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Affordable Laser Cutting Machines for Beginners and Professionals

Last Updated on May 09, 2024 at 20:22:00

Creating personalized wood cuts with an affordable CO2 laser cutter is every DIYer's dream. Shaping precision metal parts with an automatic CNC fiber laser cutting machine is what every industrial manufacturer wants. However, how to get your own laser machine with ease? If you are an experienced laser man, you can buy all the required parts and accessories to build it yourself. If you are new to laser, you can purchase a pre-assembled laser kit (new or used) to start cutting right away, and you can enjoy the immediate gratification of playing with a prebuild. So, where can you buy the best laser cutting machine to match your needs and budget? Look no further, here is the right place to buy top of the line for both beginners and professionals alike. At STYLECNC, you can find various most popular laser cutting table kits for every budget and need, ranging from entry-level cutters to professional cutting kits, hobby types to industrial types, home use models to commercial use models, handheld laser cutting guns to automatic CNC cutting systems, flatbed cutting tables to 3D laser cutting robots, portable cutting tools to gantry CNC cutting machines, low-power to medium-power as well as high-power options. Whether you're cutting soft leather and fabric, or hard stainless steel, there's something for everyone. Moreover, every laser is user friendly and esay to use, all picks are top-notch and budget friendly for small business owner and industrial manufacturer, just compare features and costs, and easily buy what you need.

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CO2 Laser Cutters

A CO2 laser cutter is an automatic engraving & cutting tool kit that works with a CNC or DSP controller to drive the carbon dioxide gas laser tube to emit a 1064μm laser beam to etch and cut nonmetals and metalloids. CO2 lasers can handle precision cuts from soft fabrics to hard plastics, from simple acrylic letters to complex 3D wood puzzles, as well as fine engravings on glass, crystal, stone and ceramics. User-friendly, easy to use and environmentally friendly make it your best partner in life and work. Whether you are new to lasers or an experienced professional, you'll find the perfect match at STYLECNC. Various models and types of CO2 lasers available here, ranging from low powers to high powers, entry-level to professional, hobby to industrial applications, home to commercial use, small compact cutter kits to large full-size 4x8 cutting tables. Affordable prices range from as low as $2,800 to as high as $20,000 to suit any budget.

Entry Level CO2 Hobby Laser Cutter Machine for Beginners
STJ9060
4.9 (38)
$2,800.00 - $4,000.00

CO2 hobby laser cutter machine for beginners is an entry level laser engraving & cutting system with 2x3 table kits for hobbyists, small business, home shop.
2024 Best CO2 Laser Cutter for Small Business and Home Use
STJ1390
4.8 (33)
$3,200.00 - $10,000.00

2024 best CO2 laser cutter is designed for small business, home use, and hobbyists with engraving & cutting of wood, paper, acrylic, plastic, glass, leather.
100W Laser Wood Cutting Machine on Sale with CO2 Laser Tube
STJ1390
4.8 (89)
$3,500.00 - $10,000.00

2024 top rated 100W laser wood cutting machine with CO2 laser tube is the cheapest wood laser cutter with CNC controller for beginners to engrave & cut wood.
2024 Best Acrylic Laser Cutting Machine for Sale
STJ1610
5 (82)
$3,800.00 - $12,000.00

2024 best acrylic laser cutting machine is used to cut plastics, clear and colored acrylic sheets as letters, numbers, signs, logos, patterns, arts and crafts.
Dual Head Entry Level CO2 Laser Cutter for Paper & Cardboard
STJ1390-2
4.7 (62)
$4,200.00 - $11,000.00

Dual head entry level CO2 laser cutter can cut paper, cardstock, stacked & layered cardboard for invitations, card, art, craft, sculpture, model, storage, box.
CNC Laser Cutter for Rubber Gaskets & Seals with CCD Camera
STJ1610-CCD
5 (32)
$4,500.00 - $12,700.00

CNC laser cutter with CCD camera visual recognition system for accurate cutting gaskets & seals made of rubber, neoprene, silicone, graphite, CNAF, PTFE.
2024 Best Industrial Fabric Laser Cutting Machine for Sale
STJ1630A
4.9 (31)
$9,800.00 - $10,800.00

2024 best industrial fabric laser cutting machine with large conveyor table and automatic feeding system for clothing, garment, apparel in commercial use.
2024 Mini Desktop Laser Engraver Cutting Machine for Sale
STJ6040
4.9 (67)
$2,400.00 - $2,600.00

STJ6040 desktop laser engraver (desktop laser cutter) with CO2 laser tube is a hobby laser with tabletop and benchtop design for small business or home use.
2024 Best Selling Affordable Laser Cutter for Plywood & MDF
STJ1325-4
4.9 (45)
$8,400.00 - $20,000.00

2024 best selling affordable 4x8 laser cutter with four laser heads can cut full sheet plywood, MDF to make multiple projects from 1 up to 4 at the same time.
Fabric Laser Cutter for Sublimation Printing Sportswear
STJ1610A-CCD
4.9 (29)
$9,800.00 - $10,800.00

Best budget fabric laser cutter is a vision cutting system for sportswear, activewear, cycling wear, swimwear, and sweatshirts with sublimation printing.
2024 Best Industrial Laser Foam Cutting Machine for Sale
STJ1325
4.9 (50)
$5,200.00 - $10,800.00

2024 best industrial laser foam cutting machine is used to cut EVA foam, EPS foam, XPS foam, Styrofoam, PE foam, rubber for making custom foam projects & plans.
Top Rated Commercial Laser Leather Cutting Machine for Sale
STJ1325
4.7 (62)
$5,400.00 - $7,000.00

Looking for the best commercial CO2 laser leather cutting machine to make custom or personalized leather projects? Review 2023 top rated leather laser cutter.

