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The 12 Best Laser Engraver Machines Laser Cutters for 2022

If you’re new to the world of engraving, you may be wondering what the heck a laser engraving machine is. To put it simply, these powerful devices allow you to burn or etch designs, images, patterns, or letters and numbers onto the surface of an object. Items such as jewelry, leather belts, electronics, or award plaques are just a few common things frequently engraved with words or designs.

Whether you’re a hobbyist with a “burning” desire to make unique designs or a professional that creates customized objects for consumers, a laser engraving machine can take your work to the next level. While laser engravers were historically expensive and inaccessible to everyday consumers, there is now a range of affordable machines that can be used by almost anyone.

This guide will outline the best laser engraver machines on the market. We’ll start with a summary of our top picks, then give an overview of how these machines work, before outlining what to look for before buying one, along with our list of top ten favorites.

At a Glance: The Best Laser Engraving Machines

1. Best Overall: CNC 3018 Pro Machine Laser Engraver

2. Quickest Focus: SCULPFUN S9 Laser Engraver

3. Best Dual Printer: BIBO 3D Printer Dual

4. Easiest Assembly: OMTech 40W Laser Engraver Cutter

5. Best Premium: Glowforge Plus 3D Laser Printer

6. Best Basic: ORTUR Laser Master 2

7. Best Value for Money: Genmitsu CNC 3018-PRO

8. Most Compact Design: LaserPecker Pro Portable Engraver Lazer

9. Largest Work Area: Atomstack Rose A5 Laser Engraver

10. Best for Beginners: Titoe 2-in-1 5500mW Engraver

11. Best for Cylindrical Objects: Genmitsu Laser Engraver Rotary Roller

12. Best Budget: Bachin DIY CNC Engraving Cutting Machine

What is a Laser Engraver Machine?

A laser engraver machine uses a laser beam to etch patterns, images, letters, etc. on to the surface of a flat or 3D object. Depending on the type, these machines can engrave on an array of different materials such as:

  • Metals (steel, copper, aluminum, brass, gold, silver, alloy, iron, etc.)
  • Acrylic
  • Delrin
  • Glass
  • Rubber
  • Wood
  • Fabric
  • Plastic
  • Leather
  • Paper
  • Stone
  • Textiles

While all laser engraver machines differ in terms of scope, size, and specifications, a typical device consists of a machine frame, laser generator, laser head, CNC controller, laser power supply, laser tube, lens, mirror, and other air filtering systems.

How Does a Laser Engraving Machine Work?

Laser engraving machines work using computerized motor controls. Designs are usually initiated or created through software on a computer or app and then transmitted to the engraving machine.

As it works, the laser beam on the machine is reflected through its mirrors and focused downward onto specific areas, which creates the etching design. During this process, heat and smoke are generated, which is why some machines come with built-in cooling fans. Engraving can be as simple or as detailed as you like, but it’s best to find machines that are designed for the type of work you’re intending.

What is a Laser Engraver Used For?

Laser engraving machines can be used by hobbyists who want to create designs on various objects such as watches, mugs, pens, woodworking, or other material surfaces. They can also be used on an industrial scale in manufacturing for things like toys, watches, packaging, medical technology, architectural models, automotive, jewelry, packaging design, and more.

Most laser engravers on our list are for the everyday hobbyist or amateur engraver who wants to use the machine for personal use. These machines are ideal for creating gifts, artwork, or for customizing everyday objects.

What to Look for When Buying a Laser Engraver Machine

Whether you’re looking for an engraving machine for personal or professional usage, below are a few things to consider first.

Price

When it comes to laser engravers and cutters, prices can range from $150 to $10,000; however, the machines we cover in our list vary from $180 – $3,000. The good news is that you don’t need to drop a lot of cash to get a high-quality machine. If you’re an amateur artist or a beginner engraver, you’ll be pleased to know that some of the machines on our list are both high quality and budget-friendly.

Machine Type

If you’re new to engraving machines, it’s worth knowing that some have more than one function. While many machines solely perform engraving and cutting functions, some machines also have 3D printing capabilities.

