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Uno powers this laser cutter & engraver

The MicroSlice – which recently hit Kickstarter – is a mini laser cutter and engraver.

The open source platform, powered by an Atmel-based Arduino Uno (ATmega328 MCU), is currently being promoted as a kit that takes approximately 15 hours to build.

Key features and specs include:


50mm x 50mm (2″ x 2″) work area
  • Cuts papers, engraves wood and plastic
100mw red laser diode
Open source hardware and software
  • 97 laser-cut parts in kit

“The MicroSlice works in exactly the same way as larger professional laser cutters. There are two stepper motors which move the X & Y Axis, a fan for ventilation, and there’s even a honeycomb cutting table, just like the pro machines,” Gregory L. Holloway explained in a recent Kickstarter post.

“The MicroSlice uses a high-power Laser Diode, [while] the Grbl Motion Control Software [leverages] industry standard G-Code to interpret your designs. Using Inkscape you can draw, design and plot patterns to engrave or cut with your MicroSlice.”

Interested in learning more about the Uno-powered MicroSlice? You can check out the project’s official Kickstarter page here.