Fiber Laser Cutting Machines

A fiber laser cutter is an automated metal cutting machine that works with a CNC controller drived by CAM software to instruct a laser beam of 1064nm to cut out shapes and outlines from metal plates, pipes, rods and strips according to the layout file designed by CAD software to finish a metal fabrication project. It is a fine precision cutting tool for both sheet metals and tubes, as well as flat and beveled metal profiles. With a robotic arm, personalized 3D metal cuts are easily created. Non-contact cutting will not damage the substrate with smaller thermal influence of spot irradiation area. Fiber laser cutting machines are capable of cutting metals as thin as 1 mm and as thick as 200 mm, with powers ranging from 1,000 watts to 60,000 watts, and a maximum speed of more than 120 meters per minute. Fiber lasers can handle everything from hard metals (such as stainless steel, mild steel, carbon steel, spring steel, silicon steel, iron and alloy) to highly reflective metals (such as aluminum, gold, silver, copper and brass), which make them popular for both home and commercial use.

2024 Top Rated Fiber Laser Cutting Machine for Sale - 2000W
ST-FC3015E
4.9 (108)
$14,000.00 - $17,000.00

2024 top rated fiber laser cutting machine on sale at affordable price for sheet metal fabrication with different laser powers (1000W, 1500W, 2000W).
2024 Top Rated Fiber Laser Tube Cutting Machine for Sale
ST-FC60M
5 (42)
$41,000.00 - $57,000.00

2024 best fiber laser tube cutting machine is an automatic CNC metal pipe cutter to cut patterns in square, round, rectangular, oval, special shaped tubes.
2024 Cheapest 4x8 Fiber Laser Stainless Steel Cutter 1000W
ST-FC1325
4.9 (56)
$15,300.00 - $18,500.00

2024 cheapest 4x8 laser stainless steel cutting machine with 1000W fiber laser can cut metals less than 2mm aluminum, 3-4mm stainless steel, 12mm carbon steel.
2024 Best Sheet Metal Laser Cutter for Sale - 3000W To 12KW
ST-FC3015C
4.8 (76)
$32,000.00 - $80,000.00

2024 best sheet metal laser cutter is a 3000W-12000W full-size automatic CNC metal cutting machine for customizing personalized parts, signs, arts & crafts.
Mini Laser Metal Jewelry Cutter for Silver, Gold, Copper
ST-FC3030
4.8 (4)
$14,200.00 - $18,500.00

Looking for a precision laser cutter to make metal jewelry with silver, gold, copper, stainless steel? Review the mini compact laser jewelry cutter for sale.
High Speed 12KW IPG Fiber Laser Cutter for Sheet Metal
ST-FC12025GH
4.9 (59)
$145,000.00 - $315,000.00

High speed 12000W IPG fiber laser cutter is a high power laser metal cutting machine for commercial use of thick metal fabrication in industrial manufacturing.
Portable Fiber Laser Cutter for Precision Metalworking
ST-FC6040
4.9 (64)
$26,500.00 - $38,700.00

Portable fiber laser cutting machine is an automatic entry level hobby precision laser metal cutter for steel, titanium, gold, silver, aluminum, brass, copper.
Entry Level Small Metal Laser Cutter for Beginners
ST-FC1390
4.8 (10)
$26,800.00 - $38,800.00

ST-FC1390 small metal laser cutter with fiber laser generator is a compact entry level fiber laser cutting system for hobbyists and home use in small business.
Automatic Coil Fed Laser Blanking Line & Cutting System
ST-FC3015MB
4.9 (47)
$75,000.00 - $135,000.00

Need a fiber laser blanking line machine for coil fed cutting in sheet metal fabrication? Find & buy the best automatic coil fed laser blanking system in 2023.
Dual-Purpose 4KW Fiber Laser Cutter for Metal Sheet & Tube
ST-FC3015GAR
5 (55)
$53,000.00 - $380,000.00

Dual-purpose 4000W fiber laser cutting machine for sale at affordable price with dual functions to cut sheet metals, metal plates, metal tube, and metal pipes.
6000W High Power Fiber Laser Metal Cutting Machine for Sale
ST-FC4020GA
4.9 (39)
$50,000.00 - $243,000.00

6x12 high power fiber laser metal cutting machine with exchange pallet for sale with power options of 2000W, 3000W, 4KW, 6000W, 8KW, 12000W and up to 40KW.
Ultra-Large Fiber Laser Sheet Metal Cutting Table 30000W
ST-FC12025SL
4.9 (24)
$71,800.00 - $228,000.00

Ultra-large format fiber laser cutting table comes with a laser generator with 30KW power and customizable width and length for larger and thicker sheet metal.
Industrial 3D Robotic Fiber Laser Cutting Machine for Metal
ST-18R
4.4 (14)
$46,000.00 - $78,000.00

Industrial 3D robotic fiber laser cutting machine with 5 axis robot arm for 3D curved metal parts, metal tubes, auto parts, kitchenware, electronic components.
5x10 Industrial Fiber Laser Metal Cutting Machine for Sale
ST-FC3015LR
5 (60)
$42,500.00 - $78,500.00

Affordable 5x10 industrial fiber laser metal cutting machine for sale at cost price to cut both sheet metals and tubes all in one machine for metal fabrication.
3-In-1 Handheld Laser Welding, Cleaning, Cutting Machine
LCW1500
4.8 (29)
$4,700.00 - $6,800.00

3-in-1 laser welder, cleaner, cutter is a portable all-in-one laser machine with handheld laser gun for cutting & welding metal, cleaning rust, paint, coating.

