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Atomstack A5 Pro Review

Atomstack is a popular manufacturer of laser engraving and cutting machines. To date, the company has launched five different laser engravers, which are further divided into different variants. Having said that, there are many types of laser engraving machines, and the company has extensive experience in this field.

All Atomstack engravers are compact and suitable for small businesses, DIYers, artists, engineers and professionals. One of the most popular machines from the company is the Atomstack A5 Pro, which is being reviewed in this article.
Without a doubt, the Atomstack A5 Pro is an innovative and commendable laser engraver. This is an amazing and laudable effort by the company.

atomstack a5 pro

We’ll discuss the machine’s features, pros and cons, and advantages. Also, we will discuss the best alternatives to help those who are looking for a better laser engraver.

Laser module
The laser module of A5 Pro has a laser optical power of 5-5.5W and a laser electrical power of 40W. The engraving power is more than enough to get the job done perfectly.

The focus of the laser is fixed, so there is no need to adjust the focus. It’s easier for the user, the user just needs to adjust the height of the module according to the size of the object.

Eye protection design
The laser module of Atomstack A5 Pro has an excellent eye protection design. There is a special protective cover around the module that blocks approximately 95% of UV rays.

atomstack Laser Module

The reason goggles are used during the engraving process is to protect the eyes from UV rays as it is very harmful. But since most of the UV rays are blocked by the safety cover, there is no need to wear safety glasses.

In fact, the shield is made of acrylic, the same material that makes protective glasses. Therefore, we can say that the protective cover acts as safety glasses. Therefore, users can operate the machines without them; even tourists can watch.

The cover also helps prevent direct human contact with the laser. You can’t accidentally touch the laser beam.

Built-in cooling system
The problem with many laser modules is that they don’t dissipate heat properly. There is no doubt that the laser will emit too much heat, if the heat is not emitted, it will reduce the life of the laser module and have the possibility of fire.

Atomstack pays more attention to this issue. There is a built-in cooling system to keep the module cool. It not only prolongs the life of the laser module, but also prevents problems caused by overheating.

For cooling, there is a fan inside the module. It keeps the module and its circuit board (PCB) cool. Secondly, there is an air collecting hood design at the bottom, which is convenient for the module to dissipate heat.

Thin Laser Focus
The laser beam is compressed into a tiny or thin spot with an area of ​​only 0.03mm, which is similar to the area of ​​a pen tip. It ensures that the engraving is more precise and accurate to handle the fine details of the graphics.

It has a special compressed spot technology to compress the laser spot. Having said that, the engraving is very visible, deep and much darker than similar laser engravers on the market.

Built-in measuring scale
The machine has a built-in measuring scale. There are two ticks on the X and Y axes. These help the user locate the laser module, resize the graphics according to the size of the object, and locate where the laser is located.

The best part is that these scales are so precise that they provide millimeter-level accuracy. Since the user can view these scales directly, there is no need to use a tape measure or align the laser module to the origin.

Cylinder engraving
The atom stack A5 Pro can also perform cylindrical engraving thanks to its roller rotation attachment. It can help rotate an object 360 degrees to sculpt it from every corner. The minimum diameter can be up to 4mm, with eight-speed angle adjustment, and the roller spacing or engraving diameter can be adjusted.

This accessory is ideal for engraving regular cylindrical objects. From pens to glasses, it can easily engrave things like that.

Surprisingly, attachments can be used to increase the engraving area. Longer objects can be placed on a rotating drum and moved back and forth within the engraving area. Having said that, larger objects can also be sculpted. In addition, there are auxiliary supports available for supporting objects of longer than usual lengths.

