I have an Eleksmaker A3 Pro. I really like the open frame idea, where I can literally set the laser down on a very large piece of wood and engrave.
The only thing I dislike is the burn times and the quality. It seems like the standard laser configuration, the laser literally burns the wood to a blackened crisp if I need deeper engravings. Time to burn a large image can run about 5 hours at least.
So, I've been really considering getting a Co2 laser configuration. Problem is, these types of lasers are enclosed (and from my understanding, this is for safety purposes). I'm really trying to engrave wood that is about 2.5 feet wide by 10 feet long. I would need to purchase a $5,000 machine in order to burn wood this size - but what if I wanted to engrave or cut even bigger - that puts me into the $10,000+ range.
I guess I'm just wondering what everyone else is doing to improve their lasers. Some daring people have modified their Eleksmaker lasers to accommodate a CO2 configuration. I wouldn't mind doing this, just would have to setup a camera and stay OUTSIDE of the room when engraving for obvious reasons.
Just wondering the best option for me considering the circumstances.