Hybrid Laser Cutting Systems

A hybrid laser cutter is an affordable combined cutting system with fiber and CO2 laser generator all in one machine. With fiber lasers, it can cut thicker metals, with CO2 lasers, it is capable of cutting thick nonmetals and thin metals. A mixed laser cutting machine also refers to an automated cutter kit that uses a high-power CO2 sealed laser tube with combining beam for cutting thin metals such as steel, aluminum, brass, copper, titanium, iron, silver, gold and alloy, as well as cutting nonmetals such as plywood, wood, MDF, acrylic, plastic, fabric and leather. The hybrid laser cutting table fits 2x3, 4x4, 4x8, 5x10, and 6x12, which can be customized as your business needs. It's the best budget cutting tool for hobby use and industrial manufacturing.

Fiber & CO2 Combo Laser Cutting System for Metal & Nonmetal
ST-FC1325LC
4.9 (70)
$16,800.00 - $20,000.00

1500W fiber laser metal cutting machine combined with 150W CO2 laser cutting system is a hybrid laser cutter for metal, wood, acrylic, plastic, leather, fabric.
Metal & Nonmetal Laser Cutter with 300W CO2 Laser Tube
STJ1325M
4.7 (91)
$8,100.00 - $13,000.00

Metal & nonmetal laser cutting machine with 300W CO2 laser tube is a new designed laser cutter for stainless steel, alloy, acrylic, leather, plywood, MDF, wood.
2023 Best Metal & Nonmetal Laser Cutting Machine for Sale
STJ1610M
4.7 (26)
$7,500.00 - $12,000.00

2023 best mixed hybrid laser cutting machine STJ1610M adopts CO2 sealed laser tube, which can cut thicker nonmetals, and metal materials from 0.5mm up to 2mm.
Hobby Hybrid CO2 Laser Cutter for Metal & Nonmetal
STJ1390M
4.6 (19)
$6,800.00 - $11,500.00

STJ1390M hobby hybrid CO2 laser cutter with 280W Yongli combined beam laser tube to cut 3mm stainless steel, 4mm carbon steel, 30mm acrylic, 25mm wood.
4x8 Flatbed Laser CNC Engraving Cutting Machine for Sale
STJ1325M-2
4.7 (62)
$9,000.00 - $14,000.00

4x8 flatbed laser CNC engraving cutting machine is used to engrave and cut stainless steel, aluminum, galvanized sheet, acrylic, MDF, wood, plywood, die board.
Profitable Mixed CNC Laser Cutter Hybrid Cutting Machine
STJ1390M-2
4.9 (78)
$7,500.00 - $12,500.00

Profitable mixed CNC laser cutter hybrid cutting machine is a beneficial laser cutting system for wood, plywood, MDF, acrylic, and metals in commercial use.

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Pick Your First Laser Cutter Machine for Home or Industrial Use

2024 Best Laser Cutting Machines for Every Need

You do not need to own a big company to grab your next laser cutter. In recent years, there are many affordable options available that will allow you to grab your next cutting solution without breaking your bank. But at the same time, it is essential that you become careful about the purchase as quality matters at the end of the day. Look for a precise, reliable machine with high-quality components, and make sure you get proper training and support. Consider your specific needs and budget when selecting an automatic cutting tool kit, and choose the one that best fits your requirements. With the right smart cutting system, you can achieve your production goals without overspending. In addition, with the continuous innovation and development of Industry 4.0 and artificial intelligence, laser cutting technology will be combined with industrial robots to achieve automated and digital cutting, improving cutting speed, thickness, accuracy and quality.

In case you are looking for a trusted manufacturer & brand to purchase your next laser cutting machine at an affordable price, STYLECNC can be an excellent place to rely your trust on.

What Is A Laser Cutting Machine?

A laser cutting machine is an automatic cutter with a CNC controller kit that combines CAD/CAM software to cut through metals, metalloids and nonmetals with a CO2 or FIBER laser beam, as well as cut custom shapes, contours, and holes out of sheets and profiles to create personalized parts, signs, tags, decorations, arts, crafts, gifts, jewelries, lamps, and puzzles for hobby uses and industrial commercial uses.

A laser cutter is an automated cutting tool kit that uses a laser beam together with a smart digital cutting system to cut out patterns on metals (steel, copper, brass, aluminum, titanium, gold, silver, alloy, iron), acrylic, rubber, wood, plywood, MDF, plastic, leather, paper, foam, textile and fabric. A laser kit consists of machine base and frame, CNC controller, generator, power supply, tube, head, lens, mirror, water chiller, stepper motor or servo motor, gas cylinder, air compressor, gas storage tank, air cooling filer, dust extractor, dryer and software.

A laser cutting system is an organized collection of parts that are integrated to accomplish precision cuts for industrial manufacturing, commercial use, education, training, small business, home business, small shop, and home shop. It is a flexible cutting system compared to manual and mechanical cutting tools. It can cut a variety of materials in varying thicknesses and there is no limit to the shapes you can get. It is fast to program and any changes can be applied at any stage of manufacturing at almost no additional cost and time. It features with high precision, excellent trimming quality and no deformation of parts. It is the best solution for modularization and automation in the manufacturing cycle.

How Does A Laser Beam Cutting Machine Work?

