What factors play into the decision-making process of which type of laser to use?

Application needs: Will you use the laser for a specialized application, or are you looking for a broad range of capabilities? Galvo systems can be configured and optimized for specific and unique applications. Flatbed systems generally are offered with several configurations and options, but they are more versatile in terms of what they can process.

Production environment: Do you want to integrate the laser into existing systems or processes? Galvo systems were designed with more integration and automation options, whereas flatbed lasers are better suited for stand-alone operation.

Type of files (vector or raster): Galvos were designed to accommodate vector files, while flatbeds process vectors only for cutting.

Unit volume: Galvos are a good choice for high volumes because they process on average 10 times faster than flatbed lasers.

Size of the items: Are the items large or tall? Flatbed lasers have larger work areas and can accommodate larger items.

Workpiece geometries: Are the items you want to process curved? Galvo systems are generally better equipped to handle curved surfaces.

Type of markings: If you are annealing or deep engraving, a galvo is a better choice.

-Josh Stephens, Lasers Plus

Josh Stephens Lasers Plus

Josh Stephens

Josh Stephens is the owner of Lasers Plus. Formerly, he was the lead applications expert for a large laser manufacturer. He has been in the industry for over seven years.

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