If there's one tool that's coveted by Makerspaces more than any other, it has to be the laser cutting machine or laser engraving machines. These high-precision machines can produce both functional and beautiful items. Their versatility allows anyone with access to one to quickly go into production with his or her designs.
Go to your local indie craft fair and I bet you'll find laser-cut jewellery. Craft stores are stocked full of cheap laser cutter scrapbooking items. Even big-box stores are not immune to the awesomeness of laser-cut items, offering laser-cut window curtains, holiday ornaments, fixtures, and more.
The power of the CNC laser cutting machine comes from its ability to cut through a wide range of materials with high precision. Drag-knife cutters — like those on craft cutters and vinyl cutters — can't penetrate hard and thick materials, while a laser can slice through them like butter. And a CNC router has a hard time creating ultra-sharp details (think about cutting a letter V: the outside edges can be cut away sharply with overlapping passes but the inner point can only be as pointy as the diameter of your router bit). A laser straight line cutter's beam is so narrow that it can give you that precise detail.
Building structures with laser-cut parts has become a well-defined practice. Plugins to automatically generate boxes are available for the popular vector graphics application Inkscape, making it a snap to create a case for a project. Captured nuts with tab-and-slot construction make parts easy to assemble and take apart, unlike glued builds. In fact, desktop 3D printing wouldn't be where it is today without laser cutters. G4 Welding Products cc has been the pioneers in South Africa for manufacturing and operating CNC laser cutting machines with its laser cutting equipment.
If you're looking for a tool that can widen your boundaries, a laser cutter has a universe of possibilities. Buying your first laser cutter can be a daunting challenge, especially if you're budget-minded. Let this overview of three different types guide you on your way.
Buying Your First Industrial Laser Cutter/Metal Laser Cutter For Sale
Here are three entry-level industrial laser cutters, metal laser cutter for sale made by laser cutting machine manufacturers, bearing in mind the CNC laser cutting machine prices does very
Epilog is the gold standard if you're looking for a high-quality, user-friendly profile cutting, laser cutter. Two big advantages: Epilog's print driver makes the process of sending your designs to the machine quick and painless; and special air-cooled laser tubes made by Epilog reduce the hassles and potential hazards of their liquid-cooled competitors. The convenience doesn't come cheap though; the Zing line, their most affordable.
Full Spectrum Laser
Full Spectrum Laser started out by importing Chinese lasers, tuning them up, and rebranding them for American sales. In an attempt to increase reliability and ease of use, FSL decided to create their own laser cutter system and released the H-Series. To reduce cost, the H-Series skips an adjustable bed — instead, you adjust the laser focus by moving the final lens assembly. With a step, up in software from the standard import offerings.
Imported laser cutters are so popular, they're almost a brand themselves. If you're on a budget or looking for the biggest bang for your buck, they are a great option. Be prepared to swap out small submersible pumps intended to go in buckets for radiant chillers, and to upgrade your ventilation system. The bundled software typically offers a very poor user experience, but that's something you can learn to work around — especially with the potential savings.