While laser and CNC plasma cutters can both slice through a variety of different materials with ease, they do so with distinctly unique processes. Is one better than the other? That depends on your business needs and your budget. Entrepreneurs weighed in on the pros and cons of each below.
Jessica Martin from Rockholder.co.uk.
Plasma for Thicker Materials Using Slower Speed; Lasers for Thin Materials In Much Faster Speed
The two most common types of cutting machines are plasma cutting machines and laser cutting machines. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so before choosing which one is best for your needs, it’s critical to understand the differences.
Plasma-cutting machines use a high-powered plasma torch to cut through metal. The plasma is created by superheating a gas, usually nitrogen or argon, and then funneling it through a small opening. The plasma is so hot that it can easily cut through metal. Plasma-cutting machines are great for cutting thick materials, but they can be slower than laser-cutting machines. They’re also not as precise, so they’re not ideal for cutting intricate designs.
Laser-cutting machines use a focused beam of light to cut through metal. The laser beam is created by amplifying light with mirrors and lenses. Laser-cutting machines are much faster than plasma-cutting machines and can cut through thinner materials. Laser-cutting machines are great for cutting intricate designs and are much more precise than plasma-cutting machines. However, they can be more expensive and are not as good at cutting thick materials.
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