Shapeoko Legacy Models Lasers for Shapeoko Legacy Models CNC

Discover the ultimate upgrade for your Shapeoko Legacy Models (Shapeoko 1, Shapeoko 2, Shapeoko 3) CNC machines with Opt Lasers. Elevate your crafting and production capabilities with our cutting-edge laser kits, available in 6W, 15W, and 45W options. Each PLH3D-series laser kit is designed for seamless integration, offering a true plug-and-play experience.

At Opt Lasers, our vision is to redefine woodworking, bringing transformative solutions to both seasoned professionals and passionate hobbyists. Our specialized PLH3D-series Shapeoko Legacy Models lasers are crafted to revolutionize your projects, enhancing precision, efficiency, and creativity. The Shapeoko Legacy Models: Shapeoko 1, Shapeoko 2 and Shapeoko 3 are notable for their open-source DIY CNC machine design, leveraging makerslide and standard Arduino electronics to offer a customizable and accessible entry into CNC machining. These models emphasize modularity and upgradeability, allowing users to enhance their machines with various upgrades such as laser modules. These Shapeoko series underline a commitment to accessibility, community engagement, and the democratization of CNC machining, enabling users to explore a wide range of creative and technical projects with ease​

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Opt Lasers Plug&Play Upgrade Kits for Shapeoko Legacy Models

The highest performace 45W optical power and best laser kit available for Shapeoko Legacy Models:

For other laser upgrades for Shapeoko Legacy Models machines go to our Shapeoko Legacy Models Laser Upgrade Shop Category.

Shapeoko Legacy Models CNC and Opt Lasers Synergy - Shapeoko Legacy Models Laser

Experience the unparalleled excellence of Shapeoko 1, Shapeoko 2 and Shapeoko 3 CNC machines when coupled with the XT8 laser head, setting a new standard in the CNC market.

Exquisite Precision: Shapeoko Legacy CNC machines are renowned for their meticulous craftsmanship and pinpoint accuracy. Paired with Opt Lasers' laser systems, engineered to the same exacting standards, the outcome is unparalleled precision in cutting and engraving across various materials like wood, acrylic, and beyond. With the XT8 enhancement, delve deeper into cuts and unveil intricate engravings akin to CO2 laser precision, with the capability to slice through wood up to 20mm thick and foam up to 40mm.

Seamless Integration: Opt Lasers simplifies the process with laser engraver kits meticulously crafted for easy incorporation onto Shapeoko Legacy CNC machines, including Shapeoko 1, Shapeoko 2 and Shapeoko 3 models. This seamless integration with the included Shapeoko mount and dedicated signal wiring ensures a hassle-free upgrade experience, empowering users to enhance their Shapeoko machine effortlessly.

Expanded Flexibility: Integrating Opt Lasers' laser systems broadens the horizons of Shapeoko Legacy CNC machines, introducing laser engraving and cutting capabilities. This newfound versatility opens doors to a myriad of projects, spanning woodworking ventures to intricate design endeavors.

Unwavering Excellence: Shapeoko Legacy CNC machines and Opt Lasers share a common commitment to excellence and reliability. Together, they epitomize unwavering quality and dependability, offering users consistent and trustworthy performance suitable for professional endeavors and hobbyist pursuits alike.

Best Laser Engraver for Woodworking

The PLH3D-XT8 laser head, when installed on Shapeoko Legacy Models (Shapeoko 1, Shapeoko 2, Shapeoko 3) CNC machines, transforms these devices into highly proficient woodworking tools. This laser head, known for its unmatched 45W of maximum optical power, facilitates the execution of intricate designs and smooth cuts across diverse wood types such as oak, pine, and various hardwoods. It's particularly adept at handling both thick and soft materials like balsa and MDF with remarkable efficiency. One of the standout features of the PLH3D-XT8 is its integrated and adjustable Air-Assist nozzle, which significantly enhances the cutting process by removing debris, maintaining clarity, and accelerating cutting speeds by up to six times. This nozzle design ensures even pressure distribution and minimizes the re-aspiration of waste, aligning the hot air flow with the laser beam for precise cuts

