My sons and I started to combine a cast-off Isel with DeskCNC and a laser for cutting and photo engraving.
We hit a snag with the lasers when we decided to adapt existing surgical lasers instead of building from scratch using "junk" parts. In order to adapt, we need documentation and schematics for the lasers we are using. That hasn't been as rapid a process as we anticipated. I guess we are not throwing around the correct amount of hundred dollar bills!
So we are not experienced, as your question indicated, but we are in the "trying hard to be" mode. We appreciate the forum and will be checking in here to see who else is working with DeskCNC and laser cutting, etc.
Marc and sons