FLUX Beamo Laser Cutter and Engraver Review

Updated Nov 03, 2022 123

The FLUX Beamo is the world’s smallest yet powerful laser cutter and engraver featuring a reliable system for safe, smooth, and versatile use by operators of any level. Thanks to its convenient software and simplified working mechanism, even children can easily learn crafting and enjoy creative freedom.

This is Top 3D Shop, and in today’s article we are going to explore the technical characteristics, main functions, and applications of this high-performance device.

 

Highlights

The FLUX Beamo is an extremely compact laser cutter and engraver for professional, school, and home use. Due to its powerful CO₂ laser, compact size, affordable price, advanced modules, and multiple mechanisms for safe and convenient work, the device is ideal for dealing with almost any material.

First off, let’s quickly go over the features that make the FLUX Beamo perfect for a number of creative applications.

  • High-resolution laser with a beam smaller than the width of a human hair engraves with 0.05 mm layer depths at 1,000 DPI.
  • The machine is capable of processing such materials as wood, leather, fabric, cardboard, bamboo, acrylic, rubber, cement, stone, foods, anodized metal, stainless steel, and even glass.
  • No laser experience is required to use Beamo: the device is pre-configured for smooth and easy operation.

  • Fully enclosed design with integrated safety features for the lid is perfect for schools and families with kids.
  • In case of emergency, the engraver can be immediately shut down with a single switch.
  • With Beamo, the creative process is streamlined and hassle-free consisting only of a few simple steps.

  • Built-in HD camera with scanning capability eliminates the problem of irregular placements of material.
  • User-friendly Beam Studio software with a simple drag-and-drop design and auto alignment function allows you to quickly get perfect center configuration.
  • The machine is also compatible with professional design software that enables it to seamlessly import designs from AutoCAD, Inkscape, CorelDraw, and even Microsoft Word in the JPG, PNG, SVG, and DXF file formats.
  • To monitor work status, transfer files, or update settings, you can use the Beam Go mobile app for instant remote control.
  • Apart from USB and Ethernet, the laser cutter supports Wi-Fi connectivity for a seamless workflow regardless of your position.
  • With the compact dimensions of 615 x 445 x 177 mm and weight of less than 25 kg, the Beamo will nicely fit into any design.

  • The device is equipped with a powerful air pump and exhaust fans that help extract smoke and fumes and prevent material from catching fire while cutting and engraving.

Apart from that, handy add-ons making up the whole FLUX ecosystem can facilitate your tasks and open new design possibilities.

 

Specifications

FLUX Beamo 30W Laser Cutter
  • Built-in HD camera Yes
  • Compatible file formats JPG / PNG / SVG / DXF
  • Connectivity USB/Ethernet/Wi-Fi
  • Cutting and engraving area 300 x 210 x 45 mm
  • Interface 1024 x 600 LCD color touchscreen
  • Laser cutting thickness 0 - 5 mm (0 - 0.2") depending on the material
  • Laser moving speed 0 ~ 300 mm/s (0 ~ 12 in/s)
  • Laser Power 30W
  • Outer dimensions 17,7 x 615 x 455 mm (6.97" x 24.21" x 17.52")
  • Power AC 110V/220V
  • Software Beam Studio
  • Software mode Vector / Graphic (monochrome, gray scale)
  • Work area depth 4,5 cm (1.77")
  • Weight 22 kg (48.5 lbs)
  • Price $2,799.00

 

Unboxing

The FLUX Beamo comes shipped in a single box that can easily be handled. Inside, you will find the device itself, thoroughly wrapped up in a protective sheet and containing everything you need to set it up.

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First of all, you will find there a vent hose for guiding the process fumes away from the machine.

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Next, the package includes a user manual. Apart from a stylish cover, it provides all the necessary information on the setup process, software, materials, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

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In addition to the already mentioned items, the Beamo is supplied with laser engraving and laser cutting heads, power cord, toolbox, and some spare parts for convenient long-term usage.

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Structure overview and preparation

The engraver comes with pre-aligned laser mirrors and is ready for almost immediate use right out of the box.

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As for the laser itself, the laser tube is equipped with a water cooling system and an air pump making up for quality operation. Compressed air comes out of the laser nozzle and cleans the cut from smoke and debris, which ensures better results.

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Make sure that the device has enough distilled water in the reservoir. Otherwise, you might want to add some to improve cooling.

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As we have already mentioned in the previous section, the machine is engineered with a special switch that will not let the laser turn on when the lid is open. Thanks to this feature, you do not need safety goggles to work with the laser cutter.

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The available working area for the Beamo is 300 x 210 x 45 mm, which is roughly equal to an A4 paper size. It is not too big, but generally enough for small and medium-scale design projects.