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ATOMSTACK S10 Pro Laser Engraving Machine

Support offline engraving, S10 PRO laser engraving machine is equipped with a terminal control panel, supports offline engraving and has an emergency stop button, after installing the software and uploading files, you can engrave at any time and anywhere without computer restrictions.
Double compression spot technology, ATOMSTACK S10 Pro laser engraving machine, machine power 50W, laser output power 10W, ultra-fine laser focus area reduced to 0.06*0.06mm, high-density laser can cut 15~20mm thick wood, engraving mirror surface, stainless steel metal , ceramics, glass, the cutting speed is 40% higher than ordinary models.
New filter panoramic glass eye protection design, S10 laser engraving is equipped with the latest panoramic filter glass protective cover, which plays a good role in protecting eyes, filtering 97% of ultraviolet rays, and you can see the engraving without wearing goggles. Lower your goggle cost and more convenience.
High-performance fixed-focus laser: no need to focus before engraving; the focal spot area of ​​the new laser is only 1/3 of the spot area of ​​other ordinary lasers, and the focus is automatically fixed. The new laser combines precision engraving and high-energy cutting at the same time.
The latest ATOMSTACK S10 Pro engraving machine is compatible with various mature engraving software, such as LaserGRBL (free), LightBurn (may need to pay), support Win XP/Win 7/Win 8/XP/Win 10/Win 11, and support MAC system (LightBurn), the engraving file format supports NC, BMP, JPG, PNG, DXF, etc.

wood laser engraving machine S10 Pro

ATOMSTACK A5 Pro Laser Engraver

New eye protection feature, the laser engraver with laser protection cover perfectly protects your eyes and filters 95% of UV rays. You and those around you can watch laser engraving without goggles. Reduce the cost of your goggles and the inconvenience of wearing them.
Ultra-fine compression and upgrade fixed focus, the output power of CNC laser engraving machine is 5.5W. The ultra-fine laser focus area is reduced to 0.23mm^2. Not only can engrave but also cut 1/2 of wood and acrylic; no need to adjust focus when engraving, the new laser can combine precision engraving and high-energy cutting at the same time. The laser power of fixed-focus lasers is more stable than that of variable-focus lasers.
Versatile, 40W ATOMSTACK A5 Pro laser cutting engraving machine can meet your daily needs, it can engrave on paper, bamboo, wood, plastic, leather PCB board, alumina, lacquered metal, etc. You can engrave your own logo for your favorite items.
Precision tick spool, with precision tick marks on the X and Y axes for quick length measurements. The large-area engraving interval of 410x400mm can meet your various engraving needs.
Extensive compatibility, the machine is compatible with a variety of mature engraving software, such as LaserGRBL, LightBurn (paid), supports Windows XP/7/8/10 (LaserGRBL), also supports Mac system (LightBurn), the engraving file format supports NC, BMP, JPG, PNG, DXF, etc.

atomstack a5 pro software

ATOMSTACK R3 Laser Rotary Drum

Easy to install, just replace the Y-axis terminal to connect to the laser engraver, no assembly required, smaller size, and works better with most laser engravers. Including ATOMSTACK, NE, Or, Tws, etc.
8-level adjustable width, 8-level adjustable diameter of Y-axis roller engraving module, the engraving diameter is as small as 4mm and as large as 100mm.
Integrated sealing design, ATOMSTACK engraving machine rotation adopts all-metal structure, the motor is not exposed, more secure and stable. And the laser shaft can adjust the distance between the rollers by repositioning the screws according to the different sizes of cylindrical objects to fix objects of different sizes.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT, WE ARE ATOMSTACK MANUFACTURER. We offer 12 months of free maintenance, replacement parts and technical support. If you encounter any problems during use, please do not hesitate to contact our seller customer service, our professional after-sales engineer team will solve all problems for you.
High-quality accessories, 4 auxiliary heightening columns are included in the package, which is convenient for lifting the laser engraving machine to perfectly fit the rotating shaft without obstruction, and the length of the engraved object is not limited, such as extended cylinder, small diameter cylinder, extra long plate engraving, extra long length plate cut.

Atomstack R3

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ATOMSTACK P7 M40 40W Laser Engraving & Cutting Machine

The overall engraving area of ​​the ATOMSTACK P7 M40 laser engraver is 200 x 200 mm. This desktop laser engraving machine can be used on aluminum, plywood, kraft paper, leather, plastic, cardboard, wood, non-woven, bamboo, acrylic, coated glass and other materials. For laser cutting, it can cut cardboard, non-woven fabric, veneer, acrylic, some thin plastic sheets, sponge and leather.