laser cutting with Shapeoko Legacy Models machine

Opt Lasers 6W mounted on PortaKeeper's Shapeoko Legacy Model CNC

Cutting & Engraving Wood with Shapeoko Legacy Models CNC Laser 


Laser cutting and engraving on wood is intricately tied to the intrinsic characteristics of the wood itself. These characteristics encompass various factors such as wood type, hardness, moisture content, and surface texture, all of which play pivotal roles in dictating the laser's interaction with the material. Among the myriad wood varieties, certain ones, such as balsa and premium plywood, stand out for their compatibility with laser processes, owing to their uniformity and consistency. Premium plywood, renowned for its composition, typically boasts a lightweight balsa core sandwiched between layers of denser wood, resulting in a flawlessly smooth surface ideally suited for laser operations. This construction grants premium plywood exceptional suitability for laser cutting and engraving, thanks to its uniformity and seamless texture. However, when selecting wood for laser projects, consistency remains paramount. While balsa wood may offer affordability, occasional denser regions within its structure can impede the laser's efficacy. Conversely, high-quality plywood prioritizes material uniformity, ensuring consistent results and optimal performance in laser cutting and engraving endeavors.

Compatison of the electrical design and lifespan of Opt Lasers engraving lasers versus competition

What Accessories are included in the Shapeoko Legacy Models Laser Upgrade Kits?

Our laser heads are compatible with various accessories available in our offerings, providing versatility and upgrading performance options for your laser CNC upgrade kit. Each kit specifies the included accessories, ensuring clarity about what comes with your purchase.

The accessories listed below are commonly used with our laser heads:


The High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle

High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle

The High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle speeds up laser cutting and engraving by up to 6.5 times, and also greatly improves the quality of the processed material. By using the High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle, the resulting material will have noticeably higher quality and uniform and well-defined features.

The LaserDock magnetic laser

LaserDock Magnetic Docking Station

Thanks to the LaserDock equipped with the laser attachment, you can effortlessly dismantle the laser unit when you are finished engraving or laser cutting. A clean focusing lens ensures consistent optical performance during subsequent laser engraving and cutting jobs. Keeping it clean also extends its lifespan.

Magnetic LaserDock PRO

Magnetic LaserDock PRO

The Magnetic LaserDock PRO is designed to streamline operations with simultaneous connections for electricity and compressed air. Equipped with a safety disconnection feature, it prevents hazardous vertical collisions, ensuring workplace safety. Its heavy-duty mounting capability accommodates even the heaviest laser heads, while gold-plated, spring-loaded pins ensure protected and reliable connections. Enjoy rapid attachment or removal of the laser head in mere seconds for efficient workflow.

PLH3D-CNC Adapter Pro

PLH3D-CNC Adapter

Our PLH3D-CNC Adapter serves as a versatile interface and safety unit connected in between a CNC machine and a high-performance PLH3D laser head. Many types of CNC machines and 3D printers with different control voltage standards and levels available on the market may be used to control the PLH3D head. The PLH3D-CNC Adapter converts all these signals to the standard compatible with the PLH3D-series laser.

Laser Safety Glasses

Laser Safety Glasses

Protect your eyes with our CE-rated 450 nm Laser Safety Glasses. Offering 50% Visible Light Transmission for clear visibility, they boast a High Optical Density (OD) rating of 7+ across the 190 nm to 540 nm range. Effectively reduce harm from diffusely reflected laser radiation and safeguard against blue laser exposure..

The High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle

Laser Safety Window

Perfect for CNC machine enclosures, our Laser Safety Window blocks deep ultraviolet, blue, and green light, enhancing overall safety. With a rating of OD 6+ across the range of 190 to 540 nm, it provides comprehensive protection. Plus, it's available in various sizes to suit your needs.

The High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle

Mount and Height Reference Tool

Achieve precise laser head adjustments effortlessly with our Height Reference Tool. Securely attach your laser head or docking station with the sturdy aluminum Mount, complete with all necessary screws included. Avoid hidden costs and enjoy straightforward setup.

The High-Pressure Air Assist Nozzle

Power Supply and Wiring

All necessary wiring is provided for seamless connectivity, compatible with international outlets (US, AU, and Europe). Benefit from a high-quality, low-noise power supply designed to streamline setup and enhance user experience with the Opt Lasers Kit. No hidden costs involved.

Explore Boundless Creativity: Inspiration Gallery

Visit our Inspiration page, where we showcase the possibilities offered by using our blue laser heads for Shapeoko Legacy Models.

Additionally, there are videos available for viewing:

Custom Tool Box - PLH3D-15W Opt Lasers
Opt Lasers Shapeoko Installation Video by PortaKeeper