When examining the price-to-performance ratio of the two opposing models, the main benefit is the cutting speed for the mid-range materials from 6 to 8 mm thick.
Another benefit includes thickness capacity when cutting non-ferrous materials. Typically there is an increase of one gauge of material, which aids clients that cut a lot of material in the 6 to 8 mm range.
The benefits of a fiber laser cutter
1. Unlike a conventional CO2 disk laser, there are no moving parts or mirrors at the light-generating area, which offers greater advantage for reducing operating costs and maintenance costs.
2. Lower running costs and electrical efficiency. A fiber laser cutting machine uses one third of the power of a CO2 laser cutting machine.
3. When cutting thin material, the fiber laser cutter uses higher speeds. Compared with the same CO2 cutter, the fiber cutter is three to four times faster in a straight cuts of 1 mm mild, galvanized, or stainless steel and twice as fast when cutting 2 mm mild, galvanized, or stainless steel.
4. The fiber laser cutter has the aptitude to cut reflective materials without destructive back reflections, which allows the ability to cut reflective materials without damaging the machine. Materials such as copper, brass, and aluminum.
5. For cost bases, on average comparative projects, the fiber laser cutter offers 50% lower servicing costs.
The benefits of a CO2 laser cutter includes:
There is one major disadvantage of the fiber laser cutter to the CO2 laser cutter: It is that the cutting speed is reduced when processing thicker materials. When cutting above 5 mm, the CO2 cutter is quicker in a straight line and offers faster piercing times. Also, when cutting thicker materials, the smooth surface finishing is a definite advantage.