If you are looking for a small yet powerful desktop laser CNC machine you may be interested in the Laser Axe that is currently over on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website and available to pledge for from just $148.
The small form factor desktop laser CNC machine is capable of engraving designs onto wood with ease and is also capable of cutting through foam and thin materials such as paper.
Watch the video below to learn more about this affordable laser cutter that is being designed to be easy to use and also comes supplied fully assembled. The software used by the CNC machine is all open source as is the hardware design enabling you to tweak it and modify anything you need for your own purposes.
The build volume of the Laser Axe is 170 x 200 mm in size and a variety of different powered lasers are available for hire pledge amounts. For more information on this compact yet powerful desktop CNC machine and laser engraver jump over to the Kickstarter website.