Laser attributes

Material type and ideal thickness

  • Mild steel up to 25 mm (1") thick
  • Stainless steel up to 25 mm (1") thick
  • Brass up to 6 mm (0.25") thick
  • Copper up to 6 mm (0.25") thick
  • Aluminum up to 12 mm (0.5") thick

Between 6 mm (1/4") and 25 mm (1"), choice of cutting system (fiber, CO2, or plasma) depends on volume, amount of fine-feature cutting, and secondary process requirements.

Cut quality

  • Excellent cut quality on most materials
  • Better cut quality than plasma for fine features
  • Ability to produce holes less than a 1:1 diameter-to-thickness ratio


  • Excellent productivity on thinner material and less on thicker material
  • Widely available on a broad variety of high-quality cutting machines

Laser cutting technology can be effectively combined with other cutting technologies to deliver very high productivity, exceeding tolerance and quality requirements for most plate applications.

Operating cost

  • Lower operating and maintenance costs than plasma

    Cost per part and parts per shift - 3.5 mm (0.135") mild steel

  • Fiber laser is 3x more energy efficient than CO2 – with no mirrors to maintain and calibrate, and no lasing gas

Capital equipment cost

  • $350,000 - $1,000,000+

    Total Cost of Ownership - 5 year outlook


  • Not portable