CO2 Glass Tube Laser Cutters

‘Glass-tube’ refers to the low cost CO2 consumable laser source. These machines are often referred to as “Chinese” machines as many are fabricated in China and tend to look the same from the outside or at first glance – however, all machines are not created equally and we have had some really ‘interesting’ experiences when repairing 3rd party machines with bad finishes/hurried assembly using cheap components, bad electrical installations and dodgy wiring & our prior painful experience has taught us that Caveat Emptor should be applied when thinking about buying any machine from China!

We have spent significant investment and time to ensure our lasers are perfect – they work great and are very easy to use and super reliable. The tubes are -as already said above – consumable and this should be taken into account when purchasing and the average life expectancy (we’ve found from years of experience) of an 80W longer-life/quality glass tube is between 18-36months when operated in accordance with Makerspace recommendations.

CO2 machines are primarily used for processing non-metal materials but can be used to mark anodised aluminium (natively) and high grade stainless steel (using expensive additional sprays and reactive tapes) and we suggest that Fibre machines are much more useful in processing metals.

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