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Requires a PC computer with USB 2.0 port (not included).
Interface required for adapting the Laser Module on any Shark Controller prior to HD3
Requires Windows 7 or later.
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Laser Engraving Module for CNC's

Easy-to-attach module converts your CNC into a Laser Engraver capable of creating intricate drawings, lettering and photographic images!
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Increase the capabilities of your CNC (sold separately) to new heights by mounting this Solid State Laser Module in you router’s collet. Once installed, you can put the power of laser light to work for you by creating incredibly detailed photographic engravings, images and lettering. It's variable power laser with high quality optics allows for finer control.

Will this Laser work with my machine?

The laser engraving module is compatible with:

  • HD4
  • HD4 extended
  • HD3
  • HD3 extended
  • Piranha XL
  • Piranha FX
(1) Laser Engraving Module for CNC's
(1) Protective Glasses for Laser
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With the Rockler Protection Plan, you'll get accidental damage coverage immediately upon purchase of your tool. Plus, we will extend the manufacturer's warranty for your choice of an additional 1 or 2 years. We'll take care of all parts and labor for any repairs, with no deductibles and no hassles. If your tool can not be repaired, we'll gladly replace it. Available in the US only. Click here to learn more.

Standard Manufacturer's Warranty: 12 months
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Brand Next Wave
Weight 2.1000
Tech Spec
  • Laser Diode Wattage: Less than 3W
  • Laser Color (Visible Range): Blue
  • Made in USA
3.6 / 5.0
17 Reviews
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The laser works great have made name tags with it they came out great. Was very easy to setup
April 23, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Laser is a must have addition
I am extremely satisfied with my laser addition to my Piranha. Made several passes before figuring out the correct settings for speed and laser power. Now I am producing some very detailed work.
Close up detail on a 10 x 12 drawing
Houston Skyline in background with Union Pacific locomotive in front a long with UPRR logo 10 x 12
June 10, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Needs to come with more instructions and the files that need to be downloaded.
1st test project with new laser on a CNC Shark Pro HD.
1st test project with new laser on a CNC Shark Pro HD.
March 23, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
A fun toy
I received this as a promotional give away with a new Shark HD4. It has been quite fun to play with and I have numerous non-commercial uses for it. It doesn't burn deep and I don't believe it could cut any wood, but engraving is easy and accurate. I have used it to engrave names on pens without the 4th axis...I don't think it would work well with acrylics however. I didn't expect much, so it has exceeded my expectations
December 18, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Extraordinary results
Performs better than I expected. The quality and ease of use makes this tool a must in my shop. If you are familiar with the piranha fx and the vcarve software there is zero learning curve.
September 2, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great laser equipment
Just great! Very simple to use, no complexity!
October 8, 2016
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Had an issue with the laser modual am waiting for a replacement...
February 18, 2019
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Needs better instruction
This was a challenge for an experienced machinist familiar with CNC and Lasers to set up. Granted I have an older non-pendant shark. I get the impression that putting the laser on this system was not an original intent.

