- What’s the main appplication that the machine gonna have? If you just want to make some crafts or arts or just make some gifts for your family or friend as a parttime hobby, and don’t expect large scale production, then a hobby machine would be suitable. Hobby machines are typically compact, portable and affordable for individuals to purchase. Well, if you are having a heavy use for production based, hobby machines aren’t going to have the power, speed and power you require.
How Much Power Should I Choose? Different model of laser tube can have different power to process different materials. For example, if you just want to cut 5mm wood, you don’t need to purchase a expensive metal laser cutter. Also, if you want to cut metal, a machine with a 40W CO2 laser tube isn’t going to “cut” it. Once you know what type of materials you want to cut, you can focus in on the laser wattage which you need.
- How Big is the Material I need to Process? Laser machine for cutting, engraving or marking always have different sizes and that size normally decide how big workspace the machine have. The size of the machine will also be limited by your workspace or warehouse. So, you have to have the size of the laser machine workplace in your mind before you go to next step.
- What Is My Budget? Following the upper 3 tips is a key to save your budget for a laser machine, don’t overspend on a machine that cuts metal if you don’t need to. Also, if you material is bigger than the machine work bed, that means it can never work. On the other hand, laser market has wide range of machines and prices. So, fulfill your minimum needs first would be our suggestions, and then think about your budget. You have a lot of options in the laser market, but there must have one machine that is best for you and fufill your needs. So take time to do research is important.