Laser beam is a type of light from the transition of atoms (molecules or ions). However, it is different from ordinary light in that it depends on spontaneous radiation only for a very short period of time. The subsequent process is completely determined by the excitation radiation, so it has a very pure color, almost no divergence direction, and extremely high luminous intensity, and high coherence.

It is an automated process that uses high-power and high-density energy from a focused light beam to melt and vaporize metal, wood, acrylic, plastic, fabric, leather, foam, and other materials, resulting in a precision kerf.

With the CNC controller, the generator outputs a high-frequency to make a beam with a certain frequency and pulse width. The beam is transmitted and reflected through the optical path and focused by the focusing lens group. A tiny, high-energy-density light spot is formed on the surface of the part, the focal point is located near the surface to be cut, and the material melts or vaporizes at an instant high temperature. Each pulse shoots a small hole in the substrate. With the computer numerical controller, the head and the substrate perform continuous relative movement and dotting according to the designed file, so as to cut the substrate into the desired shape. The technological parameters (cutting speed, power, gas pressure) 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. The beam emitted by the generator is focused by the optical path system into a beam of high-power density. The beam is irradiated onto the surface of the part to bring the part to a melting point or boiling point, while the high-pressure gas coaxial with the beam blows away the molten or vaporized material. As the beam moves relative to the part, the material is slit finally, thereby achieving the purpose of cutting. Different powers can cut different projects with different thickness. Generally speaking, higher power for thicker part. You should make the appropriate choice according to your requirements.

What Are Laser Cutting Systems Used For?

They are the most common automatic cutting tools used in a wide range of applications inlcluding personalization (customization), digital printing, medical technology, fab labs, education, architectural models, smart phones and laptops, computers & electronics, toys, watches, arts & crafts, awards, trophies, rubber stamps, packaging design, die cut, mold making, signs making, displays making, giveaways, electronics industry, automotive industry, signage, mechanical engineering, ball bearing, jewelry making, fashion & apparel fabrics, stencils, paper cards, car floor mats & liners, textile and garment industry, bar code serial numbers, watches, machining industry, data plates industry, packaging industry.

What Material Is Best To Laser Cut?

Fiber lasers are able to cut variety of metal materials (sheet metals, metal tube, metal profile, 3D curved metals and irregular metals) of carbon steel, stainless steel, mild steel, tool steel, spring steel, galvanized steel, aluminum, copper, gold, silver, alloy, titanium, iron, brass, manganese, chromium, nickel, cobalt, lead, and more metals.

CO2 lasers are able to cut variety of thin metal and non-metal materials of wood, MDF, plywood, chipboard, acrylic, plastic, PMMA, leather, fabric, cardboard, paper, rubber, depron foam, woodleather, wood paper, EPM, gator foam, polyester (PES), polyethylene (PE), polyurethane (PUR), neoprene, textile, bamboo, ivory, carbon fibers, beryllium oxide, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyvinyl butyrale (PVB), polytetrafluoroethylenes (PTFE / Teflon), phenolic or epoxy resins, and any materials with halogens (fluorine, astatine, iodine, chlorine, bromine).

Technical Parameters

BrandSTYLECNC
TypesFiber Laser, CO2 Laser
Laser Wavelength10.6 μm, 1064 nm
Powers80W, 100W, 130W, 150W, 180W, 300W, 1000W, 1500W, 2000W, 3000W, 4000W, 6000W, 10000W, 12000W, 15000W, 20000W, 30000W, 40000W, 60000W
Table Sizes2' x 3', 2' x 4', 4' x 4', 4' x 8', 5' x 10', 6' x 12'
Axis3 Axis, 4th Axis (Rotary Axis), 4 Axis, 5 Axis
Cutting MaterialsMetals (Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel, Tool Steel, Galvanized Steel, Spring Steel, Copper, Brass, Aluminum, Gold, Silver, Iron, Titanium, Chromium, Alloy, Manganese, Cobalt, Nickel, Lead), Wood, MDF, Plywood, Chipboard, Acrylic, Plastic, Fabric, Leather, Jeans, Paper, Cardborad, ABS, PE, EPM, PES, PVB, PUR, PVC, PTFE, PMMA.
Cutting SoftwareLaserCut, CypCut, RDWorks, LaserWeb, EZCAD, CypOne, Laser GRBL, EzGraver, SolveSpace, Inkscape, LightBurn, Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Archicad, AutoCAD.
ApplicationsIndustrial Manufacturing, School Education, Small Businesses, Home Business, Small Shop, Home Shop, Hobbyists.
Price Range$2,600 - $1000,000

How Much Does A Laser Cutter Cost?

If you're looking to start your business with a used or new cutting tool to make money, you may wonder how does it cost? and what is the average cost in your area? The best budget laser cutters cost around $2,600, with the most expensive costing up to $300,000, excluding the price of shipping, tax rates, customs clearance, service, and technical support. Costs depend on the brand and type, and whether you want any extra features, including personalized design, custom table size, generator and power, rotary attachment, controller, software, parts, accessories, upgrades, setup, debugging, and other special features. Here are the average costs list in 2024.

A fiber laser cutting machine typically costs anywhere from $14,000 to 1000,000. The prices for CO2 laser cutters vary between $2,600 and 20,000 on average. A mixed hybrid cutting system starts at $6,800 and climb as high as $32,500. You can purchase a variety of options and add-ons appropriate for your business, starting at around $10 for consumable parts & accessories, and going up to $36,000 for high-power fiber laser generators.

