Creality Falcon2 Pro 22W Laser Engraver and Cutter Review

Creality Falcon2 Pro 22W Laser Engraver and Cutter Review

In the rapidly evolving world of laser engraving, Creality has consistently been a brand to watch. One of their latest offerings, the Falcon2 Pro 22W, has created quite a buzz among enthusiasts and professionals alike. With a reputation for innovation and quality, Creality has set the bar high with this model, even releasing a powerful 60W laser engraving and cutting machine.

In this review, I’ll explore the features, performance, and overall value of the Creality Falcon2 Pro 22W, helping you decide if it’s the right addition to your workshop.

Just a disclaimer, this is my first time using a laser engraving and cutting machine. So I won’t be comparing it to other brands, but I will give my honest opinion about the machine.

Unboxing and First Impressions

The Falcon2 Pro 22W arrives in sleek, professional packaging, indicative of the quality inside. Upon unboxing, the first thing that strikes you is its robust build. The aluminum frame exudes durability, promising a long-lasting investment. Included in the box are the laser engraver itself, the principal part (which was already assembled), a power supply, safety goggles, a user manual, and various assembly tools.

Installing the Creality Falcon2 Pro 22W laser engraver

The part that takes time to assemble is the cover. There is a manual (both in booklet and PDF file formats) that you can follow. I suggest looking for the PDF format on your computer. The pictures in the booklet are a little small and of average print quality.

Key Features

Powerful 22W Laser Module

At the heart of the Falcon2 Pro is its 22W laser module, a significant upgrade from previous models. This high-powered laser allows for faster and deeper cuts, expanding the range of materials you can work with, from wood and leather to more challenging substrates like metal and stone. It can cut a 10mm basswood board in one pass (though I have yet to try this).

This machine is also compatible with 40W laser modules, which offer even more power.

Safe and Visible

The deep red cover is designed to prevent laser leakage. It’s highly transparent, offering excellent light filtering capability for eye-friendly viewing. And because the cover is fully transparent, it allows you to watch the process from any angle.

Clear red cover of Creality Falcon2 Pro allows you to watch the process from any angle.

Versatility and Connectivity

One of the standout features of the Falcon2 Pro is its versatility. It supports offline engraving via an SD card and online control through USB or Wi-Fi, providing flexibility depending on your setup. I’ll tackle how to use the Creality Falcon2 Pro remotely in a separate blog post.

Falco2 Pro features offline engraving via an SD card
Sample Gcode that Creality store in their SD card for sampling of Falcon2 pro remote cutting

There’s also a rotary attachment that you can purchase separately, allowing for engraving on cylindrical objects, further broadening its application scope.

Built-in Top Camera for Accurate Alignment and Batch Production

Aligning the material and your design has never been easier with the built-in top camera, especially if your canvases are small. You can even batch produce. You have to calibrate your camera first using the calibration sheet and software provided. An easy-to-follow instruction guide is included.

Screenshot of the camera view in the LightBurn softwarre
Process of batch production using Falcon2 Pro 22W
Batch engraving using Falcon2 Pro 22W

Perfect for Christmas DIY decorations

Easy Cleaning

It has a built-in metal drawer that catches the debris from cutting. As part of their safety measures, the machine will stop operating if you open the drawer while it is still in operation.

Easy cleaning of Falcon2 Pro 22W

Big Working Space

The Falcon2 Pro laser engraving and cutting machine boasts an impressive working area size of 15.75″ x 16.34″, providing ample space for handling a wide variety of projects with precision and ease. This generous workspace allows for the creation of intricate designs and larger pieces, making it an ideal choice for both hobbyists and professionals seeking high-quality results in their engraving and cutting tasks.

Working area of Falcon2 Pro 22W is 15.75" x 16.34"

However, the overall size of the machine is 26″ x 22″ x 12.5″, not to mention that it has an exhaust pipe and you will need a computer attached to it if you are not working remotely. So, if you are considering this machine, make sure you have enough space in your room.

