Laser cutter works
We got the laser cutter/engraver to work. The cutter is a GCC LaserPro Mercury 25W that is able to engrave and cut soft materials.
Materials tested so far are plywood/wood engraving and cutting. Also Christmas cookie engraving works. It should be able to cut and engrave leather, acrylic and some other materials. At the moment the exhaust ventilation is not permanently fixed as it still needs a proper exhaust fan. With proper venting we can start experimenting with acrylic. Laser also needs a ~60l/min air pump for air assist. Based on previous knowledge and facts the cutter should be able to cut plywood up to 6mm and acrylic perhaps up to 10mm.
It is controlled with a Windows XP machine as there are not that recent drivers for the machine to work on newer systems. The job planning is best done with the CorelDRAW on the controlling computer.
Instruction on usage: https://vaasa.hacklab.fi/rtfm/mercury-laser-cutter/