CO2 Laser vs Fiber Laser
A question frequently asked in the plate laser cutting industry, mostly by customers, is what the difference is between a fiber laser and a CO2 laser.
A fiber laser, suitable for the cutting of metals, coated metals and plastics, amplifies a laser beam that is generated by diodes in energy supplied glass fibers.The laser beam will then befocused through a lens cutting the sheet metal. On the other hand CO2 lasers generates a laser beam through electricalstimulated carbon dioxide gas mixture pushed through a tube with optical mirrors. CO2 lasers are mainly used for cutting wood, glass, paper, etc. CO2 lasers compared to fiber lasers have better cutting quality and speed when cutting thicker materials.
Choosing the alser cutting technique which will give you the best quality sheet metal components, your first step will be to look at the type of material and the thickness.
Advantages of Fiber Lasers and CO2 Lasers:
Advantages of a fiber laser over CO2 laser: