Multipurpose Laser Workstations
Frequently Asked Questions
The main advantage of multipurpose laser workstations is their ability to work in various laser processing modes. This includes laser marking, laser engraving, laser cutting, laser cleaning and more. Many applications of these systems include production settings that simultaneously depend on various processes, e.g. laser cutting and laser marking. In situations like that it is important to be able to quickly switch between different operating modes on the same machine. On large scale projects this can save significant processing resources on changing workstations, arranging complicated production or assembly lines and more.
Because of their multifunctional nature, selecting a proper workhorse for your application will require answering several questions. The most important and primary of those questions is the understanding of the process requirements for your particular application. Are you looking for a laser-marker/laser-cutter? Or perhaps you also need, laser ablating or laser welding added as a capability? Are you dealing with large immobile objects that would benefit from handheld devices? Once you make the short list of the processes that will narrow down the list of systems that would fit your applications. Next, you will want to look into the laser source: the type of the laser (DPSS, Fiber, Excimer, CO2, etc.), the output power, the wavelength, and more, all of which tie back into the processes/functions they can enable). You will also want to look into the beam delivery options: are you looking for a flatbed system or you need a speedier, galvo scanner based, system. Would you need more than 3-axes of control? Finally, what features you need, off-axis camera, fume extraction unit, and water-to-water chiller, are just a few of the options to look into. If in doubt always ask questions to the suppliers.
Class-1, Class-2, etc. refers to the laser safety level in the standard laser safety classification system, with Class-1 being the safest and Class-4 – the most dangerous. Class-1 lasers are typically considered safe in a sense that under normal operating condition they do not emit laser radiation at a level which is harmful to the eye. It is very important to note that all these laser systems have embedded laser sources that are very powerful and can cause significant damage to human eye and skin under direct exposure. Class-1 safety in these systems is achieved through special safety enclosure and safety features that disallow operation of the laser with open door or lid. It is assumed that Class-1 safety will quickly be defeated if the safety features are bypassed.
Because of the complexity of these systems the price on these machines can vary significantly based on the options. To get accurate pricing information please inquire from the supplier by requesting a quote.
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