Synrad high performance CO2 lasers cut a wide variety of materials with incredible accuracy. Laser cutting can accommodate almost any geometry, including straight lines and geometric or organic shapes. The laser has no moving parts to wear or break down, and little required maintenance, reducing the total cost of ownership when compared to traditional mechanical cutting equipment. Short setup times, no consumable parts, and long operating lifetimes minimize production downtimes. Knowing the material type, cutting depth, throughput speed, and accuracy requirements help determine the best Synrad laser for your application.
Engraving creates depth into the surface of a material by removing the material substrate leaving a depression. This can be useful for marking materials that do not change color when absorbing CO2 laser light, since it creates a shadowing effect that provides contrast. Engraving is a common type of laser “mark”, creating deeper marks more resistant to wear for coding or serialization. Engraving is the least efficient laser mark due to the increased time required to remove material.
Q What kind of materials can lasers process?
A Synrad’s CO2 lasers can mark, engrave, drill, weld, cut, and perforate a wide range of materials, including acrylic, foam, ceramics, gasket, wood, paper, plastic, textiles, rubber, stainless steel, titanium, thin metals, and many others. See Applications for more detail.
Q What kind of maintenance does a laser need?
While other laser technologies need eld maintenance and may have disposables like owing-gasses required for laser usage, a Synrad sealed CO2 laser requires no maintenance or additional disposables to operate. It’s DC Power in and Laser Power out. Our patented “All Metal Tube” technology is virtually maintenance-free. Synrad lasers can be expected to operate for thousands of hours before a gas refill is required.
Q How much power will I need to cut/mark/drill my material?
A: Every application is different. The appropriate laser power depends on the specific material to be processed and the speed required. We recommend that you contact us and our experts will help you determine the best laser for your application.
Q How long will the laser last before “running out of gas?”
A: Lasers on our LifeTest have passed 45,000 hours and are still going strong. However, lifetimes can vary significantly based on a number of factors including operating environment and operation frequency. Once the laser has reached the end of its useful life, a simple and inexpensive gas refill will restore the laser to full power.
Q What sort of safety precautions do I need to take?
A: Lasers are actually safer than most types of machinery. Precautions are very much dependent on your application. The primary danger of lasers comes from the possibility
of the laser beam being reflected from the work surface. An acrylic or polycarbonate screen usually offers sufficient protection. Safety glasses or goggles should always be worn when the laser is in operation.
Q Do we need special technicians to run the laser?
A: No. On the contrary, our sealed CO2 lasers are extremely easy to operate and require no special training. Just set them up and let them do their job. It’s that simple. No maintenance is required.
Q How many Synrad lasers are in use?
A: Currently, Synrad has more than 250,000 CO2 lasers operating around the world. And the number is rapidly increasing as manufacturers become more familiar with the laser’s capabilities and benefits.