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2020 Buyer's Guide to Metal Laser Cutter

Are you looking forward to DIY or buy an affordable metal laser cutter for stainless steel, carbon steel, tool steel, galvanized steel, spring steel, aluminum, copper, brass, alloy, silver, gold, iron, titanium, chromium, manganese, cobalt, nickel, lead and other metal fabrication? Check out the 2020 new metal laser cutter buying guide for metalworkers, metal fabricators, operators, machinists and beginners, we'll offer you the best laser metal cutting machines of 2020 with custom metal laser cutting service to fit your metal laser cutter ideas, projects, and plans.

What Is A Metal Laser Cutter?

Metal laser cutter is a type of CNC laser cutting machine for sheet metals, metal plates, metal profiles, metal tubes and metal pipes, which is the best metal cutting solution for metal fabricator. Metal laser cutters are available for 2D/3D metal cutting projects of hot rolled steel, cold rolled steel, stainless steel, carbon steel, galvanized steel, alloy, brass, bronze, copper, gold, silver, aluminum, titanium, iron. Laser metal cutting machines are equipped with machine frame, laser power supply, laser generator, reflector path, laser cutting head, water chiller, control panel and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) system.

How Does A Metal Laser Cutter Work?

The laser beam is focused into a very small spot with a minimum diameter (which can be less than 0.1mm), which enables a high power density at the focal point (which can exceed 106W / cm2). At this time, the heat input by the light beam (converted by light energy) far exceeds the part that is reflected, conducted or diffused by the material, and the material is quickly heated to the vaporization temperature and evaporated to form a hole. With the relatively linear movement of the beam and the material, the hole continuously forms a slit with a very narrow width (such as about 0.1 mm). The thermal influence of trimming is very small, and there is basically no deformation of the workpiece.
During laser metal cutting, auxiliary gas suitable for the material to be cut is also added. When cutting steel, oxygen must be used as an auxiliary gas to produce an exothermic chemical reaction with the molten metal to oxidize the material, while helping to blow away the slag in the slit. For metal parts with high processing accuracy, nitrogen can be used as an auxiliary gas in the industry.
Most organic and inorganic materials can be cut by laser. In the metal processing industry, which occupies a heavy weight in industrial manufacturing, many metal materials, regardless of their hardness, can be cut without deformation (using the most advanced metal laser cutter to cut the thickness of industrial steel is close to 20mm). Of course, for high-reflectivity materials such as gold, silver, copper and aluminum alloys, they are also good heat transfer conductors, so laser cutting is difficult or even impossible to cut (some difficult materials can be cut using pulsed laser beams, Due to the extremely high peak power of the pulse wave, the absorption coefficient of the material to the beam will increase sharply instantly).

What Are Metal Laser Cutters Used For?

The energy of the laser is concentrated into a high-density beam in the form of light. The beam is transmitted to the work surface, generating enough heat to melt the material, and the high-pressure gas coaxial with the beam directly removes the fused metal to achieve the purpose of cutting. This shows that laser cutting is essentially different from machine machining.
It uses the laser beam emitted from the laser generator to focus on the laser beam irradiation condition of high power density through the external circuit system. The laser heat is absorbed by the workpiece material and the workpiece temperature rises sharply. After reaching the boiling point, the material begins to vaporize and form Holes, as the relative position of the beam and the workpiece moves, will eventually form a slit in the material. The technological parameters (cutting speed, laser power, gas pressure, etc.) and movement trajectory during slitting are controlled by the CNC system, and the slag at the slit is blown off by the auxiliary gas with a certain pressure.
Laser metal cutting machines are widely used in industrial manufacturing of metal fabrication, school education, small businesses, home business, small shop and home shop for sheet metal fabrication, aviation, spaceflight, electronics, electrical appliances, kitchenware, auto parts, subway parts, automobile, machinery, precision components, ships, metallurgical equipment, elevator, household appliances, metal signs, metal logos, metal tags, metal profiles, metal letters, metal words, metal arts, metal crafts, metal gifts, metal tool fabrication, metal foils, adornment, advertising and other metalworking industries. Metal laser cutters are suitable for carbon steel, stainless steel, tool steel, spring steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, copper, gold, silver, alloy, iron, brass, titanium, manganese, chromium, nickel, cobalt, lead and other metal materials.

The following metal materials can be cut by metal laser cutter:

Carbon Steel: The thickness of laser-cut carbon steel plate can reach 70mm, the slit of carbon steel cut by oxidation flux cutting mechanism can be controlled within a satisfactory width range, and the slit of thin plate can be narrowed to about 0.1mm.
Stainless Steel: For the manufacturing industry dominated by stainless steel sheets, the metal laser cutting machine is an effective processing method. When the laser cutting heat input is strictly controlled, the width of the heat affected zone of the trimming edge can be limited, thereby ensuring good stainless steel The corrosion-resistant type. Laser cutting stainless steel uses the energy released when the laser beam is irradiated to the surface of the steel plate to melt and evaporate the stainless steel. For the manufacturing industry that uses stainless steel sheets as the main component, laser cutting stainless steel is a fast and effective processing method. The important process parameters that affect the cutting quality of stainless steel are cutting speed, laser power, air pressure and so on.
Aluminum and alloys: Although laser cutting machines can be widely used in the processing of various metallic and non-metallic materials, some materials, such as copper, aluminum and their alloys, cause lasers due to some of their own characteristics (high reflectivity) Cutting is not easy to process. At present, the laser cutting of aluminum plates is widely used by fiber lasers. This equipment has good performance whether it is cutting aluminum or other materials.
Copper and Alloys: pure copper (purple copper) is too high reflectivity, laser cutting brass (copper alloy) should use higher laser power, auxiliary gas using air or oxygen, can cut thinner plates. Pure copper and Brass has high reflectivity and very good thermal conductivity. Pure copper and brass can only be cut when a "reflective absorption" device is installed on the system, otherwise the reflection will destroy the optical components.
Titanium and Alloys: Pure titanium can be well coupled with the heat energy converted by the focused laser beam. When the auxiliary gas uses oxygen, the chemical reaction is violent and the cutting speed is fast, but it is easy to form an oxide layer at the cutting edge, which may also cause over-burning. Therefore, the use of air as an auxiliary gas can ensure the cutting quality. Laser cutting of titanium alloys commonly used in aircraft manufacturing is better. Titanium plates are cut with nitrogen and nitrogen as processing gases.
Nickel and Alloys: also known as high-temperature alloys, there are many varieties, most of which can be laser oxidized and flux-cutting with good cuts.

