Here at Gizlogic we have reviewed many excellent quality laser engravers, but none of the machines we have talked about so far have as good performance as the DAJA M1 when it comes to engraving on metal, which is the specialty of this model. In this sense, the DAJA M1 from Mr.Carve uses an infrared pulse laser to offer industrial quality engravings on materials such as stainless steel, and that is precisely what distinguishes it from the competition.
It is also worth mentioning that it is a very compact product and not that expensive when compared to other fiber optic marking machines. It is for these and other reasons that today we will dedicate our attention to the DAJA M1.
Technical specifications of the DAJA M1
|Guy||fiber marking machine|
|full power||Max 300W|
|marking accuracy||max. 0.001mm|
|Engraving Line Width Accuracy||0.001-0.05mm|
|Package content||DAJA M1 fiber marking machine, User Manual.|
|Manufacturer’s official site||mr-carve.com|
A small but mighty machine
The DAJA M1 consists of an engraving base that has buttons to raise and lower the laser on the front, as well as a power button; meanwhile, the rear houses a pedal socket, plug and USB type B port to connect the machine to a computer. On the left side there is a button to re-record.
On the base rests a beam (Y axis) that supports the main components of the laser, which are: a field mirror, infrared focus and a huge galvanometer with fan included.
Obviously we are facing a machine with an industrial design that prioritizes practicality over appearance. Therefore, the body is made of solid aluminum which gives it strength and robustness.
With size dimensions of 300 x 200 x 320mm and a weight of 6.26 kilograms, we can say that the DAJA M1 is a compact and lightweight product, Or at least it is compared to other fiber optic marking machines, which typically weigh 50 kilograms and up and take up as much space as a photocopier. Thanks to this it will be very easy to find a place for it in our work area and move it from one place to another.
With that in mind, the machine is shipped disassembled, but assembling it is a fairly simple process which we will describe below. First of all, we have to place the base on a flat surface and then attach the Y axis on the base, this axis must be fixed in place with a screw and later we can place the lens unit (or X axis) on the lens support. Y axis. Once this is done, it only remains to tighten the screws that fix the X axis on the Y axis.
How about laser engraving?
Unlike your average laser engraver, the DAJA M1 employs a infrared pulse laser with a wavelength of 1,064nm, which makes this product a fiber optic marking machine. In addition, it offers an engraving area of 70 x 70mm, more than enough for the average user who does not need to make large engravings. As if that were not enough, it is commendably fast, we are talking about an engraving speed of up to 10,000 millimeters per second.
With that said, the laser has a power of 2W, but it is their technology that makes a world of difference when it comes to engraving on metal. In this sense, the DAJA M1 can work with materials such as stainless steel, galvanized metal, plastic, PVC, leather and acrylic with a precision and quality that we simply cannot achieve with a common laser engraver/cutter.
The results are industrial grade and faithful to the original image, and such is its degree of fidelity, that Photographs and detailed illustrations can be engraved on metal. Unlike common laser engravers, you don’t even need to paint the steel or acrylic black in order to print an image on the surface.
In another order of ideas, this it is a very safe laser engraversince it does not generate blue light that is harmful to the eyes and, according to the manufacturer, it does not harm human skin in case of accidental contact, but that is something that we do not recommend testing.
However, not everything is rosy and it is our duty to warn that due to the type of laser it uses, this machine does not work well on wood or paper, so We can only recommend it to users who want to engrave primarily on metal.
On the other hand, if you have in mind to engrave on wood and other flimsy materials, then a standard laser engraver like the TWO TREES TTS-55, which can also work with stainless steel, but with results that are not remotely comparable to those of a fiber optic marking machine like this one.
There is another important consideration to make about this machine, and that is the fact that the engraving can be uneven when carving on curved surfaces, so be careful with that, as it could be the cause of not getting perfect finishes.
Connectivity and software
The DAJA M1 does not exactly stand out for its connectivity and software. In this sense, the machine only has one option to connect to it and that option is via a USB cable.
For its part, the software offered by the company can be downloaded from this link. The program does not have a mobile version, but leaving that aside, it offers a large number of options that we can adjust to achieve the best results. It can be a bit intimidating at first, but with a little patience and trial and error, it can be mastered.
Availability and price of the DAJA M1
The DAJA M1 It is for sale on AliExpress through this link.
- Phenomenal engraving quality on metals
- considerably fast
- Compact and relatively light
- Economic compared to the competition
- Cannot engrave on wood or paper
- It does not have a mobile app and the program is a bit complex