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CO2 Lasers

What is a CO2 laser?

CO2 lasers are used in a variety of ways in manufacturing and have found their place among industry and private use. What is a CO2 laser actually? The following information will help break down this type of laser system:

  • Invented by Kumar Patel in 1964
  • Uses Carbon Dioxide gas(CO2)
  • Beam falls under the infrared spectrum.
  • Works by passing a current in vacuum with the gas, this is then focused by mirrors to single point.
  • Beam diameter -depends on the system used. .100um to 20mm for example.
  • Good for cutting insulating material such as plastics, paper, wood- Non-conductive materials.
  • Not suitable for conductive or shiny materials.
  • Used in healthcare for “resurfacing” therapies of human skin as well.
  • Used in industry to cut many materials- Tolerance depends on system and power, but can be +/- .005” mils.