From entry-level to high-end or eco-friendly types, the costs vary depending on the types & powers you choose.

The inexpensive entry-level laser cutting kits range in price from $2,600 to $5,600, starting with an 80W CO2 glass tube for beginners, enthusiast, hobby, home use, small business, while some high-end cutting machines are as expensive as $1000,000 with 60000W IPG fiber power supply for industrial metal fabrication.

The best value laser cutting tool is priced from $3,000 to $10,800 with CO2 laser power options of 80 watts, 100 watts, 130 watts, 150 watts, 180 watts for plywood, MDF, bamboo, fabric, leather, acrylic, fabric, and foam.

The affordable laser sheet metal cutter cost starts at $6,800 with 300W power, while some precision models are priced from $14,000 to $1000,000 with power options of 1000 watts, 1500 watts, 2000 watts, 3000 watts, 4000 watts, 6000 watts, 10000 watts, 12000 watts, 15000 watts, 20000 watts, 30000 watts, 40000 watts and 60000 watts.

The professional laser tube cutting system costs around $50,000 with CNC controller for any types of metal tubing.

All-in-one laser sheet metal and tube cutters for sale from $42,500 to $116,000 for dual-purpose commercial use with automation.

An automatic 5 axis laser cutting robot ranges from $49,000 to $83,500 for flexible 3D dynamic metal cut of multi-angle and multi-dimensional in industrial manufacturing.

Pick Up Your Budget

TypesMinimum PriceMaximum PriceAverage Price
Entry Level$2,600$5,200$3,980
Hobby$3,280$7,500$5,210
Enthusiast$3,960$8,800$6,380
Professional$5,900$16,800$9,120
Commercial$7,800$23,200$12,300
Industrial$9,600$61,500$15,600
Enterprise$12,700$300,000$18,900
CO2$2,800$20,000$6,720
Fiber$14,000$1000,000$32,600
Wood$3,200$18,000$5,180
Acrylic$3,800$8,000$5,600
Fabric$6,500$12,000$8,100
Foam$5,200$10,800$6,900
Metal$6,500$1000,000$10,250

How Many Types of Laser Cutting Machines?

Laser cutting machines are classified into fiber and CO2 laser machines based on different light sources. Depending on various styles and appearances, they are identified into handheld, portable, mini, small, tabletop, benchtop and desktop. The most popular cutting tables include 2x3, 2x4, 4x4, 4x8, 5x10, 6x12 based on the workbench sizes. Before buying, take some measurements of your workshop space to ensure that it will fit, and buy the right table kit. The most common cutting systems are divided into 3 axis, 4th axis (rotary axis), 4 axis, 5 axis and 3D robotic types. According to industry applications, you can meet flatbed cutting tables, tube cutters, home cutting tools, hobby cutting kits, die cutters, profile cutting machines, and industrial cutting systems. In terms of cutting materials, you can define them as cutters for metal, wood, fabric, leather, paper, acrylic, plastic, foam, paper and more.

How To DIY A Laser Cutter Kit?

As a DIYer, when you have an idea to build & make a laser kit, you should first understand its structural composition. A complete kit consists of core components such as generator, cutting head, beam transmission components, working table, CNC controller, and cooling system.

Laser Generator

It is a component that generates a beam. Fiber is professional for all types of sheet metals and metal tubes. CO2 is economical for wood, plastic, acrylic, fabric, leather, foam, and thin metals.

Cutting Head

It is composed of a nozzle, a focusing lens and a focusing tracking system.

Cutting Nozzle

There are three common types of nozzles in the market, including parallel, converging, and conical.

Focusing Lens

Focus the energy of the beam and form a high energy density spot. The medium and long focusing lens is suitable for thick plate, and has low requirements on the spacing stability of the tracking system. The short focusing lens is only suitable for thin sheet, which requires high spacing stability of the tracking system and greatly reduces the output power requirements.

Focus Tracking System

The focus tracking system is composed of an auto focus cutting head and a tracking sensor system. The cutting head is composed of mechanical adjustment parts, air blowing system, light guide system, and water-cooling system. The sensor consists of amplification control part and sensing element. There are two types of tracking systems, one is an inductive sensor tracking system (also known as a contact tracking system), the other is the capacitive sensor tracking system (also known as the non-contact tracking system).

Beam Delivery Components

The main component of the beam delivery assembly is the refractive mirror, which is used to direct the beam in the desired direction. The reflector is usually protected by a protective cover, and a clean positive pressure protective gas is introduced to protect the lens from contamination.

Cutting Table

The table is composed of the bed frame and the driving part, which is used to realize the mechanical part of the X, Y, Z axis movement.

CNC Controller

A CNC controller is used to control the movement of X, Y and Z axes, and set cutting parameters such as power and speed.

Cooling System

A cooling system refers to a water chiller, which is used to cool the machine. For example, the electro-optical conversion rate is 33%, and about 67% of the electric energy is converted into heat energy. In order to ensure the normal operation of the equipment, the chiller needs to be cooled by water to reduce the temperature of the whole machine.

Assemble

After researching and buying the parts and accessories, the rest job is to assemble the kit and debug the software and hardware. The operation and cutting quality of the machine are directly related to the material, generator, gas, air pressure and the parameters you set. Please set the parameters carefully according to your process requirements. Improper parameter setting and operation may result in reduced effect, damage to the cutting head or other machine parts, or even personal injury.

How To Use A Laser Cutter Machine for Beginners?

