Read our Ortur Laser Master 2 Pro review to find out the capabilities of this laser engraver.
Ortur Laser Master 2 Pro Review
The Ortur Laser Master 2 Pro engraver comes semi-assembled. Inside the box, you will get the following:
- A fully assembled X-axis
- 4 aluminum profiles
- A laser module
- A cable channel with wires
- A control board
- A set of test boards
- A commutation with fasteners.
The kit also comes with a manual showing how to assemble it. However, the manual is not well printed and can be confusing, especially for beginners. Therefore, we recommend you watch the video below on how to assemble the laser engraver.
Materials on the Engraver’s Page
You can visit the official page of the engraver on the manufacturer’s website, where all the information you need is available. For example, there are videos on working with an engraver and more comprehensive instructions in English.
For software, the Ortur Laser Master Pro 2 can work with two options: free LaserGrbl and paid LightBurn. Also, on the product page, there is an alternative firmware for the control board and a recommended driver that should be installed for the engraver to work correctly.
Working at LaserGrbl
Let’s move on to work at LaserGrbl.
First, connect the engraver to the computer via the USB port. In the software interface, press “connect”. This will make the toolbar active.
When opening an image, adjust the anti-aliasing parameters. For complex images with shades, HQ-bicubic is better. There are also settings for brightness, contrast, white balance.
Next, we have the image conversion tools. For example, when you choose 1-bit anti-aliasing, the image breaks into small dots and a menu with blur effects appears. The vectorize function converts a bitmap to a vector image. There is also a mode of engraving the original image without converting the program.
We experimented with the basic mode; tracing along lines.
Next, set the direction of laser movement and the quality of engraving. The quality here depends on the number of lines per millimeter.
After confirming the settings, the laser setting window appears.
In the first window the speed is set from 1000 to 10,000 mm/min.
Next is the laser power setting. M3 is constant power while M4 is variable power. The latter is better for engraving.
Below the setting are power tolerances (from 0 to 100 percent), image size and position data.
After preparing the image, the stripes are clearly visible. Therefore, we will increase the quality of the engraving to the maximum.
While the laser module is equipped with a protective screen, do not work with it without the protective green glasses included in the kit. Otherwise, your eyes will be exposed to laser radiation and you could end up with eyesight problems.
Also, when engraving and especially when cutting, a lot of pungent smoke is emitted. Therefore, ensure you work with the engraver in a well-ventilated room, and preferably with a separate hood.
Here are some results you can expect from engraving with the Ortur Laser Master Pro 2:
Modes of Operation
LaserGrbl works not only with monochrome, but also with color bitmaps.
When you open a vector image, a menu appears where you can adjust the speed and power of the laser.
When working with an engraver, the main difference between a vector image and a raster image is that the laser does not move along the lines of a rater image. However, it follows the lines of the vector image. Therefore, a vector image is better suited for cutting.
Here are the specs of the Ortur Laser Master 2 Pro engraver:
- When assembled, the Laser Master 2 Pro occupies 550×550 mm
- Has an engraving area of 400×400 mm
- XY positioning accuracy is 12.5 microns
- Power is 20 watts, which allows not only engraving, but also cutting materials such as cardboard, plywood, acrylic, leather and plastic.
Ortur supplies a rotation module separately for its engravers. The module allows engraving cylindrical and conical objects.
When using the Rotation Module, it is better to select the vertical engraving direction to control the engraving area on the cylindrical object.
To work with the rotation module, place the engraver on the supports so that the module with the engraved object fits in. There is also a gap for focusing the laser. The module itself is connected to the engraver instead of the Y-axis. Therefore, the movement of the laser is carried out only along the X-axis.
The Laser Master 2 Pro is a simple yet modern engraver. We love its large area of engraving, user-friendly software, as well as safety measures of the devices.
Watch the video review of the Ortur Laser Master 2 Pro below.