The LACEnano is a brushless rotary tattoo machine with magnetic drive, so it
will feel a lot like a coil machine but without the hassle and the weight. It is
also the lightest tattoo machine in the world weighing in at only 46g/1.6oz.
The lacenano needs a special power supply that comes with every machine. This
is because of the brushless motor. The LACEnano will not work with standard
power supplies (actually they might hurt the machine so don’t try it) and other
tattoo machines will not work with the LACEnano power supply.
You also get an international wallwart in the kit; it has 3 interchangeable
wall plugs for when you go to conventions abroad.
The Power supply is pretty
self explanatory; all the connections are different from each other, so there is
no way of plugging things in the wrong way. The knob controls the speed of the
machine from 2500 RPM to 8000 RPM (42 Hz to 133 Hz ). This an absolute control
in that the power supply with automatically adjust the voltage if the load
increases (if you push harder or put on a bigger needle). So no more guessing
and adjusting the voltage.
The LACEnano has a chuck that will take any standard 8mm
tube/grip. It will not crush the tube like some other guillotine type tube
holding mechanisms do.
This being a magnetic drive machine, it will not work well with cartridge
needles (much like coil machines don’t because of the magnetic transfer of
force) for this reason we do not support the use of cartridge needles (and they
make any machine’s hit less pronounced so you really shouldn’t use them).
The settings are really simple and can be done on the fly without any tools
and while tattooing using just your fingers. The point here is to control the
position of the magnet on the armature bar in relation to the one spinning on
The upper thumbnut controls the hit (you adjust it up for a harder hit and
down for a softer hit.
The lower thumbnut controls the stroke (you increase the stroke by moving it
down and decrease the stroke by moving it up.
The machine might get hot, if you run it at full speed and with a hard hit
for long periods of time without any brakes. This is not a problem for the
machine, but it might be too hot for your hands if you touch it right away. For
this reason we advise you to use a tattoo pedal that turns off everytime you
remove your foot so the machine has a few seconds to cool off. Also; make sure
to give it a few moments after you are done tattooing before you touch it. This
phenomena is common in coil machines and the reason for it is the high power of
the machine. A small rotary will not get so hot, because it only has a 5w motor,
but coils produce much more power (and heat) and the LACEnano has a 40w motor,
so it does give off some heat.
The LACEnano was designed to be a really low maintenance machine. You can
lube the bearings with a drop of light machine oil from time to time if you wish
but it’s not really necessary. If you are going to clean it in an autoclave,
then we advise using an autoclave grade lubricant (you can get it at dental
supply shops – in fact; the bearings on the LACEnano are dental machine
You can clean the whole machine (including the motor) in an autoclave
sterilizer at up to 135°C. Or If you don’t have one you can use any standard
cleaner and disinfectant that you use for your other tattoo