Conclusion: Do Chinese lasers make good entry-level lasers?
The initial low investment for a Chinese laser is often tempting for first time laser owners, which is particularly true for hobbyists, where the price is often the deciding factor for purchase. Educational institutions such as schools and universities will often opt for a Chinese laser as they can get a lot of laser power for a limited budget. This is where safety plays an important part. The safety of laser users must be guaranteed in public spaces such as universities, schools or MakerSpaces. In such institutions private users work with the laser cutting machine usually after a brief introduction to the technology.
The initial cost is also deceptive in regard to maintenance costs. Whilst the machines initial outlay is significantly cheaper than a western competitor, the costs of replacing laser tubes and the incurred downtime make the cost of a Chinese laser rocket.
The interaction between the laser machine and extraction system is another key consideration in terms of the finished quality of the laser engraving result. The Trotec Atmos exhaust system product line communicates with the Trotec laser machine at all times. For example, the exhaust system can be activated at the same time as the laser process and keeps running after the laser process. Dust and gas are removed as best as possible and the lasered material is soiled as little as possible, optimising the laser engraving result.
If you want the laser to contribute to your economic success and your productivity, we recommend using a western product. What initially looks like high costs becomes easy to finance through leasing offers.