This flatbed laser cutter delivers a unique combination of compact physical size, low operating cost, ease-of-use, and high operational versatility. This makes it useful for processing a broad mix of materials, ranging from metals and plastics, to organic materials like leather, textiles, or wood. Rapid switching between jobs without the downtime of lengthy setup supports economical production of lot sizes from single units to volumes of over 1000 pieces.
The META 5C laser cutting machine integrates a 250 W or 450 W CO2 laser, CNC controller, beam delivery system, assist gas delivery system, and laser cutting head, all contained in a highly compact frame with a table size of 4’ x 4’ (1.2 m x 1.2 m). The higher power model is capable of cutting and marking metals, such as stainless steel, mild steel, and aluminum. Both models readily cut, mark, and engrave a wide range of non-metal materials, such as wood, plastics, rubber, thin films, composites, and other organics, in thicknesses of up to 1.25” (31.75 mm). The job files can be supplied to the system in DXF, DWG, AI, HPGL, Gerber, JPG, BMP or TIF format. These files are then converted to a machine control file with the appropriate laser power settings and cutting speeds for optimized production.
Material can be rapidly loaded into the machine, and is held in place by a vacuum bed. An integrated smart vision system identifies fiducial marks on the work piece. These enable cutting that’s referenced to existing features on material regardless of its orientation in the machine, thus eliminating the need to position material with high precision. The software can even scale or distort the cutting pattern to correct for any dimensional changes in the material from the originally specified values.