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Here are 8 easy-to-follow steps to help get started buying laser cutters, engravers, etchers, welders, marking machines, and cleaning machines for beginners and professionals.
Step 1. Plan Your Budget - Create a purchase plan and budget within your investment capabilities.
Step 2. Compare Features and Costs - Research the most popular manufacturers and brands, find different models that fit your needs and budget, compare the similarities and differences in terms of features, and how much each costs.
Step 3. Sample Making - Request sample making from your preferred merchant with the laser model you refer to, and check whether the result satisfies you through the demo video and which one is the best.
Step 4. Find and Buy - Find the right laser machine that best matches your business needs, negotiate the hardware and software configuration, payment and shipping methods, service and support, warranty, and some add-ons with the merchant, then sign the contract and pay the advance payment or the full amount.
Step 5. Laser Machine Production - The manufacturer starts to make your machine, and you can request to review your laser through the live video anytime and anywhere during the production process.
Step 6. Laser Machine Inspection - After the machine is finished, the merchant will ask you to inspect your machine on site or in the form of live video.
Step 7. Shipping and Tracking - Make sure it meets your expectations, pay the balance, and start shipping. You can track your machine through the official website or APP of the logistics company at any time.
Step 8. Receiving and Acceptance - Receive the machine at the address agreed in the contract, unpack and inspect to complete the purchase. In case of trouble, contact the merchant for after-sales service and support.
It's tough to predict exactly how long it will take to ship a laser machine. When calculating approximate transit times, the destination and mode of transportation should be considered first.
Laser machine shipping can take anywhere from 7 days to 30 days or longer in most cases. International express can take as little as 7-10 days, air freight is typically 10-15 days, and sea shipping can range anywhere from 15-30 days or more. Add in pick-up, and most laser machine shipments arrive within five weeks excluding customs clearance.
It will take considerably longer if you want to transport a specific laser machine instead of shipping a standard model available at STYLECNC Laser. For example, a customized large-scale fiber laser cutting machine that exceeds the limit of the container may need to be disassembled for transportation.
A laser cutter is profitable for both hobbyists and commercial user. It can be used for starters to customize personalized crafts and gifts to make money, and it can also be used for professionals in modern industrial manufacturing to improve business efficiency. In the long run, the value it creates far exceeds its own cost as no need of consumables.
Fiber lasers are the best tools for precision cutting sheet metals, tubes and profiles, and deep engraving on most aluminum & brass, as well as color engraving on stainless steel, while CO2 lasers are only suitable for cutting thin sheet metals and thicker nonmetal materials such as plywood and acrylic with hybrid cutting head.
An ideal laser engraver costs anywhere from $1,800 to $12,000, the most popular CO2 laser cutters are priced from $3,600 to $18,000 (or more for fiber laser cutting machines). The average price on a new handheld laser welder is around $7,800, while some automatic and robotic types can be as expensive as $16,000. The lowest price you need to pay for a portable laser cleaning machine will be over $6,000 according to the laser type & power came with it. If you're looking for a new laser machine to buy, you may be trying to determine how much it'll cost to make sure the purchase fits in your budget. The actual price you pay will depend on the make and model you're researching and comparing.
Different laser sources are suitable for engraving different materials. If you want to engrave and cut mostly metals, then a fiber laser is a great option. If you want to do a lot of cuts and engravings with wood, then a CO2 laser might be a good choice. In addition, if you want to etch mostly glass and crystal, then you should consider the UV laser.
A laser cleaning machine can be used for rust removal. Laser rust removal is to peel off the rust layer while irradiating the laser beam on the metal surface, and then use high-intensity vibration to shatter the peeled rust layer to get the cleaning done. As long as the correct parameters are adjusted, it will not damage the substrate, and achieve zero-damage cleaning. Moreover, the higher the laser power, the deeper the rust layer that can be removed.
Laser welding is a greener welder that is five times faster than MIG welding and ten times faster than TIG welding with great depth and low thermal deformation. In addition, it's easier to use, and can be combined with CNC automated industrial manufacturing for assembly line operations. It is a good substitute for spot welding with better looking seams and higher quality connections.
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Asking questions fosters user learning and the exchange of ideas, drives laser machine innovation and performance improvement, and builds rapport and trust between customers and merchants.