Beyond that it works as expected. Cuts thin organic material like paper or plastic film. Marks organic materials like wood. Results are actually a little better than I expected.
February 21, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Adding Laser to Shark Pro HD Plus
Since the laser attachment was on sale I decided to gamble on adding the Next Wave Automation Laser attachment to my older Shark. I ordered the laser from Rockler and the Laser arrived well packed, but no instructions were included with the laser or the laser interface needing to be added to the cnc controller. I contacted Next Wave's support and they quickly emailed a template for the controller and instructions for installing the interface. They also included operating instructions for the laser module, however those are geared to the newer pendant controlled machines so I had to experiment some. Also needed to download the correct post processor and Next Wave's controller firmware CNC CP v3.0. Once that was all accomplished the laser performed better than expected. It does a good job etching wood text and line drawings. It is way slower than a dedicated laser unit but is by far more affordable .
February 16, 2018
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Good unit.
The unit performs as expected. It is well made and provides a method of engraving very fine small text and intricate line drawings. The kit should include a CD/DVD with the necessary post processors to create the TAP files, but those and the instruction manuals are available online. All in all it does what I want it to do nicely.
November 6, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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Easier way to put my art work and wildlife drawings onto my wood products and home décor.
Daniel B on Nov 25, 2019
Ability to integrate art into woodworking? Heck yes!
Jonathan B on Mar 8, 2019
Easier way to put my art work and wildlife drawings onto my wood products and home décor.
Daniel B on Nov 25, 2019
Looking to add engraving on small boxes and parts from my cnc
James S on Nov 24, 2019
Ability to integrate art into woodworking? Heck yes!
Jonathan B on Mar 8, 2019
Corey, the manager at the Ontario, CA store recommended it!
Greg on Mar 4, 2019
I purchased the HD4 cnc extended bed and am completely satisfied with the purchase and would like the laser engraver to make it complete...<br />thank you <br />Dave
David M. B on Jan 26, 2019
For my cnc machine
kristin A on Jan 19, 2019
I have the Parana FX and module was 799.99 but reduced to 499.99 making it a great addition to my CNC with a 300.00 saving can't wait for it's arrival.
vanderrt on Aug 28, 2018
I want to be able to burn graphics on wooden projects I make
Lee B on Dec 26, 2017
to laser engrave stuff
Beverly R on Oct 14, 2017
for custom sign making
Theresa M on Jul 14, 2017
It's the only one available. It's not great, it's just the only one available.
Avi à on Nov 28, 2016
I want to try a laser engraver/cutter with foam board and wood
Larry H on Oct 13, 2016
I have the first Piranha version and I was waiting for the FX conversion kit release to use the laser engraving with my equipment, besides the usual CNC bits
Carlos L on Jun 15, 2016
Looking to add engraving on small boxes and parts from my cnc
James S on Nov 24, 2019
Corey, the manager at the Ontario, CA store recommended it!
Greg on Mar 4, 2019
Will the laser engrave glass?
ed f on Mar 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, it is less than 3 Watts...
Will this engrave aluminum?
Judson H on Feb 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It barely engraves wood, it certainly wouldn't etch aluminum.
Can you engrave jewelry with the laser unit and also can I engrave "round" urn type containers made of marble and/or granite?
Glenn G on May 24, 2016
Laser Engraving Module for CNC's
Laser Engraving Module for CNC's
Laser Conversion Kit for CNC Sharks
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BEST ANSWER: I have attempted to engrave anodized aluminum but wasn't able to. It is a 3watt laser. I have only had my laser running for a couple of hours, so far I have marked wood and cut paper with it. I do not have a 4th axis to do round objects so I cannot speak to that.
I hope this helps.
I am having a hard time deciding if I want to purchase this as an addition to my pirahna .. reviews are all over the place.. 3 watts? Is that enough to engrave wood? And how deep will it go? I see some pictures that have been posted but not clear if it is from the laser or not.. if this will do what I want it for, I will spend the $500.. but... Hesitating...
Trish S on Apr 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I am happy with mine. It chars the surface. Haven't tried to be more agressive. It does not go deep (depends on how slow it moves or how many passes you make). they are coming out with a more powerful laser (I think 10 watts) soon. Cost is suggested to be approximately $1,000.00.
Where can I get an extra pair of Protective Laser Glasses that come with the Engraving Module for CNC's, Item #: 59803? The one's on eBay seem cheap.
Jimmy D on Apr 4, 2018
Can this engrave brass? I looking for a way to engrave onto Brass plates.
Anthony on Aug 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. You can engrave brass using an etching tool. The regular CNC program has a application for that.
We just purchased this but have not even figured out how to turn it on. Has anybody found instructions or troubleshooting guides?
Rhonda T on Nov 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are guides on next wave automations website or if you call them they're very helpful. The instructions they do have are a cluster but you have to search really well. I have the hd4 and attached the module. It needs plugged in for power, the laser key turned to the on position. What was giving me issues is that proper toolpath. I had to download it off the disk into vcarve. It was the piranha laser toolpath. Then it started firing perfect. Haven't had an issue since. Hopefully that works.
I am very cautious in deciding to buy this. What does it engrave? From reading the reviews, it sounds like it doesn't do much, nor is there any info about what you can expect it to do.
Royal C on Nov 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have the laser attachment for my CNC Shark. I have been able to do very basic engraving. It is almost like a precision wood burner. I still have not figured out power setting. I have to use feed rate to control intensity. I also have to run a box fan to keep the smoke cloud from blocking the laser and dramatically reducing the intensity. The instructions are lacking.

It works and I am not aware of a better product in the price range but you get what you pay for.
Will this work to sign projects made on a lathe? Ie, bottoms of bowls, boxes, platters?Will this work to sign projects made on a lathe? Ie, bottoms of bowls, boxes, platters?
Beverly C on Aug 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Should be able to do this as long as there is a flat surface to project to. Note that unlike the picture the actual focus distance from the bottom of the laser module is about .1 inch, not the 2 or so inches shown so you need adequate clearance for the laser module.
Will this laser cut through 1/8 plywood?
jake w on Aug 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I haven’t tried it I know it will cut balsam though. Sorry I can’t give a better answer. I am trying to get my house ready to sell and my machines were the first thing I packed up to make room In my garage.

