Three-Point Checklist: Three Questions To Ask Yourself When Buying A Laser Cutter

laser cutting machineA laser cutter is an excellent addition for companies looking for a prototyping or manufacturing tool for their business. One way to use it is for cutting stainless steels, metal plates, wood, granite and even tombstones. However, choosing the right laser cutter can be a challenge. You can choose from different varieties ranging from a C02 laser cutter to neodymium lasers. But how will you know which one to purchase?

To make your decision- making easier, here are a few questions that you might want to ask yourself if you’re thinking of buying one for your business.

1. How does a laser cutter work?

The laser beam is a well-precise high-intensity light of a single wavelength or even color. On a basic C02 laser, the light’s wavelength is included in the in light spectrum’s infra-red segment which makes it invisible to the naked eye. The high power density that the machine produces results in the specific location’s rapid heating and even melting, which according to AP Lazer, can provide a client with the ability to expand the range of materials and items that companies can customize.

2. What can a laser cutter do?

You can do three basic techniques with C02 laser machines such as vector cutting, vector engraving, and raster engraving. Vector cutting is one of the most basic applications which is a complete cut through a specific type of material which uses the design in the CAD data. Vector engraving follows a vector line to create an outline on the surface while raster engraving is an infill engrave where the laser almost works like an inkjet printing machine.

3.How do you create a design with it?

Depending on the materials that you’ll use, almost any design can be possible. You may want to create CAD (Computer Aided Design) Vector files using Inkscape, Adobe Illustrator, or even AutoCAD to create a few designs. However, you may want to keep in mind that certain types of material can’t withstand the heat, which may cause it to either shrivel or even melt.

These are just a few questions that you may have when it comes to laser cutting machines. You may always want to ask an expert to know more about its features, especially the ones that you can use for your business.