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Pricing and Costs of Laser Cutting Machines

ByLeah Kuriluk,
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| Last Modified
Mar 30, 2011
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Laser cutting equipment can provide your company with a quick and efficient way to cut and engrave objects.

Cutting with laser machines is cleaner than most other cutting methods, and often requires less deburring and finishing after the cuts. Although this depends on the materials you cut, laser cutting is famous for making precise and accurate cuts.

Pricing and costs of laser cutting machines vary greatly depending on the model, type and power of laser. If you plan to cut metal or other thick materials, you'll need a higher watt laser than if you wanted to cut thinner materials, like cloth. However, the higher the laser's wattage, the higher the price. It's up to you to balance cost and practicality.

1. Optimizing your controlling computer's software and hardware can help your cutting machine function faster, although the upgrade can be expensive.

2. Entry-level laser cutting units usually contain very weak lasers, suitable only for light engraving or cutting. Using an underpowered laser to cut a thick or tough material can ruin the surface, requiring costly material replacement.

3. Most suppliers of laser cutting machines sell models in a variety of sizes. Cutting larger objects will require an expensive larger machine.

Purchasing a high watt laser cutting machine can be can be cost effective for prolific cutters

If you don't know what you plan to cut, or you simply want to cut a wide variety of materials, a high watt laser is best. This type of laser is strong enough to cut and engrave almost anything, giving you the flexibility you need. However, high wattage laser cutting machines are generally much more expensive than entry level units. You can pay anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000 for some models.

Ask for a quote when purchasing a custom-designed laser cutting machinery or custom laser cutting

Prices vary widely for custom-designed laser cutting machines. Things you should take into account when estimating the cost of your custom model are wattage, work-surface size, the type of laser and any extra features you require. Generally, the larger the wattage and work-surface, the larger the price. Always discuss what features your custom model should have, and get an itemized price quote. This generally costs around $2,000 to $5,000, although it varies. Or, you could build your own laser cutter.

Select laser cutting machines that use fiber lasers

Laser cutting with fiber lasers is more energy efficient, accurate and economical for most high-end industries. Fiber laser machines make more accurate cuts than more traditional CO2 lasers, and have a longer lifespan. Fiber lasers tend to be more expensive than traditional lasers, but last longer and require less maintenance and replacement parts. Fiber lasers usually cost around $25,000 to $65,000.

  • The cost of laser cutting machines for sale can be very expensive. If you plan to use the machine for a single project or aren't sure you can afford one, consider hiring a cutting service and using its laser cutting machine facilities. Some will even cut your parts for you.
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