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On the base of the working chamber, you will find a honeycomb mesh for placing a workpiece. It can be easily removed for cleaning. The very bottom can also be taken out, if you decide to install the rotary add-on, which we will describe later on.

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The machine’s motion control system consists of a linear rail for the X-axis and sturdy smooth rods for the Y-axis.

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As for the belt system, it has some minor flaws and is overall inferior to the achievements of contemporary 3D printers.

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First, the belt is not entirely parallel, which might lead to small distortions in outer regions of the bed.

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Then, there is a plastic idler that can be tightened a bit, but it would require removing two side panels, which is not the best solution.

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The laser needs to be focused on the workpiece. The procedure is quite simple and straightforward. You should swing down the focus arm (shown in the photo), loosen the focus ring, slide the mechanism up and down until the right position is found, and tighten the focus ring again. 

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In the back, you will find several connectivity ports and a big fan with a 120 mm exhaust for smoke removal during the laser cutting and engraving process.

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Software and setup

Before you start using the FLUX Beamo laser engraver, you need to set it up. This is a really simple procedure that can be performed through the built-in color touchscreen with a simple and neat-looking UI. 

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The machine supports USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition, the Beam Go mobile app for iOS and Android allows you to control the Beamo remotely.

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The device is powered by the Beam Studio software developed by FLUX. It is used to create laser projects with various design options.

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The program is very clear and easy to master. Among other user-friendly functions, it provides you with a great number of presets for different materials.

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The set of tools includes basic shapes for designing simple parts. Apart from this, you can import vector formats, like SVG or DXF.

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Your projects can be arranged on different layers, with individual parameters assigned. In addition, the order in which your design is processed can also be regulated. For example, sometimes you might want to start with engraving and then move on to cutting out your part.

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Vector engraving and cutting imply basic mechanics: the laser follows the designated lines and forms a certain pattern.

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However, with the Beamo you can also create raster engravings, when a simple outline is not enough, you want to remove a bigger area, or a project requires etching a grayscale image.

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In this mode, the laser head travels in a narrow meandering pattern, and the laser itself quickly turns on and off to only mark the specified areas. To improve the quality of grayscale images produced by the Beamo (for instance, JPG ones), you can modulate the laser power.

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Another great feature offered by the machine is the integrated HD camera for scanning the working area. It allows you to precisely align and position workpieces for more accurate results.

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As soon as your project gets uploaded on the Beamo, it is saved in the device’s inner storage. You can always select one of the previous jobs and even adjust laser power and speed.

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But let’s see how Beamo actually succeeds, especially in laser cutting.

 

Cutting and engraving

If you have had experience only with diode laser engravers, you will surely be pleased with the Beamo’s performance. To find out the machine’s strengths and weaknesses, let’s look through several laser cutting tests on materials with different properties.

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A premade pattern for the demonstrated tests can be found in the Beam Studio menu. To find it, select ‘File’ — ‘Examples’ — ‘Material Cutting Test’. Every rectangle in the scheme corresponds to a certain laser power percentage of the maximum 30W and cutting speed in mm/s.

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The softer 4 mm poplar plywood commonly used for various design projects cuts swimmingly even at higher speeds and only one pass.

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With 8 mm thick plywood, it takes the machine two passes to smoothly cut through the pattern.

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Balsa wood generally preferred by model airplane builders cuts with no issues at 4 mm. 

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Even at 10 mm the result with this material is quite clean and uniform. Though, it is definitely recommended to find proper parameters beforehand, since the maximum laser power can sometimes cause burning instead of cutting.

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According to some real experience, higher speed is usually the better choice for quality results as well as two passes instead of one. 

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Also, if you want to cut thicker material, set the laser focus slightly below the surface, closer to half the thickness. This will lead to a more even energy density over the cut.

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Despite the previous successes, the 30W laser starts struggling a little when it comes to cutting harder wood. With 2.5 and 4 mm birch plywood, there are no problems at lower speeds.

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However, the 6.5 mm workpiece seems too much for the device, even at multiple passes. The wood is rather burned than cut.

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As for cardboard, there are no issues whatsoever.

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The same goes for 4 mm felt.

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Moreover, the machine copes well with 6 mm Depron foam board at higher speeds and reduced laser power.

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One great thing about CO₂ laser cutters is that they are able to work with transparent materials, such as this clear acrylic. Due to the high wavelength of 10600 nm, things transparent in the visible spectrum are not transparent for CO₂ lasers. They are able to fully interact with such materials and thus can be used for laser cutting and engraving, but mostly at the slowest speed or more passes. The thinner your workpiece is, the better.

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With regard to engraving, no issues found here.

