Laser marking and cutting machines
The spectrum of imes-icore laser systems
ranges from simple engraving of plastics, wood or metal right through to cutting foils and flat materials.
To allow the application group a simple selection at the appropriate machine system, we divide our laser machines in:
Economy-Serie - Laser systems with low installation area for training and prototyping or small batches
Industry-Serie - Laser systems for serial production of router products with long travel
Premium-Serie - Laser systems for the processing of high-precision parts, such as the Micro Laser Cutting
Unique systems such as the economical i-las diode laser enable the engraving of plastics and foams. The i-las PLATINUM laser is based on the imes-icore PLATINUM concept. The highest quality materials are used here, in order to achieve maximum accuracy. With a fibre laser up to 1000 Watt, the i-las PLATINUM also enables the cutting of metals in larger thicknesses.
In our FAQ section you will find answers to the most important questions concerning the purchase of a laser cutting machine or a laser marking system. The questions are those that are often asked of our sales department. The answers include many important and necessary background information about our laser machines, which will make your selection easier.
The questions about our laser systems are divided into different topics.
The delivery time for a laser cutting machine depends on the equipment requirements of the customer. Demonstration systems, however, are immediately ready for use.
When answering this question must be taken into account which laser system you want to buy. On the one hand, there are laser marking systems that can be purchased from approx. 26,000 euros. However, the subscription price always depends on the level of expansion required by the customer for his marking system. On the other hand, there are laser cutting machines that start at around 80,000 euros. Again, both the laser power and the travel has an impact on the price of the laser cutting machine.
Every now and then we offer used laser equipment. Either these are demonstration machines or trade-ins for new laser machines. When you buy a new laser cutting machine you can save a lot of money in this way. Therefore, we recommend that you regularly inquire about current offers.
In addition to a rough classification in terms of workplace size laser systems can be divided into laser marking and laser cutting machines. Laser marking systems are cheaper from their initial cost and allow the engraving of surfaces such. As metal, wood or ceramics. That is why they are also called laser engraving systems. In contrast, if the laser is to be used for laser cutting, a higher-quality laser cutting machine is used, which has a suitable laser source for the respective application. These can be categorized into marking lasers and cutting lasers. The former allow the engraving of surfaces. Taking into account the material, different laser sources are used for this purpose. To mark larger parts, optional axle systems can be offered. Laser cutting machines, however, differ in terms of cutting sources and power ratings. This depends on the thickness of the material to be cut. Similarly, one can build laser cutting machines with different travel paths.
There are various configuration options for the systems. A laser cutting system must be equipped with an extraction system in any case. Otherwise, vapors may be produced which may be harmful to your health. In addition, you can equip a cutting machine with a camera to determine the position of the sheet or sheets or to correct if necessary. Other realizable extensions are red-light