Hi All. I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a Ray 40W + Enclosure delivered early to play, test, provide honest feedback, and share with ya’ll my findings and fun times! I will update this Thread with my journey over the next good few weeks. Happy to take questions as well!
First, here is the packaging. The first thing you will notice is the ‘Quick Start Guide’. For those of you that had a SM1 or SM2 (possible other devices, but I’ve only owned SM1 and A350 + Enclosures), you will be missing the thick and beautiful assembly book.
I was sad to see it wasn’t included, and instead there is some basic information in the Quick Start Guide, and a QR code to the online Wiki. BUT - I was very happy to find the online Wiki still has the very clear and simple instructions. I still get the same vibes from it as reading a Lego instruction manual - so clear, and just fun for to assemble. Here is a sneak peak at the Wiki’s first Page (Subject to change!):
And below is the peek into the box itself. It is extremely well packaged, and nothing came loose during shipping:
Assembling was a lot of fun. Below is a timelapse of the process.
Note: We assembled it WITHOUT instructions initially, as we got the device earlier than anticipated, but decided to give assembly a go anyway. Instructions were fully live shortly after we had finished assembly, and we confirmed we had managed to assemble it correctly.
Pro Tip: Use the Wiki - It’ll save you a lot of time, especially with cable management!
You’ll notice a couple things in that timelapse:
- My wife and I are slightly odd. Yes, you are correct.
- Our cables are awful. Again, correct - we didn’t want to go too crazy on them until we read the official guide. AND we wanted to get a test burn as quickly as possible to see the Ray in action!
- We are reviewing our phones a lot - this is because we are using stills from the website and promo videos to confirm our assembly.
- Me standing partially our of shot for a good while. This was me on a laptop getting Luban talking to the Ray, and getting things ready for the burn.
- The amount of smoke that it pumps out when cutting! I had to get our garage door open fast!
Talking about cutting… Check this video out! Raw unedited camera work, but gives you a great feel for the power of the machine!
And finally, a couple of stills of the final product. Things to note:
- This burn was of the provided Example Project for the Ray, and we used the provided test 5mm wood, and not edits to the project made.
- It came out pretty good actually! And was VERY fast.
- The writing was a little ‘square’. This will be because it was using vectoring on the text. Same with the other machines. You can easily get great detail with a few tweaks in Luban
- There is some burn residue on the underside, but not nearly as much as on the A350. And nothing a wipe with vinegar/isopropyl can’t fix easily.
- We didn’t get a photo this time round, but there was little to no residue from the cutting edges when running a finger along it. I was quite surprised and impressed!
We are genuinely impressed, and excited to start putting real projects through the machine. It is easy to use, fast, and the laser is a beast!
(Tease note: The above all happened yesterday… Today we assembled the Enclosure and did more burning… It was… a… lot… of… FUN.)