Others provide both a laser-based and a CNC router-based engraver. Therefore, depending on your needs, check to see what other functions the machine provides before you make your purchase. This can also make a difference in terms of the price.

Engraving Dimensions

Another consideration when buying a laser engraving machine is how much space you’re working with. For example, are you looking for a machine that fits on a desk, or do you have a dedicated room with a large workspace? Also, will you be working with small objects or larger ones?

As you’ll see on our list, there are varying engraving dimensions for each machine. Typically, the higher the dimensions, the more it can push up the price point (but not always).

So, before you buy any old machine, assess your size requirements. This also depends on the types of materials you’re working with. Be sure to check the product specs beforehand, as you could end up receiving a machine that is too big or too small for your purposes.

Materials

This is an obvious point, but you’ll also want to consider what materials you’ll be working with. Will you primarily be engraving wood? Metal? Or a mix of materials? Many machines will engrave both metal and non-metal materials, but it’s worth checking what it can handle before you buy. The last thing you want is to spend time setting up your machine only to discover it won’t work on your chosen materials.

Software Compatibility

When it comes to laser engravers and cutters, software compatibility matters a lot. For instance, depending on your skill level and experience, you may want to find a machine that is compatible with your own design software. Alternatively, some machines come with pre-installed software, which means all your work will be done using that platform. Therefore, if you have specific programs that you want to use, be sure to check that the machine can accommodate them.

Other compatibilities to consider are whether the machine works on Windows or Macs and whether it’s app-controlled through Bluetooth.

Other Things to Look Out for

Along with the essential considerations above, there are a few other things to look for when choosing the right engraver and cutter.

Weight

Weight considerations come down to the space that you have to accommodate your machine. If you plan to place it on a small, delicate table, a heavy 113 lb. machine like the Glowforge Plus won’t do you any favors. On the other hand, the 10 lb. Atomstack Rose is easier to carry and handle. Therefore, it’s important to assess the weight before making your purchase.

Ease of Assembly

Are you good at assembling mechanical things? If so, then you likely won’t shy away from laser machines that require some nuts-and-bolts assembly. However, if you’re a newbie and not a fan of spending an hour or two putting devices together, you’ll want a machine that is ready to use straight out of the box. Our list below provides a mix of average assembly and plug-and-play options.

Ease of Use

Last, but not least, you’ll want to consider how easy it is to use the machine. If you’re new to engraving and using this kind of technology, it’s best to go with beginner options. However, if you don’t mind taking the time to learn the ins and outs of a laser engraving machine, you could also opt for one that is more complex. Whatever you decide, it’s best to assess the machine for usability and whether you’ll have to spend a few hours with a manual or tutorial before starting.

Now that we’ve addressed the considerations and features to look out for when choosing a laser engraver, let’s review the top 10 on the market.

Top 12 Laser Engravers

1. Best Overall: CNC 3018 Pro Machine Laser Engraver

Why We Like It: This lightweight laser engraver has a simple design that makes engraving a breeze. It also comes with a powerful motor and a large surface area.

Editor’s Rating: 5 stars

Quick Facts

· Machine Type: Laser Engraver

· Engraving Dimensions: 11.8 x 7.1 x 1.8” (300mm x 180mm x 48mm)

· Weight: 15 lbs.

· Materials: Wood, Leather, Plastic

· Software Compatibility: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux, MacOS

At the top of our list is this laser engraver from CNC. With its easy installation and simple design, this machine will have you coming back for more. It’s also great value for money.

Standout Feature

The CNC 3018 comes with an offline controller, which allows you to operate the machine without the computer.

Ease of Assembly

This laser engraver is easy to set up and install. Included with the machine is a user manual, installation instructions, and a video to help you get up and running in no time.

Ease of Use

The simple design of this machine makes it easy to use. While there is a fair amount of software to install, the CNC 3018 Pro is an excellent choice for those new to engraving or who want a quality machine without breaking the bank.

