How to Setup and Use a Laser Engraver
The NEJE DK-8-KZ laser engraver is great for precision engraving on wood, plastic, bamboo, rubber, leather, or to cut paper and foam. You can use it for home DIY projects, customizing accessories like phone cases, jewelry or labeling awards, trophies and more.
So lets see what comes in the package. You get the Laser Engraving Machine, as well as 2x USB Cables to connect the engraver to power and control it from your computer. There is the all important Protective Glasses as well as a little hex key / wrench. With a 1GB TF Card consing a digital copy of the User Manual and all the required software you set to go. and for reference there’s a printed user manual as well.
Lets see how to started…
Simply install the custom Windows software, plug in the engraver, and within a few short minutes you are all set up and ready to go. It’s that simple.
OK, it will be that simple if you read this blog post.
Did you ever use any printer with a computer? If so you’ll be pleased to know that this is almost the same but instead of printing a document you will engrave the given material.
First step is to install USB-Serial drivers to your computer. These are needed to helps the laser engraver communicate with computer your computer.
You can find the drivers and software on the included 1GB Micro SD card. just grab an SD card reader and insert the card then connect to your computer.
The software supports Windows XP, Win 7, Win 8 and Win 10
Install the drivers
- Do not connect the engraver to your computer yet.
- Copy the memory card contents to your computer
- Find the file named Driver.exe
- Execute the Driver.exe by clicking on it
- Click on the Install button on driver setup menu. This will then start the installation process
- Connect the engraver with your computer via the Mini USB data cable. Do not connect the USB power cable at this time. The computer will detect the device and the laser head will launch the first laser light.
- If you are not sure you can check whether the installation was successful by entering to the Device Manager and follow the steps below.
XP – Right click on My Computer, select Properties, then select Device Manager
Windows 7 – Click Start menu, right click on Computer, select Manage, select Device Manager.
Windows 8, 10 – Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
(If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.) Enter Device Manager in the search box, and tap or click Device Manager.
Expand Ports (COM & LPT). If you find CH340 com then the port it is correctly installed.
Install the software
- Please find the file named Laser_Carver_EN_V3.2.1.exe
- Execute it
- The software’s window will pop up
Now you can connect the power USB cable as well.
Using software and engraving
There is no complicated menu structure or hidden functions. You can find everything on one page.
The Micro SD card also contains sample images with resolutions of 512×512 pixels. Drag your favorite and drop to the software’s preview field. If you do not want to change it then just click on Send Image To Machine button. STOP, we forgot to place the item on printer bed.
So, place the item on printer bed and fix it in-place with rubber bands, a paper clip or similar.
When carving different objects you should adjust the laser focus with this small wheel. Try to reach minimum focal point on the surface of the item.
Remember you should always wear protective glasses when engraving or adjusting the laser focus.
Before you start carving, click on the Carving Preview button to see if the object is placed in the right position.
Check the laser point position. It will be at the starting point of the image. You can align it with the Movement buttons on the right by clicking up, down, left or right as needed. Make sure that the picture is in the middle of the engrave areas and get going!
Click on Start button to start the machine. You can pause (Pause button) the engraving any time when want to see the unfinished result.
Check out this video for a closer look.
As I said within a few short minutes you are all set up and ready to go.
Of course, you can use your own image for engraving. You have to convert the image to 512×512 pixels and convert it to a black and white color. A great way to personalize your favorite tools and gadgets by stylishly engraving your name on them.
Please be aware that the smoke from the the engraving can stain the edges of the engraved surface. An easy solution to this is to cover the surface with masking tape and the masking tape will protect the material around the engraving from the smoke. When finished just peal it off.