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Finally, let’s talk about glass. Common blue diode lasers simply cannot work with it. As for the Beamo, it is not capable of cutting glass just like some more powerful lasers, but engraving your own pattern should be easy for the device. The laser creates microcracks at the assigned location and can therefore texture it. This might come in handy for displays and customized glassware, especially if you have the rotary attachment.

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Overall, the FLUX Beamo shows good results in laser cutting, even though the machine has some minor issues when it comes to really thick and dense materials. Other than that, the device has proved its powerful capabilities sufficient for multiple decorative applications.

 

Add-ons

Apart from dedicated software, FLUX provides additional modules for the Beamo to enhance your laser cutting and engraving experience in a most thoughtful and convenient way.

 

Rotary module

With the rotary extension, you can smoothly engrave on cylinder objects, like thermoses, mugs, pens, wine bottles, glassware, and more.

 

Autofocus module

This add-on not only automatically sets the laser focus based on the project but also lets you adjust the focus position during cutting passes for deeper penetration. This significantly improves cutting efficiency when dealing with thicker materials.

 

Diode laser add-on

The following hybrid laser attachment makes for faster cutting speeds and deeper penetration, which is particularly important when working with materials like steel.

 

Beam Air filtration system

A special attention should be paid to the FLUX Beam Air purificator, which may definitely come in handy if you decide to keep your workspace cleaner and more “friendly”.

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The device represents a 4-layer filtration system with potent air intake aimed to block any harmful particles and odors generated in the working chamber during the Beamo operation.

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The Beam Air consists of a pre-filter, medium efficiency filter, activated charcoal filter, and H13 HEPA filter. With a brushless motor and reduced noise level, it guarantees thorough air cleaning and a quiet environment. 

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The machine boasts a small footprint, handy wheels for smooth transportation, and advanced compatibility with other similar devices. The fumes are guided through a flexible hose that connects the laser engraver with the extractor.

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Moreover, by connecting the Beam Air to the Beamo with a USB-B cable, you will ensure that the device turns on automatically when laser cutting starts and off when it finishes.

 

Applications

The FLUX Beamo is a perfect tool for a great deal of creative applications, including customizing, prototyping, design, model building, hand craft, education, etc.

 

From hobby to business

A lot of people share their success stories on the official FLUX website. Many of them have managed to turn creative hobbies into their main source of income. As practice shows, with some skill and Beamo you can express your creativity in every possible way.

 

Hand-made accessories and more

As a traveling artist from Manchester, Natasha Stoppel has been exploring the world for years now. She conveys her impressions and tells stories about her adventures in the form of unique accessories made with the Beamo laser engraver.

Natasha combines features of different cultures with her personal style and creates unique, vivid, and emotional works of art.

Apart from accessories and small toys, the artist produces complex pictures, where every fine detail is carefully cut by the 30W laser.

For her stunning works, Natasha mostly prefers wood that looks perfectly smooth after processing with the FLUX Beamo.

 

Elegant paper cutting

Half-Goatee is a Taiwanese team that specializes in designing pop-up books, cards, and other paper goods. They use Beamo for prototyping to reduce the development time for new products and appreciate the machine for its infinite possibilities of precise paper cutting.

 

Fashion breakthrough

Fashion designer and engineer Anouk Wipprecht currently works on the Pangolin Scales Project. It combines laser engraving, 3D printing, and brain-computer interface to create a shirt that can reflect emotions by reading them in a person’s brain. 

For instance, it will emit a warm purple when the wearer is thinking, and spread its wings with glowing blue when detecting intense feelings.

It is a true challenge to integrate different elements from fashion and technology, but laser engraving is a potent tool to create innovative yet stunning designs.

 

Decorating a wine bottle

With the Beamo, it is easy to surprise your friends with a special gift. For example, the rotary add-on allows you to engrave on cylindrical forms. Declan Chang showed how to add a festive look to a regular wine bottle with the help of the laser engraver.

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The Beam Studio was used to edit the initial image.

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Then, the built-in camera helped the user to center the future engraving.

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It took only ten minutes to finish the job.

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To make the appearance even nicer, Declan Cheng decided to add a small crystal. Ordinary glue was enough.

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Of course, you can go further and make your present even more personalized with a special logo. Paper is not an issue for Beamo.

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This is how you can show your affection and creative streak at the same time.

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Bottom line

Being a powerful machine engineered with an impressive amount of automated, safety, and simply convenient features, the FLUX Beamo laser cutter and engraver will become a great acquisition for all who want to create unique works of art as well as commercial products from scratch quickly and easily. With this device, you don’t need to possess special skills or expensive consumables — just imagination and a little patience to figure out the scheme. After that, almost any material will be your canvas.

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