It’s not incredibly difficult to get your hands on a laser engraver, but if you want a reliable, accurate, and open-source solution, things tend to become tricky. The Engravinator from Maniacal Labs swoops in to solve this problem.
This fully open-source hardware engraver uses 3D printed parts and readily available components. The part are easy to source, and the seller plans to make a kit available in the near future as well.
Whether you’re looking for a driver board that you can use in your own CNC or laser engraver, or you need one specifically for an Engravinator, the Platypus is an ideal solution.
Unlike other Grbl boards, this is a fully-integrated solution with a built-in ATMega328p microcontroller and USB UART. It also natively supports configuring Trinamic (TMC)StepStick drivers like the TMC2100 and TMC2208. These variants use tri-state config pins which the Platypus also provides.
While the Platypus was built for use with the Engravinator, it’s a capable and compact solution for those who need a full 2-axis machine with laser or servo control. There are options for a fully assembled board, or a kit you can build yourself. Keep in mind, you will need to provide the motor drivers as they are not included.
Check out the video below for a behind the scenes look at the filming for the upcoming assembly guide!