Our Co2 Laser…

A little curious about what we do, and how we do it? Lets give you the Cook’s tour..

This is my CNC (Computerised Numerically Controlled) Co2 laser machine – It’s an 80 Watt British designed and built laser made by CTR in Northampton.

There is an industrial Chiller unit to cool the laser tube allowing continuous tube operation and a Purex HEPA fume extraction system which sucks all of the smoke (natural part of laser cutting) out and filters out all particles and smells. This is a proper serious industrial setup.

Laser Tube
80 Watt CO2 Laser tube

I program it using a fast PC running CorelDRAW 2019 graphics suite (for Vector Graphics), Affinity Photo (Nottingham Based, proud to Keep It Local!) for Raster Graphics , PhotoGRAV3.1 for photo image to etch conversion and lastly LaserCut 5.3 to drive the beast.

Specifications and information on the beast are available on the manufacturer’s website

So what’ll it do..

“Soooo, what can your 80W CO2 laser cutter / etching machine actually do”? I hear you ask… I’ll tell you what a CO2 laser can’t do first – its shorter.

Co2 lasers can’t cut metal, stone or glass. They can mark metal permanently using special compounds, but they won’t cut metal, stone or glass. They do everything else though – including etching stone, slate, glass (round, flat, mirror) fabric, leather, perspex, wood, etc in precise beautiful detail.

The laser will slice through fabrics and materials – leaving a very smooth and precise edge. It will cut up to 12mm thick Perspex and 6mm thick wood

The laser beam thickness is 0.1mm – thinner than a hair – and the CNC accuracy is such that items cut out can be assembled using nothing but a small mallet or hammer – no glue required – tight tolerances.

So now you know what the Laser capabilities are why not nip back to the gallery and look at some pictures of things we’ve produced, or get in touch with any questions or ideas