Conclusion: Is a “China Laser” a good entry-level laser?
The low initial investment for a “China Laser” is definitely tempting. Especially if it’s a hobby, the price is often the main criterion when buying. Schools and universities use Chinese lasers because they get a large work area and a lot of laser power for a limited budget. But at what price? The safety of laser users must be guaranteed in public spaces such as universities, schools or MakerSpaces. This is where private individuals work with engraving machines, usually after only a brief introduction to the laser.
Maintenance costs and costs for wear parts are disregarded in this calculation. If you include the cost of replacing a laser tube and the downtime costs of a laser machine, the costs for a Chinese laser rocket.
The optimal interaction of laser machine and exhaust system is another important point for the engraving quality. The Trotec Atmos exhaust system product line communicates with the 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, the lasered material is soiled as little as possible and the engraving result is optimized.
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.