Because of their consistent performance, C02 lasers have been the preferred laser machine for job shops. They are reliable in cutting speed, cost-of-operation, and cut quality across all metal thicknesses. Job shops can process a wide range of materials at affordable rates thanks to this.
Fibre laser cutters are becoming more popular and job shops are looking at the potential benefits to their business in terms of increased operational efficiency and faster turnaround times. This article will discuss the benefits of each laser technology and how they can be combined in the right environment.
It will also explain how job shops, which are larger businesses with higher volumes, can benefit from both. Fibre lasers are faster than CO2 lasers and can be used to fabricate thin sheets of metal up to 5mm thick. They can cut thin sheet metals almost three times faster than CO2 lasers. Their operating costs are usually half that of a CO2.
This is due to their lower electrical consumption and lack of mirrors required in CO2 systems. They also require less maintenance due to not having mirrors or laser gas. They have a 50% longer service interval which allows for 50% lower servicing cost. They also require fewer consumables to run and are less expensive than CO2 systems.
The beam from fibre optics is more easily absorbed into metals than a CO2 laser, which could cause damage to the machine. This allows you to do more extensive work. Research shows that around 70% of flat sheet metal cutting applications are in the thinner-material range below 5mm thick. This is a significant segment of flat sheet metal market.