A laser cutting machine is a machine that uses laser lights to cut through different materials such as metal, wood, textiles, acrylic among many others. When it comes to metal cutting, you can use it to cut different types of metals such as stainless steel, steel, and aluminium.
Laser cutting is preferred by many people as its accurate, has a very small kerf width, yields excellent cut quality, and has a small heat effect zone.
For you to buy the right machine you need to consider a number of factors:
How will you be using the machine? You can use the cutting machine for two main functions: cutting and engraving. As mentioned, you can use it on different materials. The materials have different specifications; therefore, before you head to the stores you should decide on how you will use your machine.
The bed size of the machine determines the amount of work you can do. The bed size varies from A3 to A1 where the bigger the size, the more the work that your machine can handle. The bed size is a permanent feature; therefore, you can’t change it in the future.
The decision should be based on the amount of work that you are planning of handling. For example, if you are planning of handling large projects you should go for a machine with a large bed.
The quality of the optics is the one that determines how well the machine performs. Many unknowledgeable people think that the wattage is the one that determines how effective the machine works, but this isn’t true.
When making the purchase you shouldn’t bother with the amount of power that the machine consumes-you should concentrate on the quality of the optics.
To determine the quality of the optics you should ask the seller to demonstrate how the machine works on different materials and settings.
Ease of use
If you are a new buyer you most likely don’t know how to use the laser cutting machine. A good machine should come with an easy-to-follow manual. The manual should not only show you how to use the machine, but also how to undertake minor repairs.
These are tips on how to buy the right laser cutting machine. Although, the machine is designed to cut different materials, you should avoid cutting plastic with it as plastic tends to give off chlorine gas which is harmful when you breath it.