The all-aluminum alloy anodized structure design makes the ATOMSTACK P7 M40 laser engraving machine more durable and improves the engraving accuracy. Portable all-metal construction, 85% pre-assembled, ready to install in 5 minutes. The flame retardant filter panoramic glass can filter 97% of ultraviolet rays, which can protect the eyes well. You and those around you don’t need to wear goggles to see the laser engraving clearly. Reduce your goggle cost and the inconvenience of wearing goggles. Glass is flame-retardant and safer to use. With a knob, it is easy to adjust the height of the laser, and the horizontal gyroscope automatically stops working when tilted.

P7 M40 laser engraver machine

The laser adopts 4x lens group collimation focusing technology; the optical power is 4.5~5W, and the laser focusing area is reduced to 0.02mm²; the high-density laser can easily cut 10mm thick wood and 6-8mm black acrylic; it can directly engrave mirror stainless steel metal and ceramics. You can engrave without adjusting the focal length; the newly upgraded compressed light spot increases the energy concentration by 200%, and the spot size is only 0.02mm², which can take into account both precision engraving and high-energy cutting.

At the same time, the laser power of the fixed-focus laser is more stable than that of the zoom laser. The ATOMSTACK laser engraving machine is compatible with various mature engraving software; such as LaserGRBL, LightBurn; supports Win XP / Win 7 / Win 8 / XP / Win 10, and also supports MAC system (LightBurn); the engraving file format supports NC, BMP, JPG, PNG, DXF, etc.

The ATOMSTACK P7 M40 Laser Engraver is the best desktop high power DIY laser cutter and engraver for entrepreneurs, hobbyists, designers, artists, home makers and professionals.

Note:
When operating the laser engraving machine, please install the laser protective cover. If it is not installed, you need to wear goggles.
Please do not touch the laser emitter with your hand, or it may burn your hand.
Please avoid strong impact on the machine.
Children under 14 are not allowed to use this product and children over 14 need adult supervision.
The light engraving machine can not be directly applied to any mirror reflecting object, which may cause injury to the operator or burn the laser.

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What is ATOMSTACK A5 M50 Pro?

We will review and test the engraving and cutting performance of the ATOMSTACK A5 M50 Pro laser engraver. This engraver is basically the same as the ATOMSTACK A10 pro and ATOMSTACK X7 Pro, but it has a more affordable 5W M50 laser module. We’ll test it with our standardized test range and a few extras. This will help you decide if this machine is best for you.

The ATOMSTACK A5 M50 Pro is mechanically identical to the A10 Pro and X7 Pro. But it comes with a less powerful – 5W M50 laser module.

engraving laser A5 M50 Pro

The ATOM STACK A5 M50 Pro should be a very solid laser engraver because it has improved mechanics and added an offline touchscreen controller compared to the previous model – the A5 Pro.

We’ll put it through a series of tests to show what this machine is capable of.

The A5 M50 Pro has a rectangular engraving area of ​​410*400mm and is equipped with a very high quality control panel with display and quality buttons. It also has an offline controller, so the laser can only be operated via its touchscreen. No computer required.

Assembly of the machine is simple, it takes less than half an hour to assemble it thanks to a good manual.

The ATOMSTACK A5 M50 Pro is equipped with a 5-watt M50 laser module.

The machine has a 32-bit controller board with a touchscreen offline controller.
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The focusing process is the same as the ATOMSTACK A5 Pro we tested earlier. For the best cut, the head needs to be 3mm above the engraved surface. Focusing is done by placing the acrylic plate/spacer under the laser head and lowering the laser head onto the spacer. The spacer is 3mm thick and the head remains 3mm above the surface after tightening the z-axis screw.

atom stack a5

The machine has a cool offline controller that allows us to use the machine without a computer. It is very handy for field jobs and projects that require a lot of the same cutting work. You set up your design in Lightburn or LaserGRBL as usual, but then instead of starting to engrave, you export it as gcode to the included SD card using the included SD card reader, which you can then select using touchreeen file, fine-tune parameters and continue sculpting your designs without using a computer.

It has a solid metal mushroom-style emergency knob that comes in handy when you need to shut down the machine in a hurry.

