Is CNC the same as laser cutting?
Different. The difference between CNC and laser cutting:
CNC is mainly used for engraving and cutting non-metallic materials, such as wood, acrylic, medium density fiberboard, stone and other non-metallic materials. Laser cutting uses high-energy beams to burn through metal materials. Although laser cutting has its limitations and may not be suitable for all materials or designs, it has two main unique advantages compared to CNC cutting:
Precision—–laser cutting manufacturers can set designs with a cutting width as narrow as 0.1 mm or less, while the width of tools used for CNC cutting is limited. This enables laser cutting to achieve fine cuts with extremely high precision.
The cutting edge is smoother-because laser cutting involves a burning process, the edge is always clean and sealed. In addition, the cutting head of the CNC machine may tear the material around it when it rotates at a high speed. Therefore, laser cutting not only improves the functionality of the finished product, but also improves the appearance.
How much does a CNC laser cutter cost?
It needs to be calculated according to the configuration. The main factors affecting the price of laser cutting machine are
- Working area
- Laser power and brand
- Cutting head brand and model
- The brands and models of other main accessories, such as control systems, chillers, motor drives, and reducers.
- Whether to add additional configuration, such as large seal, exchange platform.