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Laguna PL 12|20 Portable Laser

Etches, engraves and even cuts a wide variety of materials—package includes everything you need to get started!
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Engrave wood, acrylic, glass, marble, granite and more with the Laguna PL 12|20 Laser. The machine has a 12'' x 20'' working envelope that accommodates a wide variety of small projects, signs, models, glassware and more, and the removable floor lets you lase items that are too large to fit inside the machine. The body of the Laguna is made from solid steel, guaranteeing stability and precision at any speed. In fact, almost every component is made from metal, ensuring a long working life. The Laguna features separate terminals for high and low voltage. The high voltage connects the CO2 tube to the laser while the low voltage connects to the controller and circuit board. This eliminates disturbances in the laser path, as well as providing longer life. Package includes a water chiller, air compressor and an exhaust fan for easy venting to the outdoors.


  • Water chiller, air compressor and exhaust fan are included
  • True 20'' x 12'' working envelope inside the laser
  • Removable floor allows you to engrave objects that don't fit inside the machine
  • USB port for convenient connection to your computer
  • All cables are UL certified
  • Requires a computer with Windows OS; not compatible with Mac
(1) Laguna PL 12|20 Portable Laser
(1) CW-3000 Water Chiller
(1) Air compressor with attachments
(1) Exhaust fan with two collapsible exhaust ducts
(1) RDWorks 8.0 software package
More Information
Brand Laguna
Manufacturer Part Number MLC122040
Weight 230.0000
Tech Spec
  • Work Envelope: 12'' x 20''
  • Power Requirements: 110V, 60Hz
  • Laser: 40 watt, 700mm
  • Laser Type: CO2 Sealed Laser Tube, 10.6μm
  • Cooling Type: Water Cooling
  • Engraving Speed: 0-60000mm/min
  • Cutting Speed: 0-40000mm/min
  • Laser Output Control: (0-100% Set by Software)
  • Min. Engraving Size: 1.0mm*1.0mm
  • Highest Scanning Precision: 4000DPI
  • Locating Precision: ≤+0.01mm
  • Controlling Software: DSP Control System
  • Graphic Format Supported:DST PLT BMP DXF DWG AI LAS, etc.
  • Color Separation: Yes
  • Drive System: High-precision 3-phase Stepper Motor
  • Auxiliary Equipments: Exhaust Fan and Air Exhaust Pipe
  • Power Supply: AC110V/220V+10%,50HZ/60HZ
  • Working Environment: Temperature: 32º – 104 º F , Humidity 5-95%
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Built like a tank!! Works like a charm!
March 1, 2020
5 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Works Great
The setup instructions in the YouTube videos (highly recommend watching) were spot on. Perfectly aligned and made a first engraving right out of the box. Couldn't be happier.
November 29, 2019
8 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very pleased I bought this instead of some Chinese unit.
Once installed properly, the PM 1220 is very detailed and accurate with extremely high resolution. I am very pleased. RDWorks is easy to learn and easy to use to get the most out of your engraver.
November 22, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
The removable bottom was missing as well as a length of exhaust hose, still waiting. Other wise the machine works real well. The machine manual is written pretty well but the RD works manual can be pretty confusing, obviously not written by someone that knows English.
May 5, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Laguna laser
So far so good. Packaging was good. The safety switch came loose in shipping so had to reconnect that. Screws were missing out of the unit where the hose connects in the back. After getting all set up seems to work fine.
March 30, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
Finally works fine
I've had this machine for about 6 months and have used it about 300-400 total hours. After 2 months and about 50 hours of use, it completely failed. After several calls to Laguna, I finally connected with a tech who suspected it was either the laser, power supply or both. He promised to send both. After waiting about a month, and several more calls, I finally received both. The laser tube was packed sloppily and was broken and the power supply was different than the original, not fitting in the case securely. After several more calls, mostly to voice mail, and a couple of emails, I finally received the replacement laser tube.
After installing everything, re-configuring the placement of the power supply because the connectors were too short, I cleaned and realigned the mirrors and it's worked fine since then - actually better than when it was new.
Even though it carries the Laguna name, it's still a Chinese laser.
April 28, 2020
Woodworking Experience:
Laguna PL1220
So I now have 300 hrs of run time on this laser and it is my first laser I have purchased. It is a wonderful machine but customer service is pretty much non existent. I had the power source fail on me and I had to diagnose and replace myself as well as some faulty wiring which caused a severed wire to my X axis motor. I love the open bottom design and don't believe any other laser offers this. After taking the laser completely apart and diagnosing a few of these issues and seeing how these specific machines are put together and what parts are used I will buy a cheaper Chinese machine next time. I may not have learned this much about these lasers if weren't for Laguna but honestly is a very nice laser as long as you are decent a chasing down electrical gremlins and don't want a $4,000 paper weight. All that said, I don't own a Chinese laser so I don't know how many issues they might have.
October 28, 2019
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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I own a Laguna CNC IQ pro and it is a good quality machine. It made sense to stick with Laguna because I have had a good experience with the Laguna.
Donald on Jun 17, 2020
I own a Laguna CNC IQ pro and it is a good quality machine. It made sense to stick with Laguna because I have had a good experience with the Laguna.
Donald on Jun 17, 2020
To use in my shop.
David S on Mar 1, 2019
To use in my shop.
David S on Mar 1, 2019
How often does the laser need to be replaced?
Rick C on Sep 7, 2018
One video showed laser etching a glass. Without a rotary axis, how is this possible (keep roll drop off within specific amount, etc.)?
Tools30 on Jan 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Laguna makes a rotary accessory. They call it a 4th axis rotary accessory. I believe the price is $795.
Can you tell me the dimensions of the main unit and if it’s noisy?
Kevin R on Dec 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The main unit is 40" in width and 30" in length and 9" in height with the lid closed. With the lid open it is 27.5" in height.