Pros

· Large working area

· Excellent motor

· Sturdy material

· Easy to install

Cons

· Lots of software to load

2. Quickest Focus: SCULPFUN S9 Laser Engraver

Why We Like It: The S9 laser engraver comes out on top when it comes to focus speed and accuracy, making it a great option for engraving materials like ceramics.

Editor’s Rating: 5 stars

Quick Facts

· Machine Type: Laser Engraver

· Engraving Dimensions: 16 x 16” (410mm x 420mm)

· Weight: 7 lbs.

· Materials: Metal and Non-Metal Materials

· Software Compatibility: Windows, Mac

If you’re looking for a laser engraver with precision and fast focus speed, the S9 is it. This is due to the machine’s design which requires the user to simply slide and tighten the laser to focus. The S9 is also lightweight and easy to set up, and it comes with a generous engraving area.

Standout Feature

The S9 is equipped with a laser filter which means the user doesn’t have to wear goggles while engraving.

Ease of Assembly

This machine is easy to set up and assemble, especially if you’ve set up an engraving machine before. If in doubt, the S9 also comes with an instruction manual.

Ease of Use

The S9 is simple to use, even for newbies or beginners. While there may be a learning curve in terms of how to use an engraver generally, the S9 and its instructions are easy to follow.

Pros

· Easy to assemble

· High-quality parts

· Excellent precision

· Comes with a 1-year warranty

Cons

· Only works on flat surfaces

3. Best Dual Printer: BIBO 3D Printer Dual

Why We Like It: This dual-function 3D printer and engraver produces high-quality work, is easy to use, and can print two objects simultaneously. What more could you want?

Editor’s Rating: 5 stars

Quick Facts

· Machine Type: Laser Engraver and 3D Printer

· Engraving Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.3 x 6.3” (214mm x 186mm x 160mm)

· Weight: 40 lbs.

· Materials: Metal and Non-Metal Materials

· Software Compatibility: Windows, Mac, and Linux OS

At the top of our list is this dual-function laser engraver and 3D printer from Bibo. With a full color touch screen and a sturdy frame, this 2-in-1 machine produces quality engraving and printing without much fuss. Their customer service is also reportedly top-notch.

Standout Feature

The dual extruder allows you to print in two colors and print two objects at one time. However, the machine only works on flat surfaces.

Ease of Assembly

The Bibo 3D printer is simple to assemble; included with the device are detailed instructions in print and on video. This includes info about how to set up the machine as well as how to operate and use the programs.

Ease of Use

This machine is easy to use once you set everything up. There may be a bit of a learning curve for people who are new engraving, but that can be offset by taking advantage of Bibo’s customer support and detailed instructions.

Pros

· Durable materials

· Easy to use

· Great value for money

· Doubles as an engraver and 3D printer

Cons

· Only works on flat surfaces

4. Easiest Assembly: OMTech 40W Laser Engraver Cutter

Why We Like It: While this engraver doesn’t work with metal, it makes up for it with virtually no assembly required. It also has a built-in cooling fan.

Editor’s Rating: 4.5 stars

Quick Facts

· Machine Type: Laser Engraver Cutter

· Engraving Dimensions: 12” x 8” (300mm x 200mm)

· Weight: 20.9 lbs

· Materials: Non-Metal Materials Only

· Software Compatibility: Printers, Scanners, TIF, BMP, JPG, JPEG, WMF, EMF, PLT

The beauty of this laser engraver cutter from OMTech is it’s ready to use right out of the box. This powerful machine also comes with a red dot guidance system to identify position sizing during engraving. It also has a stability clamp for engraving non-flat objects.

Standout Feature

OMTech’s laser engraver is equipped with an exhaust fan that helps enhance ventilation.

Ease of Assembly

This laser engraver is easy to assemble as it works straight out of the box! No need to spend hours reading the assembly manual or getting out your hefty toolbox.

Ease of Use

Designed to be used almost immediately, this machine is easy to use from the get-go. Its control panel with LCD display also allows you to monitor and adjust laser temperature and power. However, complete beginners might need to bring themselves up to speed with its multiple functions.

