@BobW55 I'm seriously looking into this option. The Acro 1010 was the exact kit that I've been looking at, so seeing someone else utilize it for laser cutting is very helpful. I'm curious whether a 2nd pass over the foamboard with the laser would cut through fully, if the first pass only does a partial cut?
It's been a lot of back and forth weighing the options of needle cutter vs laser. Needle cutter is excellent for foamboard, with clean and complete cuts in one pass once dialed in, but it would not be usable for other things. Diode laser could be used for etching and cutting other materials (I would like to do some acrylic work), but it wouldn't cut completely through white foamboard (which is my primary purpose). Plus the inherently greater safety requirements with lasers (goggles, shields, cooling and ventilation, etc.). But it's a LASER!