All you need to know about investing in a laser cutting machines for your new business
A laser cutting system is an essential tool for sheet metal shops that specialise in detailed cuts on a variety of different metals and thicknesses. If properly utilised, a laser cutting system can increase the accuracy, speed and quality of the results.
In addition to these benefits, using this level of technology can increase the variety and specialisation of the products, templates or prototypes you create.
Versatility: From stainless steel to aluminum, titanium to wood, different materials require different techniques for cutting and forming. A desktop laser cutter posses the ability to handle a wide range of materials at varying degrees of thickness will allow you to take on many different jobs, increasing your shop’s capabilities and improving overall business. No matter what kind of sheet metal fabrication the customer needs, you will have the tools required to produce expert results.
Increased Productivity: A machine with dual pallets, for example, gives workers the ability to multitask. Laser systems with features that can correct errors before they occur are also helpful in increasing productivity, as more accurate parts are created and mistakes are kept to a minimum.
Quality Results: With the detailed precision and spot-on accuracy produced by advanced laser systems, you can provide your customers with quality, intricate and detailed results. Your final products will fit more securely, and if the part you are working on is a replacement piece, it will be more compatible with the existing materials. The ability to control the power of the laser allows for consistent results, while enhanced pulsing techniques ensure smooth edges. By effectively using a laser cutting system, you will reduce the margin of error in your cuts, resulting in a finished product that looks, fits and functions better.
Safety Features: Safety should be a number one priority when working closely with powerful lasers for sheet metal fabrication. When introducing an advanced laser cutting machine into your shop, be sure that all users and workers are well-trained on a proper and safe operation, as well as appropriate maintenance to keep the machine running smoothly and safely.
So how much will one cost?
Well it will set you back quite a bit if you’re a relatively small business but you can buy them on finance with monthly plans. This way you can use the profit you make from the work to pay off the machine, but the exact price of the unit will depend on the specification you require. Some models are designed to be entry level systems, and for small lightweight products you perhaps don’t need to spend a fortune, however more specialist products will require better systems, and the faster you want it to work, the more you will have to pay. That said, you should do your homework first and get a feel for the type of laser cutter you require. Spending big will not always guarantee you the best system for your needs, so do think carefully about what you will be using it for, and how often you’ll be using it in your workshop or factory.