laser safety

Laser Safety

Trotec laser machines​ offer a safe working environment

Laser machines are divided into internationally valid classes based on their performance and the risk of injury for eyes and skin connected therewith: Class 1 offers the highest safety. With devices of class 4, laser radiation can be emitted. The use of protective equipment (e.g. protection goggles) is necessary here. Trotec lasers contain a CO2 or a fiber laser source, or both laser sources in the Speedy Flexx systems.


How safe are Trotec laser machines?

By means of the closed design of the Trotec lasers, the laser user is optimally protected. This concept additionally allows for rapid and efficient extraction of dust and gas. The closed Trotec flat bed laser machines belong to laser class 2. Why only laser class 2? Laser pointers are built into Trotec devices, in order to show the user where the laser impinges the material. According to the internationally valid standard, laser pointers with an output of less than one milliwatt belong to laser class 2.

Except laser machines with laser class 4

If the Trotec laser plotter is equipped with a hatch, the chassis has an opening through which the laser radiation can exit. Such laser devices thus fall into laser class 4. A similar situation results with Trotec lasers with galvo technology. The laser must be classified into laser class 4 if it doesn't have a corresponding housing.
Laser devices of the safety class 4 may then only be operated with special protective gear (protective glass, shields, protection goggles).
Please contact us for personal information and advice regarding the topic of laser safety.


Classification of the laser safety classes:

Laser systems of class 1:

The accessible laser radiation of this class is harmless - even with prolonged radiation, or the laser is housed in a radiation-impervious manner.

Laser systems of class 2:

These comprise visible lasers (e.g. laser pointers with an output below 1mW), which are only safe for the eyes with short-term radiation below 0.25 seconds.

Laser systems of class 3:

The accessible laser radiation is in any case dangerous for the eye. Please also pay particular attention to reflections (e.g. by reflective material surfaces). Trotec does not have any laser system with laser class 3.

Laser systems of class 4:

Here, damages to eyes and skin can be caused or fires can be triggered within the danger zone of the laser. With this laser class, the user is obliged to fully comply with protection provisions.


Which safety class do the individual Trotec laser machines have?

Product overview Laser performance (in Watt) Laser type Safety class Protective measures necessary
Laser engraving devices        
Speedy 100 12-60 W CO2 2 no
Speedy 100 Fiber 10-30 W Fiber 2 no
Speedy 100 Flexx 40-60 W CO2
10-30 W Fiber
CO2 and fiber 2 no
Speedy 300 12-120 W CO2 2 no
Speedy 300 Fiber 10-50 W Fiber 2 no
Speedy 300 Flexx 12-120 W CO2
10-50 W Fiber
CO2 and fiber 2 no
Speedy 360 40-120 W CO2 CO2 2 no
Speedy 360 Fiber 10-50 W Fiber Fiber 2 no
Speedy 360 Flexx 40-120 W CO2
10-50 W Fiber
CO2 and fiber 2 no
Speedy 400 * 40-120 W CO2 2 no
Speedy 400 Fiber* 10-50 W Fiber 2 no
Speedy 400 Flexx* 40-120 W CO2
10-50 W Fiber
CO2 and fiber 2 no
         
Laserati

100 or 200 W

CO2 2 no
         
Laser cutting devices        
SP 500 * 40-200 W CO2 2 no
SP 1500 60-400 W CO2 2 no
SP 2000 60-400 W CO2 2 no
SP 3000 60-400 W CO2 2 no
         
Galvo laser devices - marking lasers        
SpeedMarker 100 (without lifting door) 10-50 W Fiber 4 yes
SpeedMarker 300* 10-50 W Fiber 2 no
SpeedMarker 700 30-45 W CO2
10-50 W Fiber
CO2 and fiber 2 no
SpeedMarker 1300 10-50 W Fiber 2 no
ProMarker 100 10-20 W Fiber 4 yes
ProMarker 300* 10-20 W Fiber 2 no
         
OEM Galvo Laser        
SpeedMarker FL 10-50 W Fiber 4 yes
SpeedMarker CL 30-45 W CO2 4 yes
ProMarker OEM 10-20 W Fiber 4 yes
         
Laser system for high-quality printed products        
GS1000 100 W CO2 2 no
GS1200 100 W CO2 2 no
         
SpeedCutter 100 - 400 W Fiber
4 - 25 W Femto
Fiber and Femto 2 no
         
*if the laser is equipped with an optional hatch     4 yes