The cutting thickness of different laser powers is different, higher power metal laser cutter can cut thicker metals. At present, STYLECNC's 15000W metal laser cutter has been mass-produced, and the thickness of different metals that can be cut: carbon steel cutting thickness up to 70mm; stainless steel cutting thickness up to 100mm; brass cutting thickness up to 70mm; aluminum plate cutting thickness up to 80mm.

How Many Types of Metal Laser Cutter?

Metal laser cutter is also known as laser metal cutter, laser metal cutting machine, metal laser cutting machine, laser metal cutter machine, laser metal cutting tool, laser metal cutting table, laser metal cutting equipment. Laser metal cutting machines are divided into fiber laser cutters for metal, CO2 laser cutters for metal according to laser source.

How to Choose the Best Metal Laser Cutter?

If you are working for a metalworking business, you may need a laser cutter for metal, check out the three types of metal laser cutters to fit your metal fabrication requirements:
1. Sheet metal laser cutters.
2. Laser tube cutters.
3. Dual-purpose laser cutters for sheet metal and metal tubes.

How Much Do Metal Laser Cutters Cost?

Once you have an idea to buy a cheap metal laser cutter, you may wonder how to get a fair price? According to different laser sources, laser powers, laser software, driving system, control system, spare parts, other hardwares and softwares, you will get a final metal laser cutter price range from $8,000.00 to $260,000.00. A fiber laser metal cutting machine cost is from $24,000.00 to $260,000.00. A CO2 laser metal cutting machine cost is from $8,000 to $20,000.00. If you want to buy overseas, the fee of tax, customs clearance and shipping costs should be included in the final price.

Technical Parameters

BrandSTYLECNC
ModelST-FC6040, ST-FC1390, ST-FC1325, ST-FC2060, ST-FC3015, ST-FC4020, STJ1325M, STJ1390M, STJ1610M, ST-18R
Laser TypeFiber Laser, CO2 Laser
Laser Power300W, 1000W, 1500W, 2000W, 3000W, 4000W, 6000W, 8000W, 10000W, 12000W, 15000W
ApplicationsMetal Sheets/Plates and Metal Tubes/Pipes of Stainless Steel, Tool Steel, Carbon Steel, Spring Steel, Galvanized Steel, Aluminum, Brass, Copper, Alloy, Iron, Silver, Gold, Chromium, Titanium, Cobalt, Manganese, Lead, Nickel
Price Range$8,000.00 - $260,000.00
Warranty3 years

What are the Advantages and Benefits of Metal Laser Cutting?

You can get benefits of excellent laser beam quality, high efficiency, high speed, easy operations, low cost, low maintenance, stable running, super flexible optical effects for metal laser cutting machines. Metal laser cutters are easy to flexible industrial manufacturing requirements.
1. High cutting precision and good stability: the use of precision ball screw transmission mechanism, optimized CNC system control, can meet the processing of precision parts, and the dynamic performance is stable, and it can work for a long time.
2. The cutting section is of good quality: the mechanical follow-up cutting head system is adopted, the cutting head follows the height of the plate, and the position of the cutting point is always maintained, so that the cutting seam is smooth and smooth.
3. High cost performance: For thin sheet metal cutting, it can replace CO2 laser cutting machine, CNC punching machine and shearing machine, the cost of the whole machine is equivalent to 1/4 of CO2 laser cutting machine and 1/2 of CNC punching machine.
4. Low cost of use and fast cutting speed.

How to Buy the Best Metal Laser Cutter?

1. Consult:
We will recommend the most suitable metal laser cutter to you after being informed by your requirements.
2. Quotation:
We will offer you with the detail quotation according to the consulted laser metal cutting machine. You will get the most suitable specifications, the best accessories and the affordable price.
3. Process Evaluation:
Both sides carefully evaluate all the order details (specifications, technical parameters and business terms) to exclude any misunderstanding.
4. Placing an order:
If you have no doubts, we will send the PI (Proforma Invoice) to you. Then we will sign a contract with you.
5. Production:
We will arrange the metal cutting machine production as soon as receiving your sales contract and deposit. The latest news about the production will be updated and informed to the buyer during the production.
6. Quality Control:
The whole machine production procedure will be under regular inspection and strict quality control. The complete metal cutting machine will be tested to make sure they can work well before out of factory.
7. Delivery:
We will arrange the delivery as the terms in contract after the confirmation by the laser metal cutting machine buyer.
8. Custom Clearance:
We will supply the necessary shipping documents to the metal laser cutter buyer and ensure a smooth customs clearance.
9. Support and Service:
We will offer professional metal laser cutter technical support and service by Phone, Email, Skype, WhatsApp, Online Live Chat, Remote Service. We also have door-to-door service in some areas.

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