Versatility is a major part of this technology. The intensity of the lasers used can be adjusted to allow different applications. Of course, each individual laser will be made for a set purpose, although more complex models will be able to handle various levels through an optical switch. This means that you can cut, mark and score a sheet of metal with amazing precision and without having to use any subsidiary tools to complete the job.
As previously suggested, lasers, and in particular fiber lasers, offer amazing accuracy. They can perform the most complex tasks to within fractions of a millimetre, time and time again. As this is a seamless process it is cleaner, involves less wastage and will ordinarily be quicker than any equivalent technologies.
Because a single fiber laser is able to achieve so many different operations through a single device, you can help save yourself time and money within your workshop. Why would you need a standalone welding area, saw or even a drill? A fiber laser can perform the functions of each with greater efficiency.
The cost savings filter down even further, with savings to be made in maintenance and within the electricity it actually requires. The diode used in a fiber laser can last for anything up to 100,000 hours, that is five times the lifespan of the average YAG equivalent. So you won’t have to worry about replacing it every few weeks and you can save all the expense (both in terms of the replacement laser and any downtime costs incurred) that is associated with replacing a diode.
But whilst they last five times longer than a YAG diode, fiber lasers are also 20 times more efficient. In these ecologically aware times, this energy saving can be hugely beneficial. Obviously apart from boosting your green credentials, you will also find that you have to spend less to perform the same function.
Due to the complexities of some jobs, you do occasionally need a tool that is able to handle minute intricacies. For example, fiber lasers are often used in micromachining, in which microscopic components are created or fixed with intricate details. The slender nature of the laser and its ability maintain a steady, unwavering path make it absolutely ideal for this kind of highly sophisticated work.
Essentially, the defining feature of any kind of laser is the accuracy that it can achieve. Working within the tiniest constraints, a fiber laser is able to provide immaculate results in a matter of seconds. No other tool in the world can get close to this kind of efficiency and precisions, which is why these are becoming so essential in many industries and workshops right throughout the world.
They are both versatile and exact, two qualities that have helped to establish a growing reputation. A fiber laser can go between high powers that can cut through and weld thick metal sheets, whilst also being subtle enough to etch small intricate markings on a surface.