Full Spectrum Laser

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Full Spectrum Laser
Full Spectrum Laser.jpg
Owner Erik Ruud.
Manufacturer Full Spectrum Laser
Model H-Series 20x12
Serial # ??
Usability Working (See Notes)
Contact Erik Ruud.
Product Website Full Spectrum Laser
Instructions Manual
Hackable? No
Replacement Cost $4,200
Cutting Area 20" x 12"
Open ??

5th Generation Hobby Laser from Full Spectrum Lasers in Nevada.

20 x 12 cutting area.

Laser Cut Wood, Acrylic, Paper, Cardboard, etc. Does not cut metal, poly-carbonate or vinyl.

Laser Engrave the above plus glass, stone, tile and some metals (probably need ceramark or similar).

Uses proprietary software called RetinaEngrave 3D which acts as a print driver enabling almost any software to be used to create your cut/engrave jobs.

Download the software from: https://www.fslaser.com/RetinaEngrave or get it off the flash drive. Use the 1.0 version. The 3.0 version is not compatible with this laser.

Cutting and engraving settings are controlled by the color of the lines in the source document and are set in RE3D after you send the print job.


Important safety information.

  • The lid must be closed and the water and air pumps must be running
  • Everything is turned on from the green power strip and then you turn the big red knob on top until it pops up to start the laser

Getting Started

You will need to download and install the proprietary software.

Download the software from: https://www.fslaser.com/RetinaEngrave or there is a red flash drive with the laser cutter that has the software on it.

The first thing to do is turn on the power strip under the laser printer. This powers up the vent fan, the air pump for the air assist feature and water pump for cooling the laser tube.

Next rotate the red knob on top of the laser as shown by the arrows. It pop up a little and the laser will begin to boot up. When the boot cycle is complete the screen display should look like this.

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The bottom right corner is a status message. In this case LOff means that the laser is off.

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A message showing "NLid" means that the lid is open. The laser will not run if the lid is open.

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A message showing "NWtr" means that the cooling water is not flowing. The pump may not be plugged in, or it is not working. The sensor might not be working or the water input and output are reversed.

There is an aluminum slug that is used to set the distance between the lens assembly and the surface of your material.

The FSLaser appears on the network as "sandstone" with a device type of "Texas Instruments".

Resources and Additional Info

Designing for Laser Cutting eBook

Free Laser Cutting Projects

One Hour Build Videos

Laser Talk VLOG

Helpful Videos

Getting Started with Your H-Series Laser

  • The version of the laser at fox.build does not have the direct USB connection shown in this video.

Retina Engrave 3D Software Overview

  • The material test function shown in the video was removed from the current version of RetinaEngrave.

Laser Tutorial - Make a Puzzle from an Image

Laser Tutorial: Engraved Coaster Set

Importing from Inkscape to RetinaEngrave

  • The same basic steps would apply to importing from almost any graphics software.

Your First Project

Steps here for a simple first project.

Your Second Project

Steps here for a slightly more advanced second print after doing the first.


Additional Notes Here