CO2 Laser Cutting
A technology that uses a laser to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser, by computer, at the material to be cut. The material is then left with a high-quality cut finish with incredible accuracy. There is also a reduced chance of warping the material that is being cut, as laser systems have a small heat-affected zone.
Fiber Laser Cutting
Fiber lasers are the newest development in laser cutting. The laser beam is created by an active fiber and transmitted over a transport fiber to the machine cutting head. Fiber lasers are significantly smaller than CO2 lasers and generate twice as much power from the same amount of current. A fiber cutting system is primarily suited for processing thin to medium-thick sheet metal. Fiber lasers are eco-friendlier than CO2 lasers using typically less than 50% power consumption compared to a CO2 Laser. They are also more reliable and can cut parts up to 30-40% quicker than a CO2 Laser.