Best affordable laser cutter

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The best affordable laser cutter.

With R Series laser machines, we have developed the optimal entry-level machine for laser cutting, engraving and marking. These laser machines can produce an array of applications and are an affordable solution for entry-level laser users, paying for themselves relatively quickly when frequently used.

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Before you buy: Important considerations about the best affordable laser cutter

When investing in a laser, you don't always need the most expensive or even the largest machine. The machine you choose should fit your business model and be suitable for the applications and products you want to produce.

Before investing, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What working area do I require? 
  • What are the dimensions of most of the objects I want to process?
  • What materials do I want to process and what thickness? These answers determine the laser power you’ll need.
  • Will I need accessories, such as the rotary engraving attachment?
  • Do I want to be able to offer customers added value and additional products?

You will have questions about laser technology that the supplier should be able to answer. Some of these topics include:

  • Possible finance options
  • Do they offer material testing, training, product demos and helpful support, before and after-sale?
  • What else does the laser salesperson offer you?

It’s essential for the day-to-day running of your business that you’re able to fall back on fast and reliable support, preferably direct from the manufacturer in case of an emergency.

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What can be produced with the best affordable Trotec laser cutter?

R series laser cutters are designed for reliable production, offering more than just a cutting tool. 

Characteristics of Trotec’s R Series:
With a working area of up to 1300 x 900 mm and a CO₂ DC laser source, these laser cutters are suitable for processing standard material panel sizes.

R series lasers easily cut and engrave acrylic and wood with material thicknesses up to 15 mm alongside a range of other materials, including textiles and papers in different thicknesses.

Below is a comparison of the working areas of our affordable laser cutters:
 

  R400 R500
Working area 1030 x 630 mm 1300 x 900 mm
Laser power CO2 60 - 100 watts 120 watts
Cutting thickness 12 mm 15 mm

What materials can the R Series process?

  Engrave Cut
Acrylics
Glass -
Plastic sheets
Leather
Paper
Plastics
Stone -
Textiles
Wood

Who is the R series designed for?

Many businesses use R series laser cutters, including signs makers, fashion and gift manufacturers, toymakers, designers, model makers, prototype construction and more.

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Advantages at a glance:

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Cost-effective, robust, reliable.

R Series laser cutters are developed in Austria include lower purchase costs, robust mechanics and reliable electronics.

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Cut and engrave a wide variety of materials.

Easily produce models and prototypes made of cardboard, plywood or thin acrylic, as well as signage, gifts, decorative items or toys.

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Clean and accurate.

You can legibly engrave fonts starting from as small as 6 points.

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Cost-effective, robust, reliable.

R Series laser cutters are developed in Austria include lower purchase costs, robust mechanics and reliable electronics.

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Cut and engrave a wide variety of materials.

Easily produce models and prototypes made of cardboard, plywood or thin acrylic, as well as signage, gifts, decorative items or toys.

manage-blue.svg
Clean and accurate.

You can legibly engrave fonts starting from as small as 6 points.

What are the purchase costs?

The purchase costs of a laser cutter depend on the configuration and equipment. Each machine is configured individually according to our customer's requirements, making asking the price of a laser machine like asking the price of a car. Without knowing the customer's needs, you can’t make a general statement about this.

You should develop a clear business plan, including details about what products you want to manufacture and the customer group you want to target. This will help you identify the laser power needed to achieve your goals. Other important considerations are the working, alongside custom accessories such as exhaust systems and processing tables. All of these factors contribute to the overall price of your laser machine. 
 

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High safety standards, functional design and optimal ergonomics – what’s important to know?

Safety, operating ergonomics and functional design are important for your daily work with a laser cutter. Trotec's R Series offers maximum visibility into the laser cabinet – a viewing window allows users to see work progress at any point, even from a distance. The workpiece can be easily positioned thanks to its ergonomic and open design.

Safety features of the R series:

  • CE-certified according to: Safety of machines EN 60204-1, safety of laser products IEC 60825-1/-4/-14, IT equipment EN 55022, 55024, low-voltage switchgear and controlgear assemblies IEC 60439-1.
  • The class 2 laser cutter features a double interlock system and laser safety shutter system to protect the laser user
  • Built-in emergency stop and key switch

How do you correctly operate a laser cutter? What do you need to know?

Laser machines require software to control them. With Trotec software you can send files from all image processing and CAD programs, including CorelDraw, Photopaint and Adobe Illustrator directly to the laser machine. It’s similar to a printer driver. This software is included when you purchase one of our laser machines and is relatively easy to install on your PC.

How much laser maintenance is required?

Cleaning effort is minimal even with our best affordable laser cutters. All sensitive components such as lenses and linear guides are protected from dust and dirt by our InPack Technology™ with integrated air flushing.

The service life of the best affordable laser cutter

All Trotec flatbed lasers, including the high-end Speedy series and the best affordable laser cutters are protected from dust and dirt by our InPack Technology™. This technology has been designed for everyday use, while our training for the optimal handling of the machine and system maintenance by Trotec technical support ensure a long service life.

What is the service life of Trotec laser machines? 

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