I don’t like swapping the tool that much. once I get the spindle trammed, I like to leave it alone. I have one of those mounts, and after initial tests, I put the router back in and once I trammed it, I never installed the laser again. YMMV.
If your control board has the PWM output (The SKR Pro 1.2 does via pin D9 IIRC.) then you basically need to enable laser mode, and use it.
Hardware wise, you need some sort of mount, and a way to get power and the PWM signal to the laser module.
NEJE lasers like the E40 or A40640 (I have both) have a little control board that takes those signals and sent them via a 4 wire connection tot he laser. The provided wire is short, so you either need to make up a longer one, or keep it close to the laser (This was my approach.) I chose a separate power supply for the laser. A 12V 5A power supply is perfectly adequate to the task. If you have more than 4A of excess capacity of 12V from your main power supply, or more than 3A from a 24V supply, you’re good for 40W of power to the laser. (If you’re going with 80W/20W optical, then you need 7A from the 12V or 5A from the 24V.) that’s leaving a little headroom, but that’s not a bad thing. I power the mainboard of my LR3 from 24V so I chose to run a separate 12V supply for my laser.
My CoreXY machine, I ran the whole thing from a 12V 6A power supply. That supplied the Bart Dring TMC2209 pen/laser board, the stepper motors and the laser all-in-one. Plenty of power from the one supply, so it certainly can be done.
If you want to cut, then the 40W (10W optical power) is pretty much a minimum, I would say. Even then, I think it’s not feasable without air assist. For air assist, you need some sort of air pump. An aquarium air pump capable of 65l/min is a little anemic, but does the job. Less than that is not much good. I would recommend something larger, myself. Costco had an air compressor on sale near Christmas, and I’ve been really happy with it for several air compressor uses, and it lets me keep the big compressor in the garage while the laser is in the basement. I still sometimes use the aquarium pump, because it’s adequate for engraving, and doesn’t blow light material away, but the compressor is better for cutting. Without air assist, there won’t be much difference cutting between the 40/10W and the 80/20W laser, because the smoke will interfere and diffuse just as badly with the laser beam. you’ll end up with a lot of charring and possibly flames before you cut.
So what you need:
- Adequate power
- Air Assist