The Co2 laser is one of the earliest gas lasers. Developed by Kumar Patel in 1964, it is still one of the most useful lasers today. With its high power and levels of control, Co2 lasers can be used for applications requiring precision, mass production, and most importantly, personalization. Co2 laser engravers and cutters are highly precise and can be used to create designs, decorations, and the like on just about any material you can think of, including wood, plastic, metal, and paper to name a few.
So, How does a Co2 Laser Work?
Let’s dig into the nitty-gritty. There is a lot of magic (and science!) involved in this tool that will give your business the capability to transform any object into a prized possession.
In a Co2 laser cutter, light is produced when electricity runs through a gas-filled tube with mirrors at both ends. One mirror is fully reflective while the other one lets some light come through. These mirrors guide the laser beam into the material that is to be cut. The gas is typically a mixture of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen, and helium.
Any light produced by Co2 lasers is extremely powerful compared to normal light. This is because of the mirrors that bookend the tube of gases. These mirrors reflect most of the light traveling through the tube and cause the light waves to build in intensity. The light only passes through the partially reflective mirror when it becomes bright enough.
Since the light from a laser is infrared, it is invisible to the human eye. It also has a very long wavelength. It can cut a variety of materials, including cloth, wood, metal, glass, and paper. The intense heat from this light vaporizes the material that is going to be cut, leaving an accurate, smooth finish.
Depending on the look you are going for on your material and what material you are cutting or engraving, the speed and power settings can be decreased and increased. Testing your material beforehand is a good practice and will get you closer to perfect results, every time.
The Advantages of Co2 Laser Cutters
There are several benefits to using a Co2 laser cutter.
- Non-Contact Process – The beam doesn’t physically touch the material it is working with; instead, it causes the material to melt through intense heat. This causes minimal damage to the material and the machine.
- Low Power Consumption – Laser cutter machines have low maintenance costs and only need inexpensive replacement parts.
- A Safer Method – Laser cutting is much safer than other forms of cutting since it doesn’t use a blade. The beam itself is sealed in a tight little lightbox.
- Incredible Precision – Lasers produce highly accurate and precise cuttings that have clean cuts and a smooth finish.
- Many Applications – Laser cutting is not just for manufacturing processes – it can also be used in the medical sector, as well as in the arts.
Co2 laser cutters provide one of the most advantageous forms of cutting available today. When you need something cut precisely, or add high detailed artwork to different substrates you should consider using a laser cutting machine.
Why AP Lazer?
Still on the fence? Put your business growth into overdrive with these outstanding advantages we stand behind and are proud to offer:
AP Lazer features a patented, open architecture design. The z-table/home base is completely removable, making it possible to engrave large, bulky objects that cannot be engraved by traditional “boxed-up” laser machines.
We offer the best and most extensive tech support in the industry. Our experts are ready to help with lifetime 24/7 U.S based tech support. It’s important for us that you spend your time creating priceless products and diversifying your business instead of wasting time troubleshooting.
All of our laser machines are sold in turnkey packages. We include all accessories, software, and hardware that you’ll need to get started making money instantly. You won’t run into expensive add-ons or hidden costs. You’ll be up and running quickly after your investment in AP Lazer.
How Will AP Lazer Fit into Your Business?
From Facebook to Instagram it’s easy to see that capturing life’s precious memories has become the new American pastime.
Business owners all over the United States who recognize this phenomenon are now capturing the lives of their customers on their products using a laser. In the eyes of customers, these laser engraved products become objects of deep personal meaning.
They become priceless.
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