Pros

· Ready to use straight out of the box

· User-friendly

· Comes with a built-in cooling fan

· Provides a stability clamp for engraving non-flat objects

Cons

· Can be challenging for complete beginners

5. Best Premium: Glowforge Plus 3D Laser Printer

Why We Like It: It may have a high price point, but this product doubles as a 3D laser printer and engraver and offers the best in quality and precision. There’s also no assembly required!

Editor’s Rating: 4.5 stars

Quick Facts

· Machine Type: Laser Engraver and 3D Printer

· Engraving Dimensions: 46” x 26”x 18” (1.2cm x 660mm x 457mm)

· Weight: 113 lbs.

· Materials: Metal and Non-Metal Materials

· Software Compatibility: PC, Mac, Tablets

Quality precision and versatility are the main pluses of this 3D laser printer and engraver. The device is easy to set up and comes with free apps, which makes use and assembly simple from the start. It engraves all kinds of materials, including metal; however, it only works on flat objects.

Standout Feature

This device is highly automated: with autofocus, auto-print settings, and material detection, the price is well worth it. It also means you can easily and efficiently print or cut to your heart’s content.

Ease of Assembly

Unlike other machines on our list, the Glowforge is easy to set up. It comes with simple online directions with pre-installed software. All that’s required is to attach the print head, plug in the machine, and load an app. There are also tutorials available on the Glowforge community forum.

Ease of Use

For the average person, the Glowforge is easy to use. With few buttons and calibrations to make, this device is great for beginners and people with little experience using 3D printers and laser cutters. Printing is as simple as uploading a project, aligning the material, and then hitting ‘print’.

However, laser cutting can take some practice, so it’s worth learning how to adjust the settings to get the ideal cut.

Pros

· Good value for money

· User-friendly

· High-quality materials

· Doubles as 3D printer and engraver

Cons

· Laser cutting may take some practice

· Only works on flat items

6. Best Basic: ORTUR Laser Master 2

Why We Like It: As far as laser engravers go, this is a respectable basic model that won’t break the bank. It also easy to set up and use for those who are new to engraving.

Editor’s Rating: 4 stars

Quick Facts

· Machine Type: Laser Engraver

· Engraving Area: 15” x 12” (400mm x 300mm)

· Weight: 7.78 lbs.

· Materials: Metal and Non-Metal Materials

· Software Compatibility: Windows XP, 7, 8, 10, Mac OS and Linux

The Ortur is a decent machine for basic engraving work. It’s easy to set up and is safety fitted with a G sensor on the main board to detect unauthorized movement. While the cutting quality is top-notch, it can struggle to do highly detailed work.

Standout Feature

The Ortur comes with a triple safety protection system: it turns off automatically if the machine is bumped, if the USB connection fails, or if there is no movement on the stepper motors.

Ease of Assembly

While the Ortur does require some assembly, it is fairly simple if the instructions are followed carefully. We recommend supplementing the setup guide with video tutorials that can help you put everything together in less than 30 minutes.

Ease of Use

The Laser Master 2 is easy to use and manage once you get familiar with the software and how it works. People without mechanical experience may struggle initially, but practice will make perfect.

Pros

· Comes with triple safety protection

· Good price point

· Simple to use

Cons

· Not as versatile as other engravers

· Can struggle to do highly detailed work

7. Best Value for Money: Genmitsu CNC 3018-PRO

Why We Like It: At a lower cost, the Genmitsu CNC is a decent engraver that provides excellent value for money.

Editor’s Rating: 4 stars

Quick Facts

· Machine Type: Laser Engraver

· Engraving Dimensions: 11.8 x 7.1 x 1.8” (300mm x 180mm x 45mm)

· Weight: 15.12 lbs.

· Materials: Metal and Non-Metal Materials

· Software Compatibility: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, MAC OS

The Genmitsu CNC provides excellent value for money and is built with sturdy materials. While assembly can be tricky, the machine performs well and provides decent engraving on metal and non-metal materials. The company also provides excellent customer service and a Facebook support group.

Standout Feature

Offline control: this device allows you to control the CNC router remotely without connecting it to a computer.

