DAJA DJ6 laser engraver review

Laser engraving technology has steadily advanced in recent years, making the latest models smaller and cheaper than ever before. The DAJA DJ6 is one of the smallest and cheapest laser engravers yet, with its small form reminiscent of a compact coffee machine.

DAJA has gone for a straight forward approach, with an app designed for iOS and Android and support for Mac and Windows machines.

Image, text or free form drawings can be loaded or created in the application and then sent directly to the laser for etching or cutting. The whole design and concept of the DAJA DJ6 Laser engraver really couldn’t be easier.

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Design

The compact design is reminiscent of a small coffee machine. The small footprint means that it’s easy to store or keep neatly on a shelf, ready for use at any time.

The company has also created an open design that means that although small, large objects can either be placed into or underneath the machine ready for lasering.

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Set-up of the DAJA DJ6 is quick; remove from the box, plug-in power and switch on, that’s it, well almost.

You also need to install the software on your chosen device. For the purpose of this test that’s an Android Phone.

Once the App is installed you switch on the mobiles Wi-Fi hotspot with the password given in the DAJA manual, wait for a second or two to connect, and then everything is set and ready to go.

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Features

Spec Sheet

These are the full specs of the DAJA DJ6:

Engraving size: 80x80mm

Dimensions: 167x167x165

Engraving Power: 3w

Weight: 1.6kg

Laser Wavelength: 450mm

Maximum Focus: 100mm

Optimal focus: 30-50mm

For a laser engraver of this size, the small DAJA DJ6 manages to pack in some impressive features.

Firstly it comes equipped with a 3,000mW laser capable of cutting through specialist papers, felts and woods with a thickness of up to 1.5mm. That might not sound a great deal, but for a printer of this size, that’s impressive and will make it very appealing to model makers and crafters.

The open design is another feature that will appeal to many as larger items can be placed under the laser for etching and cutting.

What gives the DAJA DJ6 the edge over many larger laser engravers is the fully-featured app. This App enables you to load in or create your etching content. This app is available for iOS, Android, macOS and Windows, although at present only the Android and Windows versions were fully available.

One feature that you should always look out for on a laser engraver is the preview mode. This sends the laser on a path around the edge of the design you are cutting and ensures that you have the material correctly placed.

A common feature for entry-level laser engravers is the manual focus laser along with the ability to use the direction buttons on the machine to move the laser into position. Out of the box, the laser is pre-focused, so for the most part, you should only need to focus when using different thicknesses of material.

Another common feature is motion detection; this essentially ensures that if the DAJA is moved while in use, the laser will instantly cut out.

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Other safety features include a shield to protect your eyes and an internal fan that keeps things cool when the laser is in use.

As specifications go, there’s more here considering the size and price than I would usually expect.

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