Laser cutting is a non-contact subtractive manufacturing technology to cut materials in small business and industrial manufacturing applications. The working principle is to guide the output of a high-power focused pro laser beam to melt the material so that the edge has a high-quality surface finish. The industrial-grade maintenance-free laser beam cutting system has outstanding technical advantages, ultra-low power consumption, reduced operating costs, and repeatable and accurate positioning performance, which sets a new benchmark for the cutting of complex patterns and establishes a new standard for process quality inspection.

Before starting, you should do the following preparations:

First, we should check all the connections of the machine (including power supply, PC and exhaust system) are correct and inserted correctly. Visually check the condition of the machine. Ensure that all mechanisms move freely, and check that there is no material under the processing table. Ensure that the work area and optical components are clean, and clean if necessary. For more information on this issue, please read the "General Maintenance" section of the operation manual. Check the exhaust system and start the cooling system if necessary. Check whether the filter and activated carbon of the exhaust system are installed in accordance with the instructions. After checking, close the protective cover.

Next, press the main switch to turn on the main power of the machine. Turn the key switch on the control panel. This is machine-specific and not relevant to all lasers. If all the covers fixed with safety circuit breakers are closed, the system will start to quote after startup. After turning on the machine, the table will move all the way down while the pro cutting head moves to the zero position (located in the upper left corner). When there is a sound and the LED light flashes slowly and steadily, the reference process has been completed correctly and the machine is ready to start operation.

After all preparations are finished, do as the easy-to-follow operation steps:

Step 1. Place the raw material to be cut steadily on the table;

Step 2. According to the material and thickness of the raw material to be cut, adjust the system cutting parameters of the equipment correspondingly;

Step 3. Choose suitable nozzles and lenses, and inspect them to make sure their appearance and cleanliness are intact;

Step 4. Repeatedly debug the equipment and adjust the focus point of the cutting head to a suitable position;

Step 5. Check and adjust the nozzle of the equipment and adjust it to the center;

Step 6. Adjust and calibrate the sensor of the cutting head;

Step 7. According to your own working needs, select a suitable gas, and check whether the jet is in good condition;

Step 8. Try cutting the raw material to be cut, and observe whether the section is smooth and the cutting accuracy is accurate. If there is a deviation, adjust the equipment parameters accordingly until the proofing meets the requirements;

Step 9. Draw and typeset the graphics to be cut, and import them into the cutting system;

Step 10. Adjust the position of the cutting head. You can start working after all preparations are done;

Step 11. During the operation, the staff needs to be present at the scene to observe the working condition of the equipment, and if there is an emergency, they need to quickly press the brake button;

Step 12. When the equipment is stopped, always clean the guide rails, wipe the rack of the equipment, and often apply lubricating oil on the guide rails to ensure that there is no debris;

Step 13. The motor ring should be cleaned frequently to ensure the normal operation of the machine and accurate cutting, so as to ensure the quality;

Step 14. The staff must use a vacuum cleaner to suck away the dust and debris from the machine every week to ensure the cleanliness of the equipment;

Step 15. To ensure the service life of the machine, it is necessary to check the straightness and verticality of its track every six months, and if any abnormality is found, it must be maintained and debugged in time.

How To Choose An Affordable Laser Cutting Machine?

When you have the idea of buying a laser cutting machine, there are many things to consider. Let's make a detailed purchasing plan for you.

Planning Your Laser-cut

First of all, you need to consider some factors such as the scale of your business, what materials you need to cut, how thick the materials are, and then confirm the power supply and the size of the workbench according to your own needs. Currently, the laser powers in the market range from 80 watts to 40,000 watts, and the table size can be customized according to your requirements.

Researching Manufacturers & Makers

If you confirm your needs, you can go to do research on it. Maybe you can learn from your peers, and understand the machine functions and basic parameters. Select a few powerful manufacturers with favorable prices to conduct preliminary exchanges and proofing, and then conduct on-site investigations in the later stage, and conduct more detailed discussions on prices, online and offline training, and after-sales services.

Generator Selection

If you need to cut sheet metal and metal tubes, a fiber laser generator is the best choice, which includes some well-renowned brands such as IPG, JPT, Raycus, and MAX. If you want to engrave and cut wood, acrylic, leather, fabric, A CO2 glass laser tube is the right solution, which includes some world famous brands such as RECI and YONGLI.

Power Requirements

When researching the cutting ability, you need to consider the watts of the power supply. If you cut thin sheets, you can choose a lower power supply to meet your cut. The material with higher thickness need to consider higher power supply, which is beneficial for enterprises to control costs.

Choosing Parts & Accessories

The core parts should be paid special attention when purchasing, especially generator, cutting head, servo motor, guide rail, water chiller, and some accessories. These parts will affect the cutting speed and accuracy of the machine.

Choosing Software & Controller

In order to make the machine easy to use, an user-friendly controller and powerful CAD/CAM software based on Windows and macOS are indispensable. Some of them are free with simple functions, while paid software is more professional for your business. All depends on your business needs.

Quality & Stability Assurance

Today's products are being updated faster and faster. Due to the short product development cycle, there are more product diversity, sample trial production, and mass production. How to complete customer orders with quality and quantity, enhance corporate competition, and maintain corporate reputation is also every time. Therefore, the purchase of processing equipment with stable functions is the condition and foundation. Try to choose a brand with a high market share, a sound after-sales service system, a large number of after-sales service outlets, and a long-term shopping mall inspection. Greedy to buy low-quality products with low prices and no after-sales service, this will have a great negative impact on the processing of enterprises.