Ease of Assembly

Assembly can take a bit longer with this machine compared with others on our list. Those without experience may also find assembly challenging and time-consuming. However, this can be made easier by following the pictorial instruction guide and referring to their customer support network for help.

Ease of Use

While the Genmitsu is designed for beginners, there can be a learning curve when it comes to how CNC controllers are used. However,YouTube tutorials can help you get up to speed. Once you’re familiar with the setup, though, the Genmitsu is simple and easy to use.

Pros

· Excellent value for money

· Sturdy build

· Great customer service and support

Cons

· Assembly can be challenging for newbies

· The detection system could be better

8. Most Compact Design: LaserPecker Pro Portable Engraver Lazer

Why We Like It: This compact machine from LaserPecker is easy to operate and is designed to be ready for use straight out of the box.

Editor’s Rating: 4 stars

Quick Facts

· Machine Type: Laser Engraver

· Engraving Dimensions: 16” x 16” (410mm x 400mm)

· Weight: 4.11 lbs.

· Materials: Metal and Non-Metal Materials

· Software Compatibility: App-based Bluetooth via mobile phone, Android, iOS

LaserPecker’s engraving machine is the sleekest and most compact on our list. Ready to use straight out of the box, this simple machine is powerful and has automated features that allow it to focus accurately and avoid overheating. Its compact design also means it’s easy to transport. Design aside, though, the stand has been known to wobble at times.

Standout Feature

The outstanding feature on the LaserPecker is its compact design. With an auto-adjusting support stand, this sleek machine can be set up and ready to focus in seconds.

Ease of Assembly

This engraver is ready to use straight out of the box. Its lack of assembly will also appeal to those who are less mechanically inclined.

Ease of Use

As well as being another plug-and-play device, the LaserPecker is easy to use, which is great news for beginners or newbies. However, engraving can be slower compared to other machines, especially if the surface area is large.

Pros

· Compact and easy to transport

· Easy to use

· Works right out of the box

Cons

· Stand can wobble

· Engraving can be slow compared with other machines

9. Highest Compatibility: Atomstack Rose A5 Laser Engraver

Why We Like It: Atomstack’s laser engraver takes the top spot when it comes to compatibility and large work area.

Editor’s Rating: 4 stars

Quick Facts

· Machine Type: Laser Engraver and Cutter

· Engraving Dimensions: 16” x 15.8” (410mm x 400mm)

· Weight: 10.98 lbs.

· Materials: Metal and Non-Metal Materials

· Software Compatibility: LaserGRBL, LightBurn, Windows XP, 7, 8, XP, 10, Mac, NC, BMP, JPG, PNG, DXF

Atomstack’s laser engraver and cutter provides excellent compatibility, value, and a generous engraving area at a decent price point. This user-friendly device is lightweight and well-built, although it doesn’t perform as well with metal or thick wood.

The company also provides a 30-day unreasonable return and 12 months of free maintenance, replacement parts, and technical support.

Standout Feature

This device comes with a laser protective cover, removing the need for engraving goggles.

Ease of Assembly

Assembly is simple with this device and can be done in less than 30 minutes if the instructions are followed carefully.

Ease of Use

Atomstack’s engraver is suited for beginners and is user-friendly once it’s up and running. However, the software can require a bit of a learning curve for people who are new to this technology. If you’re struggling, YouTube tutorials like this one can give you a helping hand.

Pros

· Easy to assemble

· User-friendly

· Lightweight

Cons

· Doesn’t perform well with thicker wood

· Metal etching can be poor

10. Best for Beginners: Titoe 2-in-1 5500mW Engraver

Why We Like It: If you’re a newbie when it comes to engraving, the Titoe is a great starting point. It also doubles as a laser engraver and CNC machine.

Editor’s Rating: 4 stars

Quick Facts

· Machine Type: Laser Engraver and CNC Machine

· Engraving Dimensions: 11.8” x 7”x 1.8” (300 x 180 x 450mm)

· Weight: 15.52 lbs.

