A c02 laser cutter can cut and engrave a variety of materials. It's able to cut materials like wood, paper, cork, and a variety of plastics such as perspex, Polypropylene, and Polystyrene. Etching can be done on almost anything, wood, cardboard, plastic, marble, stone, tile, and glass. It is possible to also ''engrave'' on aluminum, stainless steel, and brass by using markSolid 114 Metal Marking Spray produces highly durable black marks on all metals.
Like any machine, your laser machine will need to be serviced to keep it in tip-top working condition.
How often do I need to get my machine serviced? It depends on how often you use your c02 laser. At laser-focused systems, we would recommend having your laser serviced once every 12/18months.
It also comes down to the independent wear and tear of each component in your c02 laser. For example - generally, you will have to replace your laser beam after around 300 hours of use.
Is simply comes down to what you're looking to achieve with your laser cutter.
If you're looking engrave onto glass, a machine with a smaller size bed would suffice.
If you're looking to use your machine to create signs and advertising products you'll most likely require a larger bed size.
Every individual's needs are different, so it's always useful to speak to an adviser before making a decision.
The main thing before purchasing a c02 laser cutting, it's a good idea to think about where you will be placing it!
What are the dimensions of the machine?
Is the room well ventilated? Also, you will have an extraction system fitted, the machines also tend to let off a lot of heat.
You may also want to consider keeping your laser engraver about a foot away from any walls or barriers. This ensures that air can circulate through the engravers fans and keep the c02 laser cool through the engraving/cutting process.
It's also an idea to think about where you're going to plug your machine into? Does the outlet provide enough electricity that the laser engraver needs?
If you are worried about learning how to use a c02 laser machine, that shouldn’t prevent you from buying your machine!
You can use many different kinds of design software with laser cutters such as CorelDraw, Photoshop, AutoCAD, Illustrator, InkScape, etc.
The software for the machine will be new to you, however, generally, training is provided by the engineer during the set up of your machine.
You'll need an extraction system to ensure the economical removal of process emissions during the cutting and engraving process.
Choosing the correct extraction system will depend on the machine you decide to go with.
Before deciding which laser machine to go with, it is important that you walk yourself through the above questions, but also discuss further questions with the company that you're looking to purchase your laser from.
Talk to the company about what you are planning on using your laser machine for and they will be able to recommend helping you choose the best machine for your needs. Knowledge is power when making an informed decision!