Last Updated on 19/05/2024 by Vial SH

Compares the characteristics of laser-cutting machines from four aspects.

Compares the characteristics of laser-cutting machines from four aspects

  1. Operation requirements, and maintenance
  2. Cutting speed
  3. Material suitability
  4. Cost

Compares the characteristics of laser-cutting machines from four aspects,so that everyone can have a deeper understanding of laser-cutting machines before purchasing equipment. Normaltan China focuses on the analysis of three major types of laser cutting machines: fiber laser cutting machines, YAG solid-state laser machines, and CO2 laser machines, each of which has its characteristics in production.

Cutting speed and cutting effect

  1. Operating requirements and maintenance

Fiber lasers use optical fiber transmission and are relatively easy to operate. The equipment is maintenance-free and the equipment is free of adjustment. YAG solid-state laser machine needs frequent maintenance, and its thermal lens effect is obvious. The state of the optical path of the CO2 laser machine is related to the cutting effect of the workpiece. Before use, it is necessary to adjust the optical path and maintain the equipment regularly.

The size of the laser cutter determines the maximum size of material that can be cut. Smaller machines are more affordable and suitable for smaller projects, while larger machines can handle larger and thicker materials. The size of the machine also affects its portability and ease of use. Some machines are designed for desktop use, while others require a dedicated footprint. Compared with large machines, small machines require less operation and maintenance.

  1. Cutting speed and effect

The speed effect of a laser cutting machine is measured by its cutting speed, that is, the speed at which the machine moves the laser beam onto the material being cut. Cutting speed is usually measured in inches per minute (IPM). Faster machines are more efficient and can handle larger cut volumes, but they may sacrifice some precision in the process.

The cutting speed of the fiber laser machine is higher than that of the CO2 laser machine, which is more than twice that of the same power CO2 laser machine. Fiber laser cutting machines are suitable for cutting metal sheets.

Compared with the CO2/YAG laser cutting machine, the cutting quality of the fiber laser cutting machine is better.

The precision effect of a laser cutting machine is measured by its minimum slit width, which is the width of the laser beam cutting. The smaller the cut, the more precise the machine. Laser cutters can produce very small cuts, sometimes as small as a few thousandths of an inch, which makes them ideal for intricate and delicate cutting tasks.

  1. Material suitability and application industry

The applicability of fiber laser to the processing of metal materials determines that it is more suitable for the processing requirements of sheet metal manufacturing, the 3C home appliance industry, and the new energy industry. Relatively speaking, CO2 laser machines have wider material applicability.

  1. Energy consumption level and comprehensive cost

Comparing equipment with the same power, the photoelectric conversion rate from high to low is fiber laser > CO2 laser > solid-state laser.

The power of a laser cutting machine is usually measured in watts (W), which is one of the most important factors in determining the cutting ability of a machine. More powerful machines can cut through thicker, harder materials. However, less powerful machines are more affordable and suitable for lighter cutting tasks.

Through the above four factors, N.C. will have an in-depth understanding of laser cutting machines with everyone. Generally speaking, the choice of laser cutting machine depends on the specific cutting needs of users. High-powered machines with fast cutting speeds may be ideal for industrial use, while smaller, more precise machines may be better suited for hobbyists and small businesses.