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Successful on Kickstarter

On May 7th 2016 the crowdfunding campaign for Mr Beam II on Kickstarter ended. The campaign took off like a rocket and reached its goal of 80.000€ within only 4 hours. In the end, it was funded with 1166 percent of our original request. It is the second most funded German Kickstarter project of all so far. Worldwide it is in the top 200 of more than 295000+ Kickstarter campaigns. Many thanks to all our supporters for kicking off the production of Mr Beam II.

Laser Cutting

Laser cutting and engraving is a technique based on thermal material removal. Mostly used on (but not limited to) flat materials, its advantages are working on complex two-dimensional shapes with a very high precision, but without touching the material at all. Compared to traditional methods, it is economical for even small batch sizes. We started developing our Mr Beam laser cutter and engraver because we were fascinated by the technology and its possibilities but weren't in a position to afford any of the industrial machines. We were also not convinced of the usability and software stack of existing solutions. We wanted to create an easy-to-use desktop laser cutter that was platform-agnostic and mobile ready.

Working with Mr Beam

Focused on the ease of use, Mr Beam works with standard file formats. Simply create your design using your favorite application - or alternatively choose one from our integrated library. Next, drag it into the working area of our web app. An accurate preview of the machine's working area allows any item to be positioned easily. Photos or bitmap graphics are suitable for engraving purposes. Cutting out shapes requires vector graphics files. For the latter, Mr Beam supports the popular, openly documented SVG format, which can be exported from Illustrator, Corel, Inkscape and many other software files.

Materials

Laser cutting works on many materials. Please find some of our favorites below:

  • Plywood
    4mm
  • Cardboard
    5mm
  • Fabric
    3mm
  • Kraftplex
    3mm
  • MDF
    2mm
  • Felt
    6mm
  • Paper
    yes
  • Leather
    1mm
  • Latex
    1mm
  • Foam Rubber
    20mm
  • Basalt
    yes
  • Acrylic
    2mm ²)
  • Balsa
    5mm
  • Paperboard
    2mm
  • Foamboard
    6mm ²)
  • Anodized Aluminum
  • Wood engraved
  • Mirror
²) color dependant

Camera Assisted

One of our design goals was to be able to place designs onto an item easily. We therefore attached a camera to the safety lid. It provides an accurate preview of the working area including the object you have placed there. Dragging a design into the desired position is now a piece of cake.

Whilst operating, you can easily and safely supervise the process with a frontal view of the material. Sit back and enjoy watching the beautiful blue laser beam bring your design to life.

Tech Specs

  • Working area: 500x400mm / 20x16"
  • Maximum object height: 35mm / 1.4"
  • Powerful 5w high efficiency shortwave laser
  • Full metal safety housing closed with safety glass lid
  • Laser class I
  • Assembled and ready to use
  • Optional fume extraction
  • Camera assisted design placement, supervision and more to come
  • Wifi connected, over the air firmware updates
  • Open source software stack

Dimensions

We have managed to maximize the working area whilst keeping the overall footprint to a minimum. With a usable space of 500x400mm / 20x16", the device's metal safety housing measures 710x480x175mm. More than enough to deal with large designs while Mr Beam still fits on your desktop.

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Mr Beam Team

Teja Philipp

Teja Philipp

Founder

Sven Rens

Sven Rens

Co-Founder & Finances

Florian Becker

Florian Becker

Co-Founder & Development

Daniel Wünsch

Daniel Wünsch

Crowdfunding & Design

Benedikt Achatz

Benedikt Achatz

Product Design

Sebastian Donner

Sebastian Donner

Engineer

Jens Schmelkus

Jens Schmelkus

Electronics

Clemens Niemeyer

Clemens Niemeyer

Software Development

Dominik Battisti

Dominik Battisti

Business Development

Lena Becker

Lena Becker

Office Management

Alejandra Orjuela

Alejandra Orjuela

Business Development

We are hiring!

If you share the same passion for laser cutters as we do, we love to hear from you. Currently we are looking for:

  • Intern Social Media & Communications
  • Intern Software Development

Please email us your meaningful application to jobs@mr-beam.org.

Tylir Wisdom
Rustic Engravings
Markham, Canada

You have created an affordable and really easy to use laser engraver, something that I have always wanted but I have never been able to afford. [...] Thanks to you I have expanded my art medium and I am even selling personalized wooden engravings.