Unlike professional laser machines, which are used for cutting the challenging materials such as metals, a DIY Laser Engraver use a low to medium power laser that can engrave or cut only thin materials like leather, plywood, acrylic, cardboard.
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Usually this low power machine are build by DIY (do it yourself) enthusiast, but some cheap kits (100-200$) can be bought in ebay and assembled by everyone.
Professional machine are bundled with their own software. A DIY machine usually does not have software, or has a very simple one. LaserGRBL is intended to give some professional functions to amateur user.
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