I use Vectric VCarve Pro to program my CNC. How do you program the laser to turn on and off?
Kevin D on Feb 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can still use VCarve to layout designs for the laser, but you select the laser module post processor instead of the CNC Shark processor when exporting the tap file. You use the engraving tool in VCarve for laser cuts. The laser comes with the correct settings for the engraving tool to use with the laser. It's very easy and works great, I love mine.
will the laser engraver work with windows 10 laptop ?
George H on Mar 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I down loaded and installed the software to the controller using windows 10. I had no problems. I have not tried to run the laser directly from the computer. I have had my computer hooked up to the the controller and I'm pretty sure it would run on windows 10.
will the laser attachment work with the the piranha fx?
Ernie E on Mar 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It works with mine. The one item you need to know is the laser is not very strong and works best with soft woods.
Does this work with any CBC machine?
Ryan S on Nov 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: it should as long as you have the controller for the laser.
Can this laser unit be adapted to the CNC Shark HD3?
Dan H on Apr 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. There is an adapter cable and card, available as Rockler item number 50317.
Will this just engrave, or can it cut thru thin materials?
Shortymika on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The power provided by this laser is intended for engraving.
I have the cnc shark Pro Plus can I use the laser head with it?
Mau J on Oct 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes! Be sure to download the latest drivers. For the older versions use the Pirana Laser output. I’ve done several projects with good results. I use the engraver tool selection in V-carve and select the cross-hatch pattern for best results. Have also done a large pen-and- ink drawing on pecan wood. It came out perfect.
What type of materials other than wood can I use my CNC Lazer model engrave on?
Brandon s on Sep 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have used my lazer model almost exclusively in wood, but i have also used it to make plastic name plates. Which has given me the idea to try to use the lazer instead of a drag bit to make an edge lit acrylic sign....
How do you get the laser to work with the next wave Automatic HD . It does not work with PhotoV carving. So how can you to photo’s or images?
Duane B on Jul 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The manual for the Shark Laser is located at:
I'm currently running my Shark HD4 with Vcarve Pro on Windows XP. Do I need to switch to a newer version of Windows to operate the laser attachment?
buckshot on Feb 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I'm running Windows 10 and using Vcarve Pro with a Piranha CNC and use the laser attachment. I would think that if you are able to create the .tap files with XP then it would work OK in XP. You have to make sure you select the CNCSharklaser post processor when you save the .tap file. Then run the .tap as you would any other .tap file.
I want too engrave on hand made Pens both wood ??
William M on Jan 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have engraved a name on a pen I turned but it was difficult. You have to make some type of jig that will hold the pen level and in place on the CNC. Then it is difficult to get the Laser module aligned on the pen itself. With some effort, I think one could develop a procedure for making this a little easier
Hi will this laser attach to my Shopbot Desktop CNC? Will it run with my Aspire software?
FRITZ B on Jun 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This laser is made for the CNC shark series and is not compatible with other machines
Will the laser cut thru sticky backed vinyl (for signage) or paper card stock or 1/16th leather?
Carrie G on Nov 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Carrie ... by using the laser accessory on your Piranha it is meant to be used only for marking and not so much for cutting. It will mark (not cut) card stock depending on the thickness as well as leather. As for the sticky backed vinyl, once again it will mark it ... but if you are doing signage - obviously it will mark the image you've instructed it to do but NOT cut all the way thru the material were it will cut the sticky back that is been used to keep it in place. Hope this helps. ToolMan.
Any idea if this laser could cut through a vinyl album?
Eric D on Nov 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No not even close
Why is the laser less than 3W? Even an under-powered laser is about 40W. Seems like <3W will barely scratch the surface (pun intended).
AviAkesson on Jul 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The 3W is all they have. Mine stopped working. I sent it back 3 weeks ago. They said they were going to send me the next generation upgrade.
will there be a kit to fit the xcarve in the future? cheers eddie nz
eddie h on Mar 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not that we are aware of.
Will the laser engrave stainless steel (outlet faceplates)?
Jerry H on Jan 25, 2016
Is it compatible with the first Piranha CNC model?
Carlos L on Dec 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: A conversion kit for the original Piranha is in development and is expected to be available very soon.
can I attach this to my x-carve?
Mark J on Dec 28, 2015
What software is required to use this item??
Woj's Wood Shop on Dec 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: V Carve Desktop worked for me for photos and bitmaps.