Fiber laser cutting machines have become an essential tool in the metal processing industry. These machines are precise, fast, and can cut different types of metals with ease. However, choosing the right fiber laser cutting machine can be overwhelming as there are various makes and models. In this buying guide, we’ll discuss the factors to consider when choosing a fiber laser cutting machine.
In the field of laser processing, lasers are usually divided into CO2 lasers, YAG lasers, and fiber lasers. With the advancement of technology, fiber lasers play an increasingly important role in the metal processing and cutting industry, and their laser light can be absorbed by metal materials. The cutting efficiency of fiber laser cutting machine equipment combined with a fiber laser and machine tools is much higher than other metal cutting equipment. Not only can it cut metal very finely, but it can cut very quickly. So how should we choose a fiber laser cutting machine?
1. Laser source power and brand
The most important accessory of a laser cutting machine is the laser source, which is the main factor determining the price. A good brand laser source has a long service life and high stability. At present, the mainstream laser source brands on the market include IPG, Raycus, and Max. Choosing a good laser source can make the life of the equipment longer.
We know that the greater the laser power, the thicker the cutting thickness. Aluminum, copper, carbon steel, alloy, stainless steel, or other metals, different materials, and thickness will determine different laser power, we also need to determine the cutting material and thickness and choose the most suitable laser power.
2. Cutting size
Consider the size of the material you plan to cut before purchasing a fiber laser cutter. Most machines come with a standard cutting bed size of 1.5m x 3m. However, if you plan to cut larger sheets of metal, then purchase a machine with a larger cutting area.
The fiber laser cutting machine has a high-precision 600*900mm size for jewelry cutting, etc. There are also commonly used metal cutting sizes 1500*3000mm, 2000*4000mm, 2000*6000mm, etc. We need to choose a suitable size. Our ZLTECH company can provide size customization services according to your requirements.
3. Machine type
There are many types of fiber laser cutting machines, including metal sheet fiber laser cutting machines, metal pipe fiber laser cutting machines, metal sheet and pipe cutting fiber laser machines, automatic loading and unloading fiber laser cutting machine, automatic coiling fiber laser cutting machine, belt Exchange, fiber laser cutting machine with the large surrounding platform, etc. Therefore, please determine your product needs before making a purchase.
4. Cutting speed and precision
Cutting speed is an essential factor when choosing a fiber laser cutter. The speed of the machine depends on its power and cutting area size. A high-powered machine can cut faster than a low-powered one. Consider the type of workload you have and choose a machine that meets your production speed requirements.
Accuracy is crucial when cutting metals using a fiber laser cutter. The accuracy depends on various factors such as software, machine construction, and quality of the laser beam source. Always purchase from reputable brands that guarantee accurate cuts.
5. Machine quality
Nowadays, product updates are getting faster and faster. Choosing a fiber laser cutting machine with stable performance is the top priority to ensure the purchaser’s cost and improve efficiency. Lasers, cutting heads, systems, and water coolers are the main factors that determine the price of fiber laser cutting machines. Every detail in the manufacturing process, the weight and stability of the bed, and the quality of the gantry will affect the life of the equipment and the cutting effect. Buyers can choose a machine with reasonable configuration and high-cost performance according to their budget.
In short, use cost, service life, later maintenance cost, installation cost, and after-sales cost are also very important factors, which should be considered comprehensively. For example, if we use oxygen to cut carbon steel, what is the daily consumption? What is the price of oxygen now? How long does it take to install the machine? If there is a problem with the machine, can I solve it quickly? These are part of the procurement cost. Be sure to research different makes and models before purchasing. Choose a machine that meets your production needs and fits your budget.