Algolaser Alpha 22W Laser Engraver Review

Algolaser Alpha 22W Laser Engraver Review

Alpha, a new 22 watt desktop laser engraver from Algolaser. Algolaser is a new brand from Ortur and they have the privilege of being one of the first to introduce the Alpha. 

Unboxing & Assembly

The Algolaser Alpha 22W kit includes various components in the box:

  • an air pump for the air assist feature
  • a user manual
  • zip ties
  • sample materials
  • power adapter
  • tool kit
  • USB cable
  • safety goggles
  • frame rails.

Assembling the frame is easy by inserting the side rails into the front and back panels and securing them with screws.

The laser module has several notable features including the air lens, fire warning lights, and a detachable laser shield.

The module uses technology that compresses the laser spot into a small square, and it has a built-in spring-loaded focus stick. The module connects to the Gantry with a cam lever.

Then let's proceed to connect the tubing for the air pump and demonstrates the air assist feature.

Different Materials Engraving Tests

Tests the engraver on different materials, starting with cutting a piece of birch plywood. They use the LightBurn material test tool, adjust the air assist, and set the parameters for the job. The cutting is straight and clean without charring. They also test engraving on birch plywood and achieve good results. The engraver's cutting capabilities on 12mm plywood and 19mm Spruce, both of which it cuts successfully in a single pass.

Ortur Algolaser Alpha 22W Laser Engraving Cutting Machine 22W Output

Next, let's push the engraver to its limits by engraving a high-resolution image at high speed. They discuss the balance between speed and detail in engraving.

Ortur Algolaser Alpha 22W Laser Engraving Cutting Machine 22W Output

The speaker demonstrates the effectiveness of the air assist feature by comparing engravings with and without air assist, showing that the air assist helps prevent surface burning and keeps the work area clear of debris.

Let's further tests the engraver on cutting black acrylic, etching on coated aluminum sheet, and cutting stainless steel. The engraver successfully cuts sheets of stainless steel up to 0.17mm thick, which is impressive for a 20-watt laser. 

Test color engraving on stainless steel by adjusting power, speed, and interval settings. 

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