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2019 Dremel LC40 Laser Engraver & Cutter – Review the Specs

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by Mika Yeap
Jun 17, 2019
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Sleek and UL-certified, the Dremel LC40 is a relatively high-end laser engraver and cutter. How does it hold up against the competition? Find out as we review its specs.

For a staggering $6000, the Dremel LC40 can really throw off the casual headline reader – with close competitors priced much more affordable, it’s tempting to disregard this machine as overpriced. But take a deeper look and you’ll see that the LC40 offers many surprises hidden beneath its tinted hood.

Let’s review the specs of this machine to find out what makes it worthy of its asking price.

Dremel LC40 Laser Cutter

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Dremel LC40 Laser Engraver & Cutter – Review the Specs Features

Standard 40W CO2 Laser

The LC40 is equipped with a standard laser tube that allows it to slice through and engrave leather, wood, glass, stone, rubber, and acrylic. The laser itself is tucked safely away near the back of the machine – mirrors are used to reflect the laser onto the material itself. Things are pretty standard in this department, but it’s the workflow quirks and extra features that make this machine special.

Connectivity and Accessibility

Even without a WiFi connection, you can control the LC40 using the onboard LCD touch screen. Alternatively, you could connect to the LC40 wirelessly for safe control from a distance. Dremel has opted for a totally-wireless software workflow, which can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you don’t have to be near a machine emitting nasty fumes while setting up a new job; on the other hand, you’re stuck with Dremel’s proprietary software.

Built-in Smart Camera

The Dremel LC40 actually has a built-in camera to align your design to irregular workpieces. Essentially, this allows you to preview the design before you start cutting, which would be useful for irregularly shaped slices of material, for instance. This feature is rare among machines below and at this price range, so it’s definitely a pleasant feature that justifies the price tag.

Dremel LC40 up close. (Source: Tom’s Guide)

Size and Extras

This is one bulky machine, roughly one meter in length and 0.6 meters in depth. Add to that the water cooling system that needs to stay tethered to the LC40 and you’ve got one bulky setup. And don’t forget: not all configurations of this machine come with a fume extractor (you’ll pay more for that convenience), so you’ll need a well-ventilated place to park the machine.

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Dremel LC40 Laser Engraver & Cutter – Review the Specs Technical Specifications

Weight and Dimensions

Engraving Area: 18.4″ x 12″ (467 mm x 304.8 mm)

Machine Dimensions: 32″ x 20″ x 8.25″ (812.5 mm x 508 mm x 209.55 mm)

Weight: 63.3 lbs (28.7 kg) (without Hex Box™ or accessories)

Shipping Weight: 100 lbs (45 kg)

Laser

Laser Classification: IEC 60825-1 Class 3R

Laser Type: Sealed CO2 Laser Tube

Laser Power: 40W

Control Software

Compatibility: Mac & PC

Browser Compatibility: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, & IE

Material Capabilities

Wood, Acrylic, Glass, Stone, Paper, Aluminum, Leather

Included Equipment

Dremel LC40

External water cooling unit

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Dremel LC40 Laser Engraver & Cutter – Review the Specs Where to Buy

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