The learning curve of jumping to large-format laser engraving for someone with small-format laser experience is limited. The large-format machines generally use the same mechanical systems just on a larger scale. The design software and transferring your file from the computer to the laser is the exact same process. Advanced software features such as nesting, common line cutting, and chain cutting are more popular on large-format machines.
Large-format laser equipment can also be equipped with higher wattage lasers. This means applications like metal cutting are also available to the user. This process of cutting metal is generally the same as that of acrylic and wood. However, there are some more advanced settings that need to be considered to optimize cutting results.