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Comparison of CO2 and fiber laser systems for cutting application

on April 12, 2019

Laser_cutting_machineNowadays laser systems in cutting machines are a common device in the world of business, despite the fact that most people may not know it. Actually, laser machines have numerous applications, they are not limited by school uses and small business, herein, laser technology is one of the basic tools in industrial manufacturing because of laser precision and energy efficiency.

There are numerous types of lasers with different specifications, but the most frequently used ones are CO2 lasers and fiber laser systems. At the present time, the differences between CO2 and fiber lasers have provoked confusion in the marketplace as the benefits and drawbacks of two technologies.

CO2 lasers are considered to be highly reliable and easy to use. In addition, CO2 laser systems are powerful enough, so they are able to cut through different materials, for example, plastic, leather, wood and some types of metal. Usually, a traditional CO2 laser employs the infrared part of the light spectrum from its laser beam, that is why the beam is visible to the human eye.

Nevertheless, the main drawbacks of CO2 laser systems are connected with their cutting speed during processing of relatively thin materials, but the cutting speed increases when it comes to processing of thicker materials. Also, it should be noted that compared to fiber lasers systems, CO2 lasers allow leaving a smoother finish.

Indeed, fiber laser cutting machines demonstrate more energy efficiency and high-reliability level than conventional CO2 models do. The fact is that CO2 laser system allows cutting through only some types of metal, whereas fiber lasers are stronger, and they are able to cut through such metals as copper, aluminum, and brass.

Moreover, the cost is an important factor in industrial manufacture. Thus, traditional fiber laser costs are less than half of a CO2’s operating cost. Also, high-quality fiber laser beams offer faster-cutting speeds than CO2 model can provide, consequently, it is possible to do more work at a much faster rate.

Finally, the traditional CO2 laser cutting machine requires almost fifteen minutes of warm-up time before it can be used again, while laser beams from fiber laser machines do not need any warm-up time. Herewith, fiber lasers are safer during its operation.

Optromix Inc., headquartered in Cambridge, MA, USA, is a manufacturer of laser technologies, optical fiber sensors, and optical monitoring systems. We develop and manufacture a broad variety of fiber lasers, СО2 lasers, and other types. We offer simple laser products, as well as sophisticated laser systems with unique characteristics, based on the client’s inquiry.

We manufacture lasers using our own technologies based on the advanced research work and patents of the international R&D team. Laser processes are of high quality, high precision, easily-automated manufacturing solutions that provide repeatability and flexibility. If you are interested in Optromix fiber laser systems, please contact us at

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