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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Williams View Post
    https://www.bodor.com/Fiber_Laser/Pl...09-27/335.html <<web page linky to:



    this is exactly what you're looking for -- found some conflicting info on power for this machine, one place says 500/1000/1500watt, to the linked page they quote 1000/1500/2000watt power...
    600x600mm work area, so it ain't huge... Bodor is at least a 'heard of' laser company... I'm sure the worst part of this machine would be the price...

    Jus' trying to help

    >>edit<< -- that little Cosmo looks interesting, I would assume it's built better than their website Some missing info too, gas assist y/n? Laser power would be good to know too... Depending on what you're doing exactly it may be a good fit... I've heard of Cosmo- or more accurately, I've seen their name around over the years. And I would think any company going to the trouble of building such an animal wouldn't exactly be a fly-by-night operation...

    Anyway, found this Bodor vid on their page--

    I've seen that one! Still too big for me, I think. Though it may be what I actually need.

    And look at this....https://jpn.gwklaser.com/marking/LR150.html

    Is that a 150w fiber galvo? I believe that there are several members here with G*Weike lasers so at least they are known too. Not sure of their reputation though. And it says it uses a Rofin source? That's usually $$$$$

    Nevermind 10640nm wavelength = CO2
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    Trotec Speedy 300 - 80 watt
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    CorelDraw X7

  2. #17
    So no one has any other recommendations?

    I'm open to whatever would make this process more efficient, especially cutting brass. Are Yags better at cutting than fibers? The are quite a few at decent prices used on Ebay and other sites.

    I spoke to Roland and asked about their MDX-540 mill, and that said it's a no-go on cutting metal.

    I'm really at a loss. Surely, those gigantic flatbed fibers and CO2's aren't the only options out there for efficiently cutting 1mm and less sheet metal.

    And I find it strange that I can't get a single laser manufacturer to give me test times on their 100W systems so that I can compare it to my 50W.

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    Here's a cube 600x600mm but nothing at all on the power it produces. http://www.cnclaserlm.com/P-series-h...pd6937960.html
    But they do show some intricate metal cutting. Don't know anything about these guys.
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    From what I've gathered-- Yag's are tempermental, finicky, prone to breakdown, require a LOT more electronic stuff than fiber, all making them very costly, AND supposedly it's now 'old technology'.. someone posted up a week or so ago about picking up a Yag for cheap, it'll be interesting to see what happens...

    One of my customers is in the same sort of boat, he needs to cut like 90 hexagon holes, about .2", into 20 gauge 304 stainless, lots of times. Right now he's machining them, and HATES it. He can build his own gantry setup to steer a laser beam, but he can't find a laser source (or I should say, I can't find a source ) ... I don't know enough about them to be of much help
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lifer View Post
    Here's a cube 600x600mm but nothing at all on the power it produces. http://www.cnclaserlm.com/P-series-h...pd6937960.html
    But they do show some intricate metal cutting. Don't know anything about these guys.

    Thanks John. I've seen a few like this one. I honestly think it's one or two plants in China manufacturing these styles because they are all over Ebay. I'm concerned about the lack of name recognition. And none of the U.S. companies with China lasers offer anything like a small desktop gantry fiber.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Williams View Post
    From what I've gathered-- Yag's are tempermental, finicky, prone to breakdown, require a LOT more electronic stuff than fiber, all making them very costly, AND supposedly it's now 'old technology'.. someone posted up a week or so ago about picking up a Yag for cheap, it'll be interesting to see what happens...

    One of my customers is in the same sort of boat, he needs to cut like 90 hexagon holes, about .2", into 20 gauge 304 stainless, lots of times. Right now he's machining them, and HATES it. He can build his own gantry setup to steer a laser beam, but he can't find a laser source (or I should say, I can't find a source ) ... I don't know enough about them to be of much help
    I would build one too if I knew how! If he ever figures it out, and it's safe, I'd love to see if he can replicate it, and would be willing to pay! I see fiber sources all over Ebay, but it's for smaller wattage fibers. Nothing in the range that we're looking for though.

    I see Yags all over the place for pennies on the dollar relative to their fiber counterparts. I'm ALMOST willing to buy one to see, but I don't want to waste money. And I've read that Yags can cut metal much easier than fibers because the pulse is more focused and the immediate higher wattage output really digs into the metal in such a small area. I have no idea if that's true or not.
    Trotec Speedy 300 - 80 watt
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    Tykma Minilase - 20 watt fiber - SPI Source - (MOPA)
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by Kev Williams View Post
    From what I've gathered-- Yag's are tempermental, finicky, prone to breakdown, require a LOT more electronic stuff than fiber, all making them very costly, AND supposedly it's now 'old technology'.. someone posted up a week or so ago about picking up a Yag for cheap, it'll be interesting to see what happens...

    One of my customers is in the same sort of boat, he needs to cut like 90 hexagon holes, about .2", into 20 gauge 304 stainless, lots of times. Right now he's machining them, and HATES it. He can build his own gantry setup to steer a laser beam, but he can't find a laser source (or I should say, I can't find a source ) ... I don't know enough about them to be of much help
    that many holes that many times is exactly where a turret punch press shines; faster than any laser can do it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Williams View Post
    https://www.bodor.com/Fiber_Laser/Pl...09-27/335.html <<web page linky to:

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    this is exactly what you're looking for -- found some conflicting info on power for this machine, one place says 500/1000/1500watt, to the linked page they quote 1000/1500/2000watt power...
    600x600mm work area, so it ain't huge... Bodor is at least a 'heard of' laser company... I'm sure the worst part of this machine would be the price...

    Jus' trying to help

    >>edit<< -- that little Cosmo looks interesting, I would assume it's built better than their website Some missing info too, gas assist y/n? Laser power would be good to know too... Depending on what you're doing exactly it may be a good fit... I've heard of Cosmo- or more accurately, I've seen their name around over the years. And I would think any company going to the trouble of building such an animal wouldn't exactly be a fly-by-night operation...

    Anyway, found this Bodor vid on their page--


    I missed this edit. So you've heard of COSMO? The system can use air assist, oxygen, etc. It's a 500W fiber, I think. i never noticed that it didn't list that. Too many searches!
    Trotec Speedy 300 - 80 watt
    LaserStar 3804 - 50 watt fiber - SPI Source
    Tykma Minilase - 20 watt fiber - SPI Source - (MOPA)
    CorelDraw X7

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