 780×610×157 mm. The unit also has a fairly large working area of 400×450 mm.
The machine is equipped with a laser module with an output power of 5.5 W and a focus of 0.08 × 0.1 mm. This power is enough to cut a 3mm plywood sheet or a pine board up to 6mm thick in one pass. This module allows high-quality processing of wood, plastic, paper, bamboo, engraving and marking on stainless steel and anodized aluminum.
The average engraving speed is between 3,000 and 5,000 mm/min, and the maximum speed can reach 10,000 mm/min.
Of course, FlyingBear didn’t forget to secure the LaserMan. By default, the DIY laser engraver is equipped with a flame detector. Should a fire start, the device will sound off an alarm and turns off the power.
The engraver also has an air filtration system with a HEPA filter that absorbs smoke and particulate matter during operations.
From our experience, we feel that the laser power of the laser is not particularly enough. Yes, the power is enough for simple engravings. However, if you try to do something more difficult (for example, cut plywood thicker than 3 mm), then the laser power is most likely not enough.
During our test, we could only cut thick pieces of plywood (thicker than 3 mm) after in 6-8 passes, and assuming proper sizing.
But there is a positive to also mention. The new LaserMan laser engraver comes with new, quiet drivers. In the previous version, the unit was very loud and this was a concern for many users. Now, it is quiet, except for the hood.
Still, the hood must also be commended for all its volume since it copes well with smoke and small debris that appears during operation. During operations, a small smoke will be visible only from under the workpiece that is being worked on. However, the smoke will soon disappear into the bowels of the hood.
File Transfer and Management
The LaserMan has a micro SD port for transferring files. However, if you are not a fan of micro SD, there is a WIFI module in the engraver for transferring files wirelessly. And if that’s not enough, Iyou can always connect the LaserMan to your computer via a USB cable.
The laser engraver is controlled through a color touchscreen. And, as they say, the touchscreen either exists and it works, or it doesn’t. With this device, it exists and works.
The FlyingBear LaserMan supports two main software packages: the free LaserGRBL for Windows and the paid LightBurn for Windows, Linux and MacOS.
Which one to choose is up to you. We worked with LightBurn, but both programs fit perfectly with the device.
Here are some items we engraved with the LaserMan
The FlyingBear LaserMan is a good engraver for home or educational use. We think this is so mainly because of the power of the laser. In theory, if we put a more powerful laser on the LaserMan , it will be able to cut more sorts of things. As a result, you could even start a small laser engraving and cutting business with it.
However, we have tested laser engravers with more powerful laser heads than 5 W. For example, the Snapmaker comes with a 10W laser head, and so does the Ortur Master Laser 3. Therefore, for business, it would be better to go with an already more powerful laser engraver than start with this one that has 5W power.
And in terms of mastering , the LaserMan is suitable for both beginners and more experienced users. If you are looking for a good and comfortable laser engraver for home use, we highly recommend the FlyingBear LaserMan .
Will you be getting this 5W laser engraver or will you go for the more powerful Ortur Master Laser 3 with 10W? Let us know in the comment section below.