It is not noisy, the sound of the included exhaust fan and chiller (water cooler) are the loudest components at about 6-65 dB. The machine itself is rated at 55 dB.
Is there a rotary attachment for it?
James S on Jan 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Since the time of the above announcement, they have developed and do offer a rotary attachment for all of their laser machines.
has any one ingraved pens and pencels on this machine?
shorty on Jan 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have engraver the handles of wooden spoons, which are the same size as 7mm pens.
What settings should be used to engrave anodized Aluminum?
Cameron H on Mar 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It is best to do a matrix on the material of different speeds with the same power, and then a constant speed, with different power settings. This will help you dial in the best combination of speed and power for your material.
can you swap out lhe 40w tube and install a 100 w tube?
David S on Feb 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This laser is not designed for a laser tube of that power.
Is this a 1 2 3 or 4 class laser tube and how much is a replacement tube? Thank You
martin n on Jan 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: price is $400 for tube, but can change any time
class is: 2A
What type of materials will this cut?
John G on Dec 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Laguna PL1220 can cut any materials that are not reflective and are not forbidden because of harmful fume emissions - one being poly-carbonate.

The depth of cut is dependent on the number of passes and the clearance. With the bottom in, it can allow a maximum work piece thickness of 3/4". With the bottom removed that thickness is infinite.

The single pass cut limits are in between 1/8" and 1/2" inch for most materials. For example, acrylic we have tested up to 1/4" with no problems. It can cut any wood veneers and most woods up to 3/8" in thickness.

Keep in mind that C02 lasers cannot cut metal materials, but can engrave metals with surface finished like anodized aluminum. It can also engrave many unusual materials like marble and granite.

I hope this helps, we are working hard to produce tutorial videos and documentation on this.
Can the CW-3000 Water Chiller be filled with an antifreeze instead of distilled water?
Richard T on May 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, we do not have any experience with anti freeze, not sure at this point
Where can you buy a rotary attachment for the Laguna PL 12/20 laser?
Michael M on Apr 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Laguna is in process of testing a rotary attachment kit which will provide a "Riser box" to contain the Rotary device. We expect it on market in next 2-4 months
Is there a rotary attachment available for this?
Mike M on May 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: No, I had to make my own. Look for Russ on YouTube and search for RDWorks Learning Lab. He has plans and instructions for one.
What image (.jpg, .png, etc.) will the PL 12/20 read? Is the RDWorks 8.0 only to create the artwork? Can Mac produced images be read by the PL 12/20?
FlipFlop on Nov 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Most graphics files can be imported into RdWorks. I seem to have better luck and control of laser setting with vector based files like DXF. I run my PL12/20 from an PC platform so I can not speak to the question regarding Mac.
Will this machine support Corel Draw files?
Justin M on Jan 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The software that drives the machine is RDWorks, which is included free with the machine. Since it is basically a driver, you should have some front-end drawing package. Corel Draw will work, but so will many other packages including AutoCAD. I use Inkscape, which is a strong graphics package that is free.
Can I cut thin metal? If so how thick.
Steve L on Nov 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: No, co2 lasers can't cut metal. It takes a lot more power to cut metal.
Will this laser engrave text and graphic logos on steel or other metals?
Joseph B on Sep 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Joseph B -- I think the answer to your question might be found above in the info offered by Benjamin H, Laguna Tools Expert on Dec 20, 2017.

Laguna Tools guy wrote: "Keep in mind that C02 lasers cannot cut metal materials, but can engrave metals with surface finished like anodized aluminum. It can also engrave many unusual materials like marble and granite." Hope this helps.
Is it possible to get instructions in Spanish?
Antonio on Feb 20, 2020