The brand ELEGOO is no stranger to us on the website, we have heard this name more often in connection with 3D printers. Now they want to expand their product portfolio and start a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. There they present the new ELEGOO PHECDA, a laser engraver and cutter.
The obligatory note right up front: Laser engravers are not toys! A laser can cause serious injuries to the eyes or even blindness if used carelessly. The engraver should be operated in a separate room and absolutely out of reach of children. Under no circumstances should you look into the laser during operation. Safety glasses and/or an appropriate cover over the unit are strongly recommended during operation. However, when used correctly and with appropriate precautions, engraving is generally safe and suitable for beginners, see Aufero Laser 2.
The dark gray aluminum casing with orange plastic elements is already familiar to us from ELEGOO’s other products. The Laser Engraver measures a total of 67.3 x 66 x 19 cm and weighs 6.5 kilos. This results in an engraving area of 40 x 40 cm.
The ELEGOO PHECDA can receive your designs via memory card, USB cable or APP and is compatible with Windows, MAC, iOS and Android. Languages supported are Chinese, English, German, Portuguese and Spanish.
The PHECDA itself has a 10W laser element, but there is also a Pro variant with 20W. This has a focus point of 0.06mm and can engrave up to 8mm deep and 160mm/s fast. This can be used to engrave and cut things that are made of thin wood, paper, leather, fabric, etc. However, stainless steel can only be engraved, for example.
The laser element has two integrated fans, which ensure that the heat generated in the engraving process is evenly distributed and thus the device does not overheat.
There is no automatic air extraction for the odors produced, but there is a magnetic cover with filter for the Z-axis to prevent them from escaping indiscriminately. This should also reduce the operating noise of the PHECDA. Also included is a pair of safety goggles.
With ELEGOO, we are dealing with an already established producer that has already been able to convince in the past. We credit that to the PHECDA as well, especially in the early-bird offer on Kickstarter you can get a solid device here for $240 instead of $400. What do you think of the device, whose name sounds a bit strange?