Laser cutting is the digitally controlled aim of a high-wattage laser at a flat-stock material to be cut, etched, or scored. Depending on the material, the material within the kerf will either melt, burn, or vaporise away. The cut is assisted by a jet of high pressure gas to force debris down through the kerf, leaving a high quality surface finish to the material edge.
|BEAM Dynamics Laser Cutter||Epilog 36EXT Laser Engraver|
|laser power||250 watts||125 watts|
|required file type||AutoCAD DXF (version R12/R13 only)||Adobe Illustrator (versions CS4+)|
|cost per minute*||$0.50||$0.43|
|max cutting area||47.50(X) x 47.50(Y) in||36.00(X) x 24.00(Y) in|
|max material thickness||0.50in||0.1875in|
*This is in addition to a base charge of $10.00 per material setup.