There are four important points to consider when deciding which Beyond Laser system is best for your application…
1. What is your primary use? Cutting or engraving?
Not all laser machine manufacturers differentiate between these two operations.
Our HS-T & HS-S Range are optomised for both engraving & light duty cutting.Cutting 10mm acrylic and 8mm MDF then rather consider our heavy duty HS-Z or HS-B or HS-BM Range which is built for production cutting of thicker materials.
Our HS-Z Desktop Engraver is optomised for engraving and especially suited for those doing production engraving with perfect precision at high speed as well as cutting of paper and cardboard.
Our HS-Z Range is optomised for production cutting and especially suited to those cutting thicker materials 10mm and above with high precision.The HS-Z Range cuts thin materials perfectly as well.Engraving results with the 80W HS-Z is not as refined as the HS-T or HS-S Range but still more than acceptable.Engraving with the 135W machine is not recommended.
Our HS-R Range is optomised for heavy duty production cutting and engraving of roll materials at high precision.Equipped with auto feeding system and auto drifting corrector.
Our HS-B Range is optomised for large format heavy duty production cutting and engraving is not recommended.
Our HS-BM Combination Range is optomised for non production thin metal cutting as well as cutting of all other non-metallics at high precision.Engraving is not recommended.For production cutting of metals have a look at our range of fiber lasers.
The difference between laser cutting systems and engraving is in the optics and laser power which are identified for the specific task the machine is designed for. Higher laser powers are needed for cutting at production speeds. Our larger cutting machines are fitted with an optical system designed for this purpose, maximising the productivity obtainable from their powerful 80W, 135W & 280W laser tubes.
Beyond Laser HS-Z Desktop Engraver & HS-T & HS-S laser engraving machines are optomised for engraving with optics to give a sharper focus for very fine detail. All our laser cutters and laser engraving machines can perform both tasks, but it is best to choose the model based on your volume requirements.
HS-Z Desktop Engraver – Heavy Duty production engraver complete with motorized table and rotary attachment for cylinder engraving.
HS-T Range – Superior Engraving and cutting of materials less than 10mm in thickness.
HS-Z Range – Heavy Duty production cutting of thin/thick materials with average engraving results.
HS-S Range – Superior Engraving and cutting of materials less than 10mm in thickness and equipped with a motorised table and rotary attachment for large item and cylinder engraving.
HS-R Range – Heavy duty production cutting and engraving of roll materials – Examples: Fabric & Leather
HS-B Range – Heavy Duty large format production cutting of thin/thick materials.
HS-BM Combination Range – Non production cutting of metals and production cutting of all other non-metallics.Engraving is not recommended.Engraving with the 280W machine is not recommended and will cause tube failure.
2.Which materials are you looking to process?
Generally, the harder the material, the greater the power of laser required for a given task. Thickness of the material also needs consideration. Higher power lasers are capable of deeper penetration into any given material. For specialist materials and metals, please contact us for advice on the best machine for your application.
|Beyond Laser –||Max Cutting Ability:||Max Cutting Ability:||Max Cutting Ability:||Max Cutting Ability:|
|CO2 Laser Tube||Acrylic||MDF||Plywood||Mild Steel & Stainless Steel|
|60W||8 – 10mm||4 – 5mm||6mm||–|
|80W||15 – 20mm||7 – 8mm||12mm||–|
0.5 – 1mm
|280W||30mm||15mm||20mm||HS-ZM/HS-BM 0.5 – 3mm|
3.What size of sheet material will you use for your job?
This is more straight forward. Select a machine with a bed with a larger size than the part you need to cut or engrave. Nesting smaller items on a larger sheet can significantly improve productivity and reduce waste. Larger machines are better if you have high volumes to produce.
4.The choice of machine shouldn’t be made on budget alone
This is obviously very important, and you will soon realise that it is not wise to buy a system that ‘might just do’ when for a little extra the correct machine for the job will more than pay for itself by greater productivity and reliability.
What materials can be laser engraved or laser cut on a Beyond Laser CO2 System :
|Materials||Engrave(CO2 Lasers)||Cut(CO2 Lasers)||Fiber Laser|
|Mild Steel||* (Laser Paste)
||HS-BM 135W 0.5 – 1mm HS-BM 280W 0.5 – 3mm||x|
|Stainless Steel||* (Laser Paste)
||HS-BM 135W 0.5 – 1mm HS-BM 280W 0.5 – 3mm||x|
|Brass||* (Laser Paste)
|Titanium||* (Laser Paste)
|Bare Metals||* (Laser Paste)
Notes: Engrave * indicates that the marking process will require the use of our laser paste.To Cut Mild Steel & Stainless Steel have a look at our combination C02 Laser: HS-ZM & HS-BM 135W & 280W Lasers
For production metal processing have a look at our range of Fiber Lasers & Plasma – Legend B511.