The OpenBuilds LEAD CNC is a machine with greatly enhanced functionalities and a vast range of applications. Thanks to its build, it is very rigid and therefore very accurate. It can be used by amateurs, hobbyists, and professionals alike for processing various types of soft and hard materials at scale and with an even higher degree of precision than ever before. Extending the machine by adding a quality laser head to it, such as Opt Lasers PLH3D-6W-Series laser head, enables unmatched fast precision engraving and cutting of various types of materials.


The OpenBuilds LEAD CNC machine is available in two versions:


      • OpenBuilds LEAD CNC Machine 1515 (60" x 60")
      • OpenBuilds LEAD CNC Machine 1010 (40" x 40")


The Z-axis position of the cutting and engraving laser head can be changed at will to enable this machine to efficiently cut and engrave taller specimens.

The OpenBuilds LEAD CNC machine prices range from $1300 to $1800 depending on the version of choice. With the amazing material processing capabilities it offers, it is definitely worth the price.


The PLH3D-6W-XF Laser OpenBuilds LEAD CNC Upgrade Kit includes a high-power engraving laser head equipped with thermal protection and a professional high-speed driver. Its design ensures that the laser head doesn’t require any additional cooling. The fan and airflow have been designed to function as an air nozzle, protecting the lens from dirt while cooling the laser head at the same time. Attaching a magnetic nozzle makes it even more convenient to use. 

The laser head, combined with the LEAD CNC machine and the BlackBox controller, allows you to cut or engrave materials such as rubber, wood, paper, leather, plastic, cardstock, and many others. Thanks to its PWM/TTL power modulation modes support, it’s possible to engrave in shades of grey or change the output power between consecutive runs. High-speed modulation (the PLH3D-6W-XF laser head can handle frequencies up to 100 kHz) allows for a high movement rate during engraving, even when engraving sophisticated patterns. This rate is more than enough to take advantage of the BlackBox controller’s speed.

Using the PLH3D-CNC Adapter guarantees reliable and safe work via overcurrent protection, an independent power supply, a key switch, and an arm button. Furthermore, using the Magnetic Docking station to mount the laser head on the LEAD CNC machine reduces the time needed to mount/dismount and to secure the laser head to just a few seconds (while it requires no additional tools). Moreover, it enables a person to operate the laser without the need for disassembling the spindle. This module operates a brand new NUBM44 450nm diode (capable of emitting up to 6 Watts of power), which is the strongest blue laser diode that is available on the market. The lifetime of this laser diode amounts to 10 000 hours according to the manufacturer.

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