If you’re looking to cut, engrave, or mark parts, there are two main types of lasers to consider: CO2 lasers and fiber lasers. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of each laser technology for cutting and engraving.
CO2 lasers are the most commonly available type of laser on the market today. Systems available can range from a 40W unit that can sit on a kitchen countertop, to multiple kW machines used for production in factories and industrial shops. This is a testament to their flexibility and versatility. They can cut and engrave many types of materials due to their wavelength.
The core technology behind a CO2 laser is a vacuum tube filled with a carbon dioxide gas mixture. The vacuum tubes have a shorter lifespan than other laser technologies, and the systems generally require more maintenance long-term. However, CO2 lasers are a great choice if you are looking for a low cost option for processing a wide variety of materials, keeping in mind the lower lifespan, maintenance, and higher operational costs.
If you are looking to cut and engrave metal, a fiber laser is an excellent choice due to efficiency, long-term stability, and low maintenance. Here at 3D Fab Light our goal is to expand access to this technology with our cost-effective fiber laser system for cutting and engraving sheet metal and tubes. The efficiency of the technology means we are able to generate a peak power of 4.5kW using just a standard 110V/20A wall outlet, but also cut steel, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, brass, and more.
If you still have questions about what laser technology is right for your application, please contact us and we will get back to you with more information.
3D FabLight was founded in 2015 with a mission to break down the barriers to advanced flexible manufacturing using lasers and software. Our team has decades' worth of experience designing laser cutters and machine tool software.
With 3D FabLight, you get the best of both worlds. Not only do you receive our remarkable laser cutting technology guaranteed to meet your cutting needs, but you also get access to our team of dedicated professionals. We provide every customer with top-notch service, answering questions and helping them to personalize their needs. In addition, our team is available for software support. To watch a webinar, click here.