Epilog Laser, a producer of CO2 and fiber laser engraving, cutting and marking systems, launched the Zing 24 laser engraver in March. The machine, which fits into the company’s entry-level product category, provides woodworkers with a wide variety of options for laser-engraving projects, such as box tops or panels.
The Zing 24 is a larger and more enhanced version of the original Zing 16, according to Epilog’s Mike Dean. Several features are included on the Zing 24 that are not found on the Zing 16. These include a front access door, a larger 24" x 12" worktable and a longer Z stroke.
“The Z stroke determines how big of a piece you can put in there,” Dean says. “On the Zing 24, you can work on something up to 7-1/2" tall, whereas the Zing 16 provides for 4".
Also included with the new Zing 24 is a Radiance Optics package.
“When you’re working with lasers, especially CO2 lasers, it helps to cut and engrave if you have an enhanced optics package,” says Dean.
Dean says the machine hooks up to a computer as if you were connecting a paper printer. But instead of putting ink onto paper, a laser beam is fired and the wood surface it comes into contact with is vaporized. The machine allows for 1000 dpi engraving and works with any Windows-based software program.
The Zing 24 also accommodates Epilog’s rotary attachment for woodworkers working on cylindrical items up to about 4” in diameter, says Dean. Other features include the Teflon-coated Infinion Bearings, high-speed micro stepper motors and an intuitive control panel.
The Zing 24 sells for $11,000 to $16,000 with four different laser wattages ranging from 30 to 60. The higher the wattage configuration, the faster the laser will engrave a project.
Contact: Epilog Laser, 16371 Table Mountain Parkway, Golden CO 80403. Tel: 888-437-4564. www.epiloglaser.com
This article originally appeared in the May 2009 issue.