If you are considering upgrading your introductory level laser for a faster and more powerful machine, you’ll likely have questions about what a more advanced laser can do. Though Co2 lasers are incredibly versatile, they do have some limitations that are important to be aware of. Cutting metal is something you may be interested in doing with your laser cutting machine, yet not all lasers are able to offer this. Knowing what a laser can and cannot do before buying will help you to make the best decision on choosing a laser that is right for you.

At Aeon Laser Canada, we know that etched or engraved aluminum products are in demand. It is important to note that engraving and cutting aluminum are different functions. Though not all lasers can cut metals, many can etch or engrave products such as tumblers, mugs, and flasks. In this post, we outline the basics of using a Co2 laser with metal to help you understand what your laser can and cannot do.

Why Can’t All Lasers Cut Metal?

When it comes to knowing whether or not a CNC laser machine can cut metal, you’ll have to consider the specifications of an individual laser. Though some lasers can cut metal, most cannot due to the reflective properties of metal and the wattage of the laser. Lasers equipped with the appropriate laser head and laser tube may be able to accommodate cutting metal materials. Though even then, the type of metal used may still need to be considered.

If you are simply looking to create custom products such as engraved YETI® mugs or engraved bottles, a 40W – 75W laser can be an appropriate choice for you. Though these lasers won’t cut through metal, they will offer both precision and speed when engraving coated aluminum products.

Can a 100w Co2 Laser Cut Metal?

If you are looking to cut metal sheets or need a powerful laser for industrial use, you may want to know, can a 100w Co2 laser cut metal? Though a 100w laser could be powerful enough to cut through metal, its power alone is not the only factor that needs to be considered. You’ll still need to consider the properties of the material you wish to cut and ensure that the laser head and tube are suited to the material along with the assistance of Oxygen which is the standard active assist gas used for laser cutting of metal. At this time our lasers are not equipped for this purpose. When looking for a laser to conduct a specific purpose, speaking with a CNC laser machine expert is your best option.

How Can I Know Which Laser is Right for Me?

Choosing a laser is easy when you have a good understanding of what you’d like to do with your laser. When looking for your next laser, consider that Aeon lasers offer a simplified solution with an all-in-one design that streamlines your processes while saving space. Look to the Mira series lasers for home-based workshops and small business use, or check out Elite Nova series lasers for commercial-level speed and pass-through functionality.

At Aeon Laser Canada, we are always here to support you with finding a Co2 laser cutter that is well-suited to your business needs. Connect with a member of our team today and get ready to take your capacity and capabilities to the next level.