After-Sales Service & Support

Each manufacturer's after-sales service is different, and the warranty period is also intertwined. For hardware and software, there must be a professional training system to help customers get started as soon as possible. No matter how well a machine is made, it will encounter various problems in the process of use. If customers encounter problems that cannot be solved, it is particularly important whether the maker can provide solutions in a timely manner. This is also an important thing to consider when purchasing.

Purchasing Process Flow

Consult, quotation, process evaluation, placing an order, production, quality control, shipping, custom clearance, support and service.

Is A Laser Cutter Worth It?

A CO2 laser cutter machine is suitable for customers with tight budget, which is priced from $3,000 to $16,000, and features with low investment cost, less consumption of wearing parts and short payback period. However, while considering the price, you should also care about the value it brings. In other words, its capabilities and profitability determine whether it is worth investing in.

A CO2 laser machine is easy to use with CNC automation, which is used to DIY profitable crafts, gifts and artworks. It's a great partner to help you start a customization business at Amazon, or sell personalized laser cuts at Etsy to make money, it's worth buying anyway.

However, is it worth investing in an expensive fiber laser cutting machine? How profitable is it? Most companies or individuals may worry about whether it is worth its price when purchasing. The cheapest fiber laser machine starts at $15,000, and the most expensive one costs as much as $1,000,000. How long will it take to recoup its investment cost, and how much profit can it bring to me in a year?

If your business volume is sufficient, you can quickly recoup the investment cost, while most companies buy it for their own internal processing, with relatively small volume, and the cost recovery will be slow.

Let's take external processing as an example. At present, the average profit of external laser machining is between 50% and 60%. If the average outsourcing cost is $5,000 per month, the annual cost is $60,000. If you own a fiber laser, excluding one month's cost and the same processing volume, the cost is about $2,500 ($5,000 * 0.5). According to this calculation, you can save $30,000 in cost reduction over the course of a year. In this way, a 6000W high-power fiber laser machine can recover its cost in about one year.

The service life of fiber laser generators is up to 100,000 hours but is limited. It's impossible to keep using it without any cost. You can calculate after-usage and pre-usage costs. Calculate the change in profit after using the machine, after subtracting the investment cost.

Pros & Cons

Laser cutting is one of the thermal cutting methods, which can do vaporization, fusion and oxygen cutting, dicing and controlled fracture. It has replaced the traditional mechanical cutters with invisible beams. It has advantages of high speed, high precision, high quality, low machining cost, automatic typesetting, smooth cut edges for any shapes and designs. It is an upgrade to traditional cutting tools. In addition to the advantages, it also has its own shortcomings and limitations.

Pros

The mechanical part of the cutting head has no contact with the part, and it will not scratch the surface of the part during operation.

The cutting speed is fast, the slit is smooth and flat, generally no subsequent cutting is required.

The heat affected zone is small, the sheet deformation is small, which is used for precision fine cutting.

Low cost of use without consumables, which is beneficial for makers to reduce manufacturing costs.

The slit has no mechanical stress, no shear burr. It is high precision, good repeatability, does not damage the surface of the material with smooth cut edge.

Using a computerized numerical control (CNC) unit that accepts cutting data from a computer-aided design (CAD) workstation.

Working with CNC programming, which can cut any plan, and the whole large format part without molding.

Cons

Since it is thermal cutting, in the process of multi-layer cutting, the edge part is easy to stick, which has a great impact on the quality.

Due to the short wavelength of the laser, it is easy to cause damage to human eyes. Users can choose to wear special protective glasses to reduce injuries.

Due to the thin incision of the fiber laser, the gas consumption is large (especially when working with nitrogen).

Since the CO2 laser tube is made of glass, improper handling will cause it to break.

Care & Maintenance

A laser cutting machine should be regularly maintained to ensure the cutting speed, accuracy, and quality, and extend its service life. You should form the 10 good work habits listed below.

Before starting the machine every day, carefully check the pressure of the working gas and cutting gas. If the gas pressure is not enough, it should be replaced in time.

Check whether the zero points of X axis, Y axis, and Z-axis, laser ready state and other buttons are damaged.

Check whether the zero point, limit switch, and travel block mounting screws of the X axis, Y axis, and Z axis are loose, and whether the limit switches of each axis are sensitive.

Check whether the circulating water level in the chiller is sufficient. If it is insufficient, it must be replenished in time.

Check whether there is leakage of the circulating water in the external optical path, and the leakage must be dealt with in time, otherwise the life of the optical lens will be affected.

After working every day, check the lens of the focusing lens for damage.

Check whether the telescopic skin cavity of the outer optical path is burnt or damaged.

The waste should be cleaned up in time, the workplace should be cleaned up, and the workplace should be kept clean and tidy. At the same time, do a good job of cleaning the equipment to ensure that all parts of the equipment are clean and free of stains, and no debris can be placed in each part of the equipment.

After the daily work is completed, open the drain valve of the air storage tank at the bottom of the air compressor to drain water, and close the drain valve after the waste water is discharged.

After the daily work is completed, shut down according to the shutdown steps, and then turn off the main power of the entire machine.

Cautions & Warnings

A beginner or professional should operate the laser cutting machine under the guidance of the instructions and the safety tips in the user manual to avoid accidents. You must follow the listed 18 safety rules.

You should clean the dirt on the bed frame and guide rails every day.

The user must strictly abide by the safety operation rules.

The operator must consult all the manuals provided with the machine, be familiar with the structure and performance of the equipment, and master the relevant knowledge of the operating system.

Wear labor protection equipment as required, and wear protective glasses that meet the regulations near the beam.