· Materials: Metal and Non-Metal Materials

· Software Compatibility: Windows XP / Win 7 / Win 8 / Win 10

This 2-in-1 machine is designed with beginners in mind. While users may need to get familiar with the difference between CNC and laser engraving, this machine is easy to operate and start designing. However, those wanting to expand to larger projects may outgrow the machine and require something with a stronger motor.

Standout Feature

The Titoe has a 2-in-1 design, which means it operates as both a CNC router and a laser engraver.

Ease of Assembly

This machine is easy to assemble and provides instructions on the flash drive. If you follow the notes, assembly should take no longer than an hour.

Ease of Use

As a starter machine, the software and mechanism on the Titoe 2-in-1 are easy to use: tutorials can also help if you run into issues, especially as the Z-axis is known to be a bit weak.

Pros

· Good value for money

· User-friendly

· Great for beginners

Cons

· Quality isn’t as high as other engravers

· Z-axis is a bit weak and wobbles

11. Best for Cylindrical Objects: Genmitsu Laser Engraver Rotary Roller

Why We Like It: Genmitsu’s roller engraver is designed for cylindrical objects and is great value for money.

Editor’s Rating: 4 stars

Quick Facts

· Machine Type: Laser Engraver

· Engraving Dimensions: 20”x 22” (22-125mm x 20-220mm)

· Weight: 2.68 lbs.

· Materials: Metal and Non-Metal Materials

· Software Compatibility: Support LaserGRBL, LightBurn

Designed for engraving cylindrical objects, this simple-to-use machine is lightweight and requires virtually no assembly. While the size is a bit on the small side, everything is pre-installed, which is great if you’re looking for a plug-and-play machine that requires little to no fuss.

Standout Feature

Genmitsu’s laser rotary roller comes with 5 roller positions, making it compatible with cylindrical objects with varying diameters. However, the machine can struggle with smaller items like pens.

Ease of Assembly

The Genmitsu laser roller requires practically no assembly. Everything is pre-installed and designed to be ready to use straight out of the box.

Ease of Use

The plug-and-play design of this roller laser engraver makes it simple and easy to use. Adjusting the height and width are easy, and its 5 roller positions make it suitable for objects of different sizes.

Pros

· Excellent value for money

· Well-built design

· Easy to use

Cons

· Can struggle with small items like pens

· Size is a bit small

12. Best Budget: Bachin DIY CNC Engraving Cutting Machine

Why We Like It: At less than $200, this engraver cutting machine is perfect for basic amateur desktop engraving on a shoestring.

Editor’s Rating: 3.5 stars

Quick Facts

· Machine Type: Laser Engraver and Cutter

· Engraving Dimensions: 16” x 20” (400mm x 500mm)

· Weight: 10.43 lbs.

· Materials: Non-Metal Materials Only

· Software Compatibility: Windows, Linux

This simple desktop engraving machine is suited for basic or amateur engraving and is good value for those on a budget. While it doesn’t have the capability of some of its top kin on this list, the Bachin DIY machine is perfect for engraving most materials.

Note: this machine can’t engrave metal, stone, ceramic, jade jewelry, reflective material, colorless transparent material, or soft material.

Standout Feature

Weight: its simple design makes it one of the lighter machines on the list at just over 10 pounds.

Ease of Assembly

Assembly is easy with this machine, and there is a detailed video that shows you how to set everything up. We advise you to follow these directions carefully, however, as one misstep can mean taking it apart and starting over!

Ease of Use

Once it’s set up, the machine and software are easy to use. Beginners will find it’s user-friendly, although this device’s low price point means it’s not as fast as others on this list.

Pros

· Excellent price point

· Easy to assemble

· Great value for money

Cons

· While easy to use, the software can be a bit weak

· Laser isn’t the highest quality

· Not compatible with Mac

Final Thoughts

Finding the right laser engraver machine amongst a sea of choices can be tricky, but once you determine your preferences and what type of machine you need, the decision becomes much easier.

Pairing this up with your requirements in terms of ease of assembly will enable you to make the best choice. We hope this guide will make your search easier and that you’ll find a laser engraver machine that is simple yet high-quality. Happy engraving!

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