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Expanding Your Manufacturing: 5 Things to Consider When Purchasing a Laser Cutting Machine

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Anyone who is in the process of buying a laser cutting machine has a lot to decide. After all, laser cutters can accomplish different tasks, but there are many manufacturers out there competing for business.

However, all any potential buyer should care about is getting the best laser cutter for their money. Many laser cutters are available, including those made by CNC Machining Service, and what follows are five things to consider before purchasing any laser cutting machine.


Selecting a product made by a reputable manufacturer is essential, but a more in-depth knowledge of the company and the way it works are also helpful.

For example, if a company is known for having an in-house research and development department, this should speak well for its emphasis on its ability to meet and even exceed customer needs. A manufacturer that cares enough to have an active research and development department cares about its customers needs and what makes each of those customers’ product needs unique.


First, and perhaps most important, is the materials that will work with the design and whether the particular machine will handle the job. Every machine is designed to work best with a specific type of material. It’s always a good idea to make a sample with different parameters and machines. This way, an appropriate comparison can be made between speeds, engraving, power, and resolution. The most common materials may include ceramics, rubber, wood veneer, Corian, paper, glass, plastic, cloth, cardboard, and more.


Besides the material to be used, power is also an essential condition that must be considered when choosing a cutter. This is the best determiner of the type of work and material. For example, if the material to be cut is a piece of 6mm plywood, the recommended power is usually about 30W since the operating speed will be faster and more productive. Different materials will have additional power requirements. It must be understood what materials will be worked on before a decision is made as to what machine to use.

Work Area

Another important factor that should be considered in selecting a laser cutter is the size of the area where the work will take place. This should consider not only the space required for the machine but also the materials being worked on. This would include what is being worked on and others since several pieces will probably be used on simultaneously. If the cutter has an automatic change, this will streamline the process and affect the work area as well.

Service After the Sale

One crucial, but not often considered issue is the available service after the sale takes place. A manufacturer should never be considered until they can show a reliable track record for standing behind their products. This should be good for answering questions about their work after the sale and providing repairs and servicing of the equipment.

Many things should be considered when selecting a laser cutter. This short article only covers five of them. There are several major players in the laser cutter business, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages. Fortunately for any buyer, the comparisons of these factors, especially when a customer’s needs are taken into consideration, matter most.

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