Aufero rotary roller

Well, I wasn’t expecting THIS start to February 2022 – I just opened the post and not one but TWO rotary roller kits. I have the Aufero Laser 1 Engraver here and I’m frantically making wooden door signs for our cottage – covered elsewhere – not to mention the Ortur Laser Master 2 Pro back in Spain. While I can remember thinking about the rotary roller add-on, I don’t remember ordering it and I DEFINITELY didn’t order TWO – but here we are.

This pair of Ortur YRR 2.0 roller kits arrived in the post this morning, two quite small identical boxes in a single package – the YRR 2.0 is an optional add-on for the Ortur and Aufero Laser 1 laser engravers. Quite a few parts but compared to putting together an actual engraver like some I’ve reviewed in the past, I expect it’ll be simple enough.

Here we go… hopefully the image below (part of the 2-page guide that comes with the roller kit) will give you the general idea of what’s involved.

And what’s the point? Engraving drinking glasses, cans and the like. I’ve no idea yet how to engrave glass at this point – no doubt someone will tell me.

And here’s the relevant bit from page 2 of the 2-sided instruction sheet.. you no longer want the engraver to move forward and backward – that motor goes to the roller – they even supply a lead to save you wearing out your original.

I guess I’ll have to stop throwing out those wine bottles etc. and give this a shot. This device should work with other engravers and definitely other Ortur engravers – which I must say are the best I’ve played with up to now and as you’ll see I’ve had quite a few. Onto assembly then:

Well, I’m not going to do the whole unpacking thing – trust me, the last thing you want to watch is me struggling to get protective material off small acrylic parts and getting everything else out of clear bags. So here it is all spread out on the bench, 15 minutes after opening the box.

Aufero roller kit after removing packaging and protection

Aufero rotary roller

Looks simple but there’s a lot of parts for such a small device. I must admit I got stuck almost immediately – (1) in the instructions above is a bit vague on positioning the M5*20 screws with bearings – thankfully a photo on the web cleared it up – so I’ll include my own, here. While I’m on they provided 2 Allen keys and a spanner – why not a screwdriver?

30 minutes in and beginning to feel ever so slightly intimidated. Not all of the nuts are positioned so that using the spanner is easy. But I’ve not stripped any threads yet so that’s good.

Aufero rotary roller

The two rollers go on pretty easily..

Aufero rotary roller

Next the belt assembly and the plain baffle plate.

Aufero rotary roller

Almost there, the guide wheels get attached to the lifting plate which then sits inside on the non-motor end. M5*20 bolts are used for this and the position of the plate depends on the job in hand. It’s nice that there are thumb screws for the lifting plate – as you may want to move this later – but ir would have been nicer if instead of M3 bolts they’d used thumbscrews for the roller baffle (simple plate) which sits, again inside at the other end.

Ortur have made a good job of this roller as they have with their engravers but with just a little thought they could be even better – the standard Z-lifter being a prime example of lack of thought which is why I’m waiting for the separately available add-on Z-lifter to arrive for use with my various Ortur engravers.

Aufero rotary roller

I ended up with one M3 bolt, one M5 bolt and one M5 nut spare. I must say that a certain amount of lining up is down to visual as the bolts and nuts give some latitude and the last thing you want is your can or bottle sliding up toward or away from the motor end. The two Allen keys and spanner will end up in my ever increasing spare tools draw – you can never have too many of either.

You might like this diagram which provides size info…

To be honest when it comes to actually engraving something other than a beer can, I’m going to need a better spanner as the positioning of the rollers is likely to be critical to doing a good job.

All done – the cable slots onto the end of the motor out of the back (or front depending on your perspective) of the unit and not, as I originally had, pointing out of the bottom 🙂