- Laser Power: 10000mw
- Electric Power: 24V 4A DC
- Motherboard: 32bit
- Engraving speed: 10000mm/min
- Engraving Method: USB/App/Online/Screen Control
- Software Support: Mac, Windows, Linux
- Laser Wavelength 445±5nm
- Engraving size 450x450mm
- Weight: 6.5kg
- Engraving materials: wood, plastic, paper, leather, bamboo, stainless steel, chevron, acrylic, glass
- Machine size: 733x721x172mm
- Engraving Mode: Image Carving/Text Carving/Scan Carving/Contour Carving
- File Format: SVG, NC, BMP, JPG, PNG, GCODE
- Supported software: LaserGRBL, Lightburn
The Two Trees TS2 is one of the most powerful self-assembled laser engraving machines on the market. It follows the usual open design and interfaces with LightBurn, LaserGRBL or any app to enable easy laser engraving.
While the design may look familiar, once the components are laid out and construction has begun, you can immediately see that Two Trees has improved the game in terms of quality and design.
This is a machine designed for those who want a decent quality laser engraver and cutter or an upgrade from an inexpensive low power model. Despite its open design, its many professional features also make it a viable option for small businesses.
The open extruded aluminum frame of the TS2 and other home-built engraving machines is common for DIY machines because they are easy to build and maintain. The only problem is that, without a case, goggles must be worn and good ventilation is essential, which also limits where they can be used.
However, the TS2 is incredibly powerful and it is noticeable that Two Trees has invested in quality parts and a solid design for this machine.
Assembly takes about an hour, but you could probably put it together much faster with a little focus. The instructions show how the machine is put together, but some areas are a little hard to follow.
The main point is to get the belts over the pulleys; this requires loosening and tightening the straps. While this worked for one shaft, the other required removing the pulley, putting it in the belt, and replacing the pulley. Likewise, the cable guides must be placed carefully. Put them in the wrong place and you’ll have to go back to the build to correct.
The design is incredibly neat once put together and there’s no room for mis-assembled parts – everything fits tight with no slack in the joints. This is good, but makes initial assembly quite fiddly, although not to the point of being impossible.
Once the build is complete, it’s time to test with laserGRBL for PC or LightBurn for all other systems.
The Two Trees TS2 may be a home-built laser engraver, but it still has incredible features.
Firstly, it has a working area of 450 x 450 mm and the open design of the frame allows you to incrementally advance large materials up to a maximum width of 450 mm.
A standout feature is the 10W laser output which, in addition to the compressed spot technology, enables the TS2 to cut through 8mm layer in one pass. The power of the laser is such that it also engraves hard surfaces such as stainless steel.
When using the TS2, the engraving and cutting quality stands out due to the ultra-fine 0.01mm engraving precision. This precision enables high-quality transfer of images to materials.
Due to the precision of the laser, Two Trees has built in a powerful autofocus design for the machine. Manual adjustment for material heights is done via the large red knob on top of the laser, and the machine takes care of the fine adjustment. This alone saves an incredible amount of time and improves the overall quality of prints.
One feature that often annoys us about laser engravers is the need to always be connected to a computer. It’s great to see that the machine with the built-in ESP32-DOWD-V3 chip and the 32-bit microprocessor can handle file processing internally, so you don’t have to be connected all the time.
You also have the option to connect via Wi-Fi and use the app.
Some professional safety features take this laser engraver to the next level. There is a large emergency stop button and a flame detector that activates when a material catches fire rather than engraving or cutting. Another safety feature is the internal gyroscope that automatically activates a kill switch if the machine is tilted 15º or more.
Once the build is complete, the machine can be connected to a computer via USB or Wi-Fi, or files can be loaded onto a microSD card, although there is no interface on the machine itself.
During this test, we used the direct printing approach with LaserGRBL installed on an Intel NUC 9 Ghost Canyon machine running Windows 10.
Once the images, vectors or cut files were loaded into the software and modified, they could be sent to the machine. The first connection was simple and the usual manual adjustment of the material, home position and laser height was made.
When everything is adjusted, the power can be set and the engraver gets to work. It is immediately apparent how powerful and accurate this laser engraver is. The first engravings showed a high level of detail and the speed of the engraving was fast and accurate.
As we’ve found with other DIY machines, it’s incredibly important to make sure everything is tight, the machine has good stiffness, and the belts are properly tensioned before you start.
On closer inspection, the quality of the engraving was just as good as that of the Glowforge (opens in new tab). The only problem is that, as an open design, the smell means you need to be in a well-ventilated area and wear safety goggles.
The machine is ready to cut by setting the software to Vectorise and reducing the laser pass speed. The manual has a good list of materials and settings.
This is the first laser engraver we’ve seen successfully cut through thicker materials. In this test, we went through a 6mm layer without any problems, which produced nice clean edge lines.
In general, the performance of the Two Trees TS2 for engraving and cutting is excellent; our only concern is that there is no housing for a machine of this power.
The construction of some parts of this laser engraver tested me during the initial build, trying to fit the belts over the pulleys and dropping the small screws into the aluminum profiles. It wasn’t difficult, just clumsy, and the key was to move from the small space of the kitchen table to the vastness of the workshop.
Once built, the build was solid, far more than we’ve experienced with other laser engravers of this size. It’s also much more aesthetically pleasing with all those anodized parts.
Setup was all relatively easy, although connecting to Wi-Fi via the iOS app or the machine was a bit trickier. We also found that while there was a lot of information in the printed manual, we couldn’t always follow some of the fine print.
The Two Trees TS2 worked incredibly well, the construction is excellent and the attention to detail pays off in the quality and accuracy of the engraving and cutting.
The main problem is that there is no housing or hood, but otherwise there is little to fault with this machine.
The TS2 is at the top of the field, and while it’s more expensive than other laser engravers, it’s not that big of a step to make it prohibitively expensive. It’s also a nice touch that the TS2 is expandable, with a connection point on the tool head for an air pump to extract some of the fumes and additional attachments that allow you to cut round objects such as bottles.
The Two Trees TS2 is one of the best laser engravers we’ve seen, especially considering the price. If you’re looking for professional laser engraving at a reasonable price, the TS2 is the machine.