Laguna IQ CNC Review: Part Two

Part One
, I launched the Laguna IQ 24″ x 36″ CNC. Under
is Half Two of the video overview.


I’ve had a Laguna IQ within the store for a number of weeks and put it to
use on a wide range of tasks from half chopping to 3D carving.
Like all of the machines on this the category, I anticipated that the
design, selection of elements and strong development would give
glorious outcomes and it has. The machine could be very exact and

The usable feed fee is predictably slower than my very own customized
CNC at 100 -120 IPM or so as a result of measurement of the stepper motors
and the pitch of the smaller ball screws. Nonetheless, it’s greater than
quick sufficient for sensible CNC makes use of and completely in keeping with
machines of this measurement.

The over-travel of the Laguna IQ is an actual plus. With four” of
overhang you possibly can construct a clamping space in order that you possibly can do
joinery on the perimeters or ends of components including to the flexibility
of the machine.

In contrast to some CNCs, the Laguna doesn’t require a devoted
pc to run it. The pendant controller makes it easy for
novices to load information and run jobs. Push a number of buttons and
you’re off and working. My solely grievance is the RichAuto
controller readout is metric solely. This is identical controller
used on the Axiom Precision and Powermatic CNCs. Metric solely
makes it additional difficult if you happen to design your work in inches.
Functionally, it’s not a limitation. The work will get executed no
matter what measuring system you favor. However, in day-to-day use
for say, transferring the spindle to particular places, it’s an actual
inconvenience. The controller ought to have the flexibility to go
forwards and backwards from metric to imperial measurements.

One factor that wants actual enchancment is the guide. It’s skinny
with a number of technical particulars and never a lot else. Sadly,
poor manuals are the norm with client CNCs of this class.
Working and establishing a CNC like this will doubtless be a
first time expertise for lots of the consumers. Dry technical
info and nothing else will not be the identical as serving to a brand new
proprietor get off on the fitting foot. Face it: CNCs might be
intimidating. A great guide can assist. There’s simply no purpose
why user-friendly guide can’t be developed that
explains a few of the primary processes, find out how to setup and tune a
machine and take the brand new proprietor by way of a number of frequent workouts
like flattening the spoil board, primary half chopping and the CAD
to CAM to CNC workflow. Regardless of the skinny guide hats off to the
many glorious on-line movies that Laguna has on their web site.

General, it’s an important small CNC. Laguna’s elements,
engineering, and design have given small store woodworkers an
glorious possibility.

Closing notes. Laguna has added to their IQ line of small CNCs.
The Laguna IQ now has an non-obligatory Z peak of 10″ over the
normal 6″ clearance. And, a model new mannequin, the
Laguna IQ LF4
. It has choices of a 3D printer head and 3D
contact probe.

For extra info on the IQ go to Laguna Tools.

— Tim

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