Laser cutting metal is nothing new, but recently it’s becoming more and more accessible to the average hobbyist.
In short, a laser is a focused beam of light, concentrating a lot of energy on a very small area. When this happens, material in front of a laser will burn, melt, or vaporize, making a hole.
Every material has its limitations and benefits when comes to a laser cutting metal. For instance, you may think that a laser can cut through anything, but that’s simply not the case.
In this age of CNC machines, laser cutting metal machine are still too expensive for the average hobbyist. You can buy low-power machines (less than 100 W) fairly cheaply, but these will hardly scratch a metal surface。
A laser cutting metal machine has to use at least 300 W, which will run you up to at least $10,000. In addition to price, metal cutting machines additionally require gas — usually oxygen — for cutting.Less powerful CNC machines, for engraving or cutting wood or plastic, can go from $100 all the way up to a few thousand dollars, depending on how powerful you want them to be.
Another difficulty with owning a laser cutting metal machine is its size. Most devices capable of cutting through metal require the kind of space only available in a workshop.
Nevertheless, lasers cutting machines are getting cheaper and smaller every day, so we can probably expect desktop laser cutters for metal in the next few years.Whatever you decide, keep in mind that laser cutters are not toys, especially if they can cut metal. They can seriously injure you or cause serious damage to your property.
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