- What type of laser do I need?
- How much will it cost?
- Why should I use a Ceramic Core CO2 laser?
- How long do they last?
- What is the right size laser for my job?
- Why should I consider lasers for my shop?
- Are lasers safe?
This depends a lot on what you are trying to accomplish and other requirements that will need to be identified. CO2 lasers in the 30 to 250 watt range, are great for a variety of cutting, marking, engraving and converting applications. Please contact the factory to find out more about what your specific application is and if our lasers are suitable. If not, we will be happy to point you in the right direction.
CO2 lasers are the least expensive variety of laser manufactured today. A small CO2 laser (30 watts) will cost roughly $4,000.00 for the tube itself. You will also need a small DC power supply and some control electronics to fire the laser. Your process will likely require optics, motion and other automation that will need to be considered.
Ceramic core technology has advantage over glass and metal tube design. There are advantages in gas lifetime, since we have no metal components in contact with the active gas. Ceramic also have lower thermal expansion compared to metal tubes resultng in better laser stability.
Iradion’s patented Ceramic Core CO2 laser are intended to last for many years without any required maintenance or service. Individual usage/applications may vary but our lasers should be worry free for 5 years or longer.
Choosing the appropriate laser for an application requires multiple variables that need to be addressed. These include but not limited to budget, throughput, physical size and weight constraints etc. As you would expect, the more power that a laser will emit goes hand in hand with cost, size and processing rate.
C02 lasers are used cost effectively in a wide variety of applications. Lasers are literally a blade that never dulls and it never applies any force to the substrate it is processing. While the initial costs of blades, inks, stamps, labels etc may be low, the often overlooked costs of consumables, preventative maintenance and scrap easily outweigh the initial machine costs of the laser.
Contrary to what is often depicted on TV or in the movies, lasers are a simple tool that when handled appropriately are very safe. Low power CO2 lasers are a heat source and can start fires if left on mistakenly. Installed properly in a Class I system, lasers can be safely used in everyday office environments without additional precautions. Technicians and operators should be trained in laser safety and appropriate eyewear should always be worn when working with any system besides Class I.