How to Buy a Laser Cutting Machine

Written by mark fitzpatrick
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How to Buy a Laser Cutting Machine
Lasers are high concentrations of light that can penetrate matter. (laser image by serge simo from

Depending on your industry, you may want to invest capital in purchasing a laser cutting machine. Lasers utilise high concentrations of light that penetrate physical objects. Lasers are often lauded for their pin point accuracy and clean cut compared to physical tools. However, the market is flooded with different types of laser cutting machines that are meant for different purposes. Some machines are excellent for artistic reasons, while others are purely used for manufacturing.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Learn about the material you will use for the laser cutting machine. Some materials require weaker lasers, such as fibreglass, while metals need strong lasers.

  2. 2

    Focus on the type of work you want to use the laser for. Some laser machines have computers and computer software that can scan images and then laser cut the scanned image onto material. If this is something you want to invest in, buy a machine that can do that.

  3. 3

    Investigate how much of a power scale you want. Some lasers are light in their penetrative powers, while others utilise the entire wattage of power given to them. If you want lasers for artistic purposes, you may want a lighter laser. For manufacturing purposes, you might need a laser powerful enough to penetrate certain metals.

  4. 4

    Determine the focus level you want in your machine. Some laser cutting machines have a large scale of measurements for their cutting. This allows you know how deep and wide you want your laser cuts to be. A machine with many settings is probably preferred.

  5. 5

    See what the pulses per inch is on the device. Pulses per inch is a measurement on how many laser pulses are afflicted to the material. Since lasers do not flow in a straight line, a machine needs to pulse lasers out at a certain rate. The higher the rate, the faster the machine.

  6. 6

    Contact the manufacturer directly. Since laser cutting machines utilise delicate machinery, only a manufacturer or laser selling company can give you a machine.

Tips and warnings

  • Some materials emit harmful chemicals when a laser penetrates them. Items may include rubber, polystyrene and vinyl. Research beforehand if the products and materials you are working with emit chemicals when extreme heat is applied to them.

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