How to choose a suitable laser cutting machine for metals

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Laser cutting machines are a major investment for businesses. These machines are kept for up to 10 years in some businesses. Imagine buying a new laser cutting machine and finding out it isn’t the correct one for the job. There are two main laser cutting machines currently being used in the industry; the fibre laser cutting machine and the CO₂ laser cutting machine. Read more below about how to choose a suitable laser cutting machine for metals:


Fibre laser cutting machine

The laser creation within the fibre laser cutting machine is much more efficient than that of a CO₂ laser cutting machine. The fibre laser cutting machine cuts sheet metal with precision. It is also much safer to use on metals such as aluminium and copper due to the beams non-reflectivity. This laser cutting machine also comes at a lower cost (operating and maintenance) than its CO₂ counterpart.


CO₂ laser cutting machine

On the other hand, CO₂ machines are the preferred option for cutting and engraving thick plates of metal. When it comes to cutting these thick metals, this laser cutting machine is beneficial due to its smooth surface finish. The CO₂ machine is also much faster at piercing material and cutting in a straight line. However, the operating and maintenance costs of these machines are quite high.


Think about this

There are a few things to consider when deciding on which machine to buy. Firstly, what is your budget? The budget plays an important role in your decision as CO₂ machines are more expensive than fibre laser cutting machines. Secondly, what is the purpose of the machine? Are you using it to cut sheets or do you work with thicker material? The second point could overrule your budget.