Comparing Energy Consumption: Fiber Lasers vs CO2 LasersPosted on July 28, 2017 by Hygrade Laser Profiling, in News
There have been exponential advances in fiber laser technology used for the purpose of laser cutting. When choosing a laser machine, there are several things to consider. A major thing to take into account is sustainable manufacturing, looking at energy consumption in fiber lasers vs CO2 lasers.
A growing interest in the industry is sustainable manufacturing; how we as a whole can be more energy efficient in the manufacturing space and increase the awareness of sustainable production. Laser cutting can have a considerable amount of impact on the environment, so when deciding which laser to purchase, it’s important to consider the following factors;
- While both machines have the speed and accuracy to produce high quality products, a fiber laser is considered much more energy efficient. It costs less per part than the CO2 laser, due to lower running costs.
- There are no laser gases required with a fiber laser, which ensures reduced power consumption and a sustainable impact level. The fiber laser is a solid state system which doesn’t require a specialised laser gas. In general, traditional CO2 lasers require much more maintenance.
- A fiber laser is more energy efficient, creating more energy savings – for example, a 2kW fiber can cut thin materials as fast as a 4-5kW CO2.
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