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How do we choose a laser cutting machine?

Investing in a laser cutting machine can be one of the best decisions you make, however, it’s essential to do a little homework first before choosing a machine that’s just right for you. If you’re somewhat confused about the many different types of machines available or aren’t entirely sure on the features that will prove most useful, we’ve added a few top tips below.


CO2 vs Fibre

CO2 laser cutting systems can be used to cut or engrave a wide range of materials, including acrylic, wood, paper, card and fabrics, while the higher power RF CO2 lasers can also cut through thin sheet metals. You, therefore, have a great deal of versatility with these machines. That said, if you’re only looking to cut a range of metallic materials, a fibre laser machine is best. With fibre laser beams, the energy is absorbed into the surface of the metal, before converting into heat, melting or vaporising the material. Gas is blown onto the cutting region to blow away the molten metal from the cutting path.



Whether you’re looking to only cut one material or require a more versatile model, it’s important to consider the hardness of the materials you need to cut. For example, the thicker the material is, the greater power of the laser required. High power laser cutting or engraving machines will deliver deeper penetration into any material, so a general rule is “double the power and you can double the speed”.



Laser cutting machines are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and it’s essential to know the bed size you need for your material. You may find that the bulkier laser cutting machines are a good fit for larger volumes, yet you also have the option to position smaller items on a larger sheet. When it comes to size, the one thing you don’t want to do is choose a bed that’s far too small, making your processes impractical or awkward.



We recommend that when you begin your search for the right cutting machine, do not try to think about budget too much. It’s important to understand the features of various machines in full because you will then gauge an understanding of the specification you need. You can then narrow down your search, eliminating those that are over-spec or under-spec, while considering price when you’re confident on the device that’s right for you. At CTR Lasers, we supply British designed and manufactured machines while finance options are available if you’d prefer to let the machine pay for itself as you use it.


Find your ideal cutting machine with our simple online tool

Our quick and easy-to-use tool is designed to help you find a machine that’s right for your needs. Simply answer a series of questions and you will quickly narrow down the choice of machines to one (or a small choice) that will suit your work processes. This area of our website is designed to provide general guidance, so if you would prefer to speak with our knowledgeable team, please call us today on 0844 800 4727 or 01604 675 417. Alternatively, drop us a message and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.