Do not process the material until it is determined whether the material can be irradiated or heated to avoid the potential danger of fumes and vapors.

When the machine is started, the operator shall not leave the post or be managed by the trustee without authorization.

Keep the fire extinguisher within easy reach. Turn off the laser or shutter when not working. Do not place paper, cloth or other flammable materials near an unprotected beam.

If an abnormality is found during the processing, the machine should be stopped immediately, and the fault should be eliminated or reported to the supervisor in time.

Keep the generator, bed and surrounding sites clean, orderly and free of oil. Workpieces, plates and scraps are stacked according to regulations.

When using gas cylinders, avoid squeezing wires, water pipes and air pipes to avoid leakage of electricity, water and air. The use and transportation of gas cylinders shall comply with gas cylinder regulations. Do not expose gas cylinders to direct sunlight or near heat sources. When opening the bottle valve, the operator must stand on the side of the bottle mouth.

Before turning on the power of the chiller, check the water level of the chiller. It is strictly forbidden to turn on the chiller when there is no water or the water level is too low to avoid damage to the water cooling equipment. It is strictly forbidden to squeeze or step on the water inlet and outlet pipes of the chiller to keep the water passages unblocked.

The beam will cause burns when it irradiates the human skin. Staring into a beam for extended periods of time can cause serious damage to the retina of the eye. Operators must wear goggles.

The equipment will generate a lot of smoke and dust when cutting certain plates, so the outlet pipe of the fan should be led to the outside, or an air purification device should be installed. In addition, operators should wear dust masks to prevent the occurrence of occupational diseases.

When the temperature is below 0 °C for a long time, the cooling water in the water cooler, laser and water pipeline should be drained to prevent the cooling water from freezing when the temperature is too low, causing damage to equipment and pipelines.

Check the protective lens inside the cutting head once a day. When the collimating mirror or focusing mirror needs to be disassembled, record the disassembly process. Pay special attention to the installation direction of the lens and do not install it wrong.

Turn off the air source and power supply when off work, and the residual air belt in the machine pipeline should be emptied at the same time. If you leave the machine for a long time, please turn off the power to prevent unprofessional operation.

Pay attention to observe whether there is lubricating oil on the surface of the horizontal and longitudinal guide rails and the frame of the machine, and maintain good lubrication.

If there is an automatic height adjustment device, check whether it is sensitive and whether to replace the probe.

Buyer's Guide

When buying a laser cutter, it's important to focus on technical features to ensure that the machine meets your needs. Key technical features to consider include power, cutting area, resolution, and software compatibility. Laser power determines the type and thickness of materials the cutter can handle, while the cutting area refers to the size of the working area. Resolution determines the level of detail and precision the cutter can achieve. It's also important to ensure that the cutter is compatible with the software you plan to use. Price is another important factor to consider when buying a laser cutting machine. The cost can vary depending on its technical specifications and the brand. It's important to balance cost with the machine's capabilities and reliability to ensure that you are getting good value for your money. By considering these technical features, you can make an informed decision when choosing a laser cutter kit & cutting system that will meet your specific needs and requirements.


Why STYLECNC?

STYLECNC is a leading manufacturer of high-quality laser cutting machines. With years of experience in the industry, STYLECNC is committed to delivering cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions to its customers.

Whether you need to cut metal, plastic, or other materials, the brand has a machine that can handle the job. In addition to its top-of-the-line machines, the enterprise offers exceptional customer support and service. The company's team of experts is available to answer any questions and provide assistance to ensure that your machine is running at its best.

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Daryl Saxton
From United States
5 out of 5

Package came slightly damaged but the laser metal cutter machine is in good condition. STYLECNC support did a outstanding job of taking care of any of the issues I encountered. I've had the laser for three weeks and it works great. I'm using it to cut stainless steel kitchen utensils, cookware and bakeware, and all the metal parts involved in the fabrication, resulting in smoother and cleaner cuts than plasma cutting. Not an inexpensive option when you factor the cost of the unit, consumables, power to run it, the air compressor, industrial water chiller, and the working gases needed, but time is money, and this fiber laser is the right cutting tool if you're working on much more cuts. We will see how long it holds out for. All in all, I would definitely do business with STYLECNC in the future.

Apr 08, 2024
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Samuel
From Sweden
5 out of 5

This fiber laser cutter is most likely the greatest thing I have ever purchased it fits perfectly in my livingroom (Wife doesn't like it there but I say its my house). I've been using it for about a month and cannot stop using it. I've started running out of metal to use basically everything in my house is made of metal my phone case is even metal. Metal is my life its my muse I cannot stop lasering my wife has threatend me of getting divorce but I don't care im going to make a metal wife, a wife that doesn't care about you shaving down there. I hate my wife and I'm going to make a better one. After that she will probably take the kids but that doesn't bother me I have a CNC laser metal cutting machine I can make new children if I want to.

Apr 02, 2024
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Bonn Fletcher
From United Kingdom
5 out of 5
The STJ1390-2 is an excellent paper cutting tool kit for anyone in need of precise cuts on most papers as well as wood and acrylic. The high definition CO2 laser ensures that every cut is crisp and clean, even on intricate designs. The machine is plug and play, and easy to use, with a simple interface that allows for customization of cut settings. The included software is easy to learn and setup, user-friendly and seamless for beginners, and versatile for any paper cuts, with options for creating and editing your own designs. Overall, the STJ1390-2 is a reliable and efficient paper cutter for any crafting or business needs, and will be your best partner, saving you time and money.
Feb 05, 2024

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