One of the leading suppliers of laser cutting machines is HPC Laser. HPC Laser has been providing quality CO2 and fiber laser machines since 2006, with over 6000 customers worldwide. HPC Laser machines are compatible with all key design software packages such as Corel Draw, Autocad, BenBox, Adobe Illustrator, 2D design, and many more. HPC Laser also offers excellent after-sales service and lifetime technical support for its customers.
Types of HPC Laser Cutters
There are two main types of laser cutters: CO2 and fiber. Each type has its own features, advantages, disadvantages, and suitable materials. Let’s take a look at each type in more detail.
HPC CO2 Laser Cutters
CO2 laser cutters use a gas-filled tube as the laser source. The gas mixture consists mainly of carbon dioxide (CO2), along with nitrogen (N), helium (He), hydrogen (H), xenon (Xe), or water (H2O). When an electric current passes through the tube, it excites the gas molecules and produces an infrared beam of light. The beam is then reflected by mirrors and focused by lenses onto the material.
CO2 laser cutters are ideal for cutting or engraving non-metallic materials such as wood, acrylic, leather, fabric, paper, cardboard, rubber, glass, ceramic, and stone. They can also cut thin metals such as stainless steel, aluminium, brass, and copper, but with lower speed and quality than fiber laser cutters. CO2 laser cutters are generally cheaper, easier to use, and more widely available than fiber laser cutters. However, they also require more maintenance, consume more power, and have a shorter lifespan than fiber laser cutters.
HPC Laser offers a range of CO2 laser cutting and engraving machines for different budgets and needs. Some of the popular models are:
- LS3020 – A compact and affordable desktop laser cutter with a 300 x 200 mm work area and a 40W laser tube. It is suitable for hobbyists, schools, and small businesses that want to cut or engrave small items such as jewelry, keyrings, coasters, signs, and stamps.
- LS6090 – A mid-range laser cutter with a 600 x 900 mm work area and a 60W laser tube. It is suitable for larger projects such as trophies, awards, plaques, models, puzzles, and boxes. It can also be upgraded to a 80W or 100W laser tube for faster and thicker cutting.
- LS1290 – A large and powerful laser cutter with a 1200 x 900 mm work area and a 80W laser tube. It is suitable for industrial and educational applications that require high output and quality. It can also be upgraded to a 130W or 150W laser tube for even more performance.
HPC Fiber Laser Cutters
Fiber laser cutters use a solid-state laser source that consists of a fiber optic cable that is doped with rare-earth elements such as ytterbium (Yb), erbium (Er), or thulium ™. When an electric current passes through the cable, it stimulates the dopants and produces a beam of light with a wavelength of around 1 micron. The beam is then delivered directly to the material through the fiber optic cable.
Fiber laser cutters are ideal for cutting or marking metallic materials such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper, titanium, gold, silver, and platinum. They can also cut or mark some non-metallic materials such as plastic, nylon, carbon fiber, and silicone. Fiber laser cutters are more expensive, complex, and specialized than CO2 laser cutters. However, they also offer higher speed, accuracy, quality, efficiency, and durability than CO2 laser cutters.
HPC Laser offers a range of fiber laser cutting and marking machines for different applications and industries. Some of the popular models are:
- LSF1325 – A flatbed fiber laser cutter with a 1300 x 2500 mm work area and a 500W or 1000W laser source. It is suitable for cutting thin to medium thickness metals such as sheet metal, pipes, tubes, profiles, and frames.
- LSF3015 – A gantry fiber laser cutter with a 3000 x 1500 mm work area and a 1000W or 2000W laser source. It is suitable for cutting medium to thick metals such as plates, bars, rods, and beams.
- LSG6040 – A desktop fiber laser marker with a 600 x 400 mm work area and a 20W or 30W laser source. It is suitable for marking metals or plastics with logos, serial numbers, barcodes, QR codes, or text.
How to Get the Most Out of Your HPC Laser Cutter
Now that you know how to use a HPC Laser cutter, you may want to learn some tips and tricks to get the most out of it. Here are some suggestions that can help you improve your laser cutting or engraving results and experience:
Use high-quality materials
The quality of your materials will affect the quality of your laser cutting or engraving results. You should use materials that are suitable for laser cutting or engraving, such as those recommended by HPC Laser. You should also avoid using materials that are too thin, too thick, too hard, too soft, too reflective, too flammable, or too toxic for laser cutting or engraving. You can check the material compatibility chart on the HPC Laser website for more information.
Use appropriate settings
The settings of your laser cutter will affect the speed, accuracy, and quality of your laser cutting or engraving results. You should use settings that are appropriate for your material type, thickness, and desired outcome. You can use the preset values in the software or customize them according to your needs. You can also test your settings on a scrap piece of material before starting your actual job. You can adjust your settings based on the test results until you achieve your desired results.
Use vector graphics
Vector graphics are images that are made of lines, curves, and shapes that are defined by mathematical equations. Vector graphics are ideal for laser cutting or engraving because they can be scaled up or down without losing quality or resolution. They also allow you to create smooth and precise cuts or engravings with minimal jagged edges or pixelation.
You can use vector graphics software such as Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, etc. to create or edit your vector graphics files. You can also convert raster graphics (images that are made of pixels) into vector graphics using online tools such as Vector Magic.
Use masking tape
Masking tape is a type of adhesive tape that can be used to cover the surface of your material before laser cutting or engraving. Masking tape can help you prevent scorch marks, smoke stains, or residue from affecting the appearance of your material. It can also help you protect the surface of your material from scratches or damage during handling or transportation. You can use masking tape that is compatible with laser cutting or engraving, such as those provided by HPC Laser. You should also remove the masking tape carefully after finishing your job to avoid tearing or peeling off your material.
Use alignment tools
Alignment tools are devices that can help you align your material with the laser beam accurately and consistently. Alignment tools can help you reduce waste, save time, and improve quality by ensuring that your cuts or engravings are in the right position and direction. You can use alignment tools such as rulers, grids, jigs, clamps, magnets, etc. to secure and position your material on the work table of the laser cutter. You can also use alignment tools such as red dot pointers, cameras, lasers, etc. to preview and adjust your job on the material before starting it.
Laser cutting and engraving is a fun and rewarding process that can help you create amazing products for your business or personal use. HPC Laser is a trusted and reliable supplier of CO2 and fiber laser machines that can help you achieve your laser cutting and engraving goals.