Safety Features

Safety is a key consideration when working with powerful lasers. The Falcon2 Pro includes multiple safety features to ensure that both the user and the machine are safeguarded against potential hazards.

Protective Cover

The deep red cover is highly transparent, offering excellent light filtering capability for eye-friendly viewing. Because the cover is fully transparent, it allows you to watch the process from any angle. The machine will also stop when you open the lid, preventing laser leakage.

Emergency Stop Button

The Falcon2 Pro is equipped with a prominently positioned emergency stop button, ensuring maximum safety during operation. This crucial feature allows users to quickly and easily halt the machine’s function in case of any unforeseen issues, providing peace of mind and preventing potential damage or injury. The emergency stop button is a testament to the Falcon2 Pro’s commitment to user safety and reliable performance.

Safety features of Falcon2 Pro 22W

Key to Lock and Unlock the Machine

This is a great feature as it prevents unauthorized persons, especially children, from operating the machine without adult supervision.

Triple Intelligent Monitoring

  • Airflow Monitoring: Indicates the current airflow volume, adjustable according to the amount needed for your engraving.
  • Flame Monitoring: When a flame is detected, the indicator will flash red with an alarm and the machine will stop immediately.
  • Lens Monitoring: Built-in lens monitoring triggers an alarm when it accumulates too much dirt, avoiding lens breakage and frequent replacement.

Built-in Exhaust Fan and Pipe

Although dust and smoke are isolated because of the cover, the exhaust fan is a big help in extracting the fumes from your workplace, protecting the operator from inhaling harmful fumes. Creality also sells a fume extractor separately, but I don’t have it, so I just put the end of the exhaust pipe facing the window.

Exhaust fan and pipe attached on Falcon2 Pro 22W

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • High Power: The 22W laser module significantly enhances cutting and engraving capabilities.
  • Precision and Batch Production: Excellent accuracy and fast operation make it suitable for detailed work and high-volume tasks.
  • Safety Features: Multiple built-in safety mechanisms ensure safe operation.
  • Versatility: Supports various materials and can operate a rotary attachment for cylindrical objects.
  • Price: It’s half the price compared to other brands with the same capability.

Cons

  • Material Quality: The principal part is robust and of good quality, but the red cover is flimsy. I also noticed that the cover is not fully sealed as smoke escapes from the sides.
  • Learning Curve: Complete beginners may need some time to master the machine’s full potential as well as the software you’ll be using.
  • Software Not Included: You have to purchase the software separately. The most commonly used is LightBurn software, or you can use the free LaserGRBL software.
Cons of Falcon2 Pro 22W

Promotion

Creality is currently offering an attractive promotion for the Falcon2 Pro 22W. From June 15, 2024, to July 15, 2024, you can take advantage of several exciting deals:

  • Subscription Gift: Subscribe to emails and spend over $100 to receive a plywood gift, valued at $25.99.
  • First Tier: Spend over $399 and receive 10 pieces of plywood, valued at $25.99 (Cannot be combined with the subscription gift).
  • Second Tier: Spend over $999 and receive a Falcon Material Discount Card, valued at $49.99.
  • Third Tier: Spend over $1999 and receive a Rotary Kit Pro, valued at $189.

Use the code FNPALL10 and visit this link to take advantage of these promotions.

Conclusion

The Creality Falcon2 Pro 22W is a powerhouse in the laser engraving world. Its combination of power, precision, and versatility makes it a top choice for professionals seeking a reliable, high-performance machine. While the price tag may be a consideration, the investment is justified by the quality and capabilities on offer. Whether you’re a seasoned engraver looking to upgrade or a serious hobbyist ready to take on more ambitious projects, the Falcon2 Pro 22W is a worthy contender that delivers on its promises.

Investing in the Creality Falcon2 Pro 22W means equipping yourself with a tool that’s not just about functionality, but about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in laser engraving.

Creality Falcon2 Pro 22W laser engraver review
Creality Falcon2 Pro 22W review and sample designs using the machine

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