3 tips: How to buy the right laser

Published on: 09/29/2020 Author: Peter Brandtner

Which laser for cutting and engraving is going to be the right laser for my needs? How much does a laser machine cost? What things should I give consideration to when purchasing a laser? What particular features and functions make a laser future-proof?

Which laser is the right one for my needs?

At Trotec, I am resposnsible for our customers and employees as part of the Trotec Academy. The questions mentioned above, are relative for almost any prospective customer who is considering the purchase of a laser. I have the fortune of being able to accompany many of our prospective customers through their purchase making decisions. This starts long before the purchase actually takes place, by dealing with a prospective customers specific application requests or answering questions about their materials, or even simply providing more information. These initial consultations take place at Trotec open days, trade shows, in our demo centres or at virtual product demos. I am also involved in active exchanges with our customers as a part of our Trotec Academy training program, and this enables me to gain insight into their business development.

There is no blanket answer as to which laser machine is “the best”. But there are a number of important questions you should ask yourself before you buy a laser machine. What exactly do I want to do with the laser? Which specific materials do I want to process? How much laser power do I need? How easy is it to use a laser for cutting and engraving? I would like to give you three personal tips:

Tip 1: Examine the laser machine that you want to buy in detail.

This includes checking the technical data including work area, available laser power and accessories. Is the work area suitable for your applications, now and in the future? Are accessories, such as a rotary engraving attachment, able to be retrofitted to your laser? By examining these options in detail upfront you are assured of making the right decision for your business, both in the short and long term, as well as securing an advantage over your competitors.

Tip 2: Ask about the range of services included with your laser purchase.

Your investment in a laser machine needs to be well planned. Does the laser provider inform you of possible financing options for the purchase? Does the manufacturer offer demonstrations, material tests, training opportunities and helpful support long after the contract is signed? Always choose a laser provider whose support doesn’t end with a signature on the purchase contract or after delivery of the laser system. Once you have purchased the laser machine, during the "every day" running of your business, you will need to have access to a wide range of services for your laser. When it comes to servicing, support that comes directly from the manufacturer is worth its weight in gold, because nobody knows the laser as well as the manufacturer’s service team does.

Tip 3: “The best” laser is determined by your individual needs. Compare!

Get as much information about products, servicing and support services that you can and compare the offers.

My team and I have put together a guide to help you in your purchase decision. Our guide “10 questions you should ask yourself before buying a laser machine” highlights the different aspects in detail and serves as a guide. Download the guide

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More about the author: Peter Brandtner

Peter Brandtner has been advising Trotec customers for more than 15 years. As Head of Trotec Academy and the application laboratory, his focus is on the international training and coaching of Trotec customers and employees.