This is probably one of the best features I hope all lasers have someday. Limit switches allow you to automatically home the machine so that it always starts from the same position. This way, if you stop engraving or add another layer of work, or if the machine crashes mid-work, you can be sure that the machine will start working in the exact same spot you want. They decided to use cheap tactile switches instead of proper limit switches, but they worked fine.

The machine can be connected via USB or WiFi. You can also control it using a smartphone app on Android or iOS.

Engraving: Wood, Bamboo, Cardboard, Plastic, Leather, PCB Board, Alumina, Non-reflective, Electroplated and Painted Surface Metal, 304 Mirror Stainless Steel, Glass, Ceramic, Cotton, Slate

The ATOMSTACK A5 M50 Pro is also a reasonably capable cutter.

Cutting: cardboard, non-woven fabric, wood board, acrylic, some thin plastic sheets, sponge, etc.

To prevent your machine from rusting quickly, don’t use plastics like PVC and vinyl, as they release hydrogen chloride gas when cutting, which is toxic and very corrosive.

Software and Supported Formats
You can use the ATOMSTACK laser engraver with the free LaserGRBL software, which works fine, but is a bit clunky to use. It’s great for some testing, but I went with Lightburn, which is more powerful and very intuitive to use. While it’s not free, the license costs $60. However, the software offers a 1-month full-featured free trial, which will help you decide if it’s worth it.

With LaserGRBL you can import vector files (NC, BMP, JPG, PNG, DXF…) and bitmap image files (bmp, jpg, png and gif),

Lightburn supports more formats: AI, SVG, DXF, PDF, HPGL, PLT, and RD for vector formats and PNG, JPEG, BMP, TIFF, TGA, and GIF for image formats.

We have done more or less standardized testing on all laser engravers and cutters. This way, it’s easy to compare results between machines. Here you can see a video showing how the test is done, and below you will find detailed images of the test results along with instructions.

Our standard engraving patterns are designed to demonstrate engraving capabilities at different settings so you can see the effectiveness of the laser beam. Let’s look at the results in more detail in the following sections.

The power level test pattern shows how the machine can engrave at different power levels at different speeds.

Power varies from 10% to 100% in 10% increments at speeds of 600, 1200, 1800 and 2400 mm/min. We omitted the low speed/high power shape because the beam burns too much at low speed. This leaves a large burnt blob that provides no practical information.

The interval scale test is used to show whether the laser focus shape is square or rectangular. The scan interval was gradually increased from 0.1 mm to 0.5 mm.

In this test, the beam shape of the ATOMSTACK S10 Pro looked very square, and the vertical and horizontal sculpting looked very balanced.

We’ll be able to estimate the exact spot shape later when we test the engraving on anodized aluminum.

This is a test of engraving a small 20mm size photo while changing the maximum laser power.
Engraving of photos is slow because the laser head has to scan line by line like an inkjet printer. If you want to engrave a very large photo, be prepared to wait a few hours 🙂

As we can see below, the ATOMSTACK A5 M50 Pro does a very good job of photo sculpting.

Engraving of vector images is much faster because the laser head follows the lines directly. Although with this technique you cannot make grayscale images.

Our test included this cute tit bird photo in the upper right corner of the test piece. It only took a few minutes to carve the bird. In the software it is possible to set the shape to be filled with a pattern fill, in this one, the shape is swept to fill in 0.1mm steps. For large engravings, you can increase the step to 1mm or more to speed up the engraving. This way it will make a raster or grid on the black areas. But at other times there is more discussion on this.

Next, we tested the ATOMSTACK A5 M50 Pro on a piece of black anodized aluminum scrap.

Below are engraved test patterns to evaluate focus size in both directions and the effect of viewing speed. Next, we will further examine the various parts of the test mode.

The most important part is the interval scale. By scanning vertically and horizontally with different interval steps, we can approximate the size of the laser spot. From the results we can see that the laser spot of the ATOM STACK A5 M50 Pro is more or less rectangular because the pattern looks the same when scanned in the horizontal (X-axis) and vertical (Y-axis) directions.

The text engraving is done at 600mm/sec, which is pretty fast for such a small movement, so some wobble of the laser head can be seen in the corners. This can easily be avoided by lowering the acceleration and speed in the settings.

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