On May 7th 2016 the crowdfunding campaign for Mr Beam II on Kickstarter ended. The campaign took off like a rocket and reached its goal of 80.000€ within only 4 hours. It was finally funded with 1166 percent of what we asked for. It is the second most funded project of all German Kickstarter projects so far. Worldwide it is in the top 200 of more than 295000+ Kickstarter campaigns. Many thanks to all our supporters for kicking off the production of Mr Beam II.
Laser cutting and engraving is a technique based on thermal material removal. Mostly used on (but not limited to) flat materials, its advantages are working on complex two-dimensional shapes with a very high precision, but without touching the material at all. Compared to traditional methods it is economical for even small batch sizes. We started developing our Mr Beam laser cutter and engraver because we were fascinated by the technology and its possibilities, but weren't able to afford any of the industrial machines.Also, we were not happy with the usability and software stack of existing solutions. We wanted to create the easiest to use laser cutter for the desktop, platform-agnostic and mobile ready.
Focused on the ease of use, Mr Beam works with standard file formats. Simply create your design using your favorite application - or alternatively choose one from our integrated library. Next, drag it into the working area of our web app. An accurate preview of the machine's working area allows for easy positioning on any item. Photos or bitmap graphics are suitable for engraving purposes.Cutting out shapes requires vector graphics files. For the latter, Mr Beam supports the popular, openly documented SVG format, which can be exported from Illustrator, Corel, Inkscape and many others.
Laser cutting works on many materials. Find below some of our favorites:
Easy placement of designs on an item was one of our design goals. So we attached a camera at the safety lid. It provides an accurate preview of the working area including the object you have placed there. Dragging a design into the desired position is now a piece of cake.
During operation the camera allows for easy and safe supervision of the process, with a nice front view of the material. Sit back and enjoy watching the beautiful blue laser beam bringing your design to life.
We have managed to maximize the working area while keeping the overall footprint to a minimum. With a usable space of 500x400mm / 20x16", the device's metal safety housing measures 710x480x175mm. More than enough to deal with large designs while Mr Beam still fits on your desktop.
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You have created an affordable and really easy to use laser engraver, something that I have always wanted but I have never been able to afford. [...] Thanks to you I have expanded my art medium and I am even selling personalized wooden engravings.