BOSS LASER APPLICATIONS

METAL ETCHING

Mark, Etch and Engrave Metals


For the sake of simplicity either FIBER or GAS (commonly CO2) laser technology are the most common technologies for processing metal whether it be ferrous or non-ferrous metals. Which of those two will work best for your application depends on what type or thickness of metal you want to process. On a side note there's also older laser technology, Nd:YAG (uses Crystal as gain medium).  However, YAG is being supplanted by fiber technology due to its better long term reliability and cost efficiency.

So, with respect to laser marking and engraving metals (and even cutting thin sheet metal) fiber laser technology undoubtedly processes metals with far better precision, speed, reliability, and efficiency compared to the CO2 laser wavelength.  But, if you want to cut thin sheet metal - fiber is more advantageous compared to CO2. Why? Mainly due to two reasons. First, the creation of a fiber laser beam is 200% more efficient than that of a CO2 laser beam. Secondly, the simple delivery method of a fiber laser eliminates the need for expensive optics required on CO2 lasers. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND ADVANTAGES OF FIBER COMPARED TO CO2 LASER TECHNOLOGY?

  • Fiber laser processes most metal types more efficiently whereas CO2 only cuts stainless steel
  • Fiber laser power source offers longer life time reliability of up to 100,000 hours
  • Fiber has no moving parts or adjustable mirrors for maintaining beam alignment
  • Fiber laser offers greater wall plug electrical efficiency - up to 50% vs CO2
  • Fiber lasers have 2-3x faster straight line cutting speed when cutting thin (1-5mm) sheet metal 

SO, WHY BUY A CO2 LASER FOR PROCESSING STEEL?

CO2 is an attractive technology for cutting steel because even though it is not as fast and efficient with steel (not good with non-ferrous metals) - it can additionally process every day type organic materials as well.  Materials like wood, acrylic, leather, fabric, stone, etc. are easily processed via. CO2 wavelength. Fiber is just really good at just processing metal (ferrous and nonferrous) and some industrial polymers.

One of the main benefits of Boss' HP metal cutting machines is that they are CO2 powered and equipped with an upgraded reciprocating laser head and software technology to laser mark, engrave, or cut both stainless steel and organic materials.

However, if you are only wanting to mark or engrave various metals including raw stainless, soft steel, aluminum, titanium, brass, silver, gold, copper, etc then a fiber laser marking machine like the Boss FM-20 will be your best choice. However, if the metal is coated i.e painted or anodized then a CO2 laser will do the job too.

If you need a laser to cut various metals, especially thinner sheet metal, at production scale speeds (without the need to process organic materials) a fiber laser cutter will best suit your production environment. In this case Boss' FC series of fiber laser cutter machines will be a good place to start.

If you have any questions about how a Boss Laser can help you process metal or organic materials feel free to call us for help at (407) 878-0880.

Co2 or Fiber Laser?


For the sake of simplicity either FIBER or GAS (commonly CO2) laser technology are the most common technologies for processing metal whether it be ferrous or non-ferrous metals. Which of those two will work best for your application depends on what type or thickness of metal you want to process. On a side note there's also older laser technology, Nd:YAG (uses Crystal as gain medium).  However, YAG is being supplanted by fiber technology due to its better long term reliability and cost efficiency.

So, with respect to laser marking and engraving metals (and even cutting thin sheet metal) fiber laser technology undoubtedly processes metals with far better precision, speed, reliability, and efficiency compared to the CO2 laser wavelength.  But, if you want to cut thin sheet metal - fiber is more advantageous compared to CO2. Why? Mainly due to two reasons. First, the creation of a fiber laser beam is 200% more efficient than that of a CO2 laser beam. Secondly, the simple delivery method of a fiber laser eliminates the need for expensive optics required on CO2 lasers. 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND ADVANTAGES OF FIBER COMPARED TO CO2 LASER TECHNOLOGY?

  • Fiber laser processes most metal types more efficiently whereas CO2 only cuts stainless steel
  • Fiber laser power source offers longer life time reliability of up to 100,000 hours
  • Fiber has no moving parts or adjustable mirrors for maintaining beam alignment
  • Fiber laser offers greater wall plug electrical efficiency - up to 50% vs CO2
  • Fiber lasers have 2-3x faster straight line cutting speed when cutting thin (1-5mm) sheet metal 

SO, WHY BUY A CO2 LASER FOR PROCESSING STEEL?

CO2 is an attractive technology for cutting steel because even though it is not as fast and efficient with steel (not good with non-ferrous metals) - it can additionally process every day type organic materials as well.  Materials like wood, acrylic, leather, fabric, stone, etc. are easily processed via. CO2 wavelength. Fiber is just really good at just processing metal (ferrous and nonferrous) and some industrial polymers.

One of the main benefits of Boss' HP metal cutting machines is that they are CO2 powered and equipped with an upgraded reciprocating laser head and software technology to laser mark, engrave, or cut both stainless steel and organic materials.

However, if you are only wanting to mark or engrave various metals including raw stainless, soft steel, aluminum, titanium, brass, silver, gold, copper, etc then a fiber laser marking machine like the Boss FM-20 will be your best choice. However, if the metal is coated i.e painted or anodized then a CO2 laser will do the job too.

If you need a laser to cut various metals, especially thinner sheet metal, at production scale speeds (without the need to process organic materials) a fiber laser cutter will best suit your production environment. In this case Boss' FC series of fiber laser cutter machines will be a good place to start.

If you have any questions about how a Boss Laser can help you process metal or organic materials feel free to call us for help at (407) 878-0880.

BOSSLASER - metal-etching MACHINES

  • $8,997.00

    BOSS FM-Desktop

    New and Improved! Designed and engineered by BOSS for mobility. The FM-D offers an adjustable galvo scanner head to project between 20 to 50 watts of fiber laser power. Operates using a solid-state 1064nm fiber laser that is built to serve with very little maintenance and zero consumables. Includes a 2-Year Warranty that includes the fiber laser power
  • $10,997.00

    BOSS FM-Station

    New and Improved! The FM-S (Station) offers offers an all-in-one station. Includes an adjustable galvo scanner head that can project between 20 to 100 watts of fiber laser power. Operates using a solid-state 1064nm fiber laser that is built to serve with very little maintenance and zero consumables. Quickly and permanently mark or etch most metals or industrial polymers. Includes a 2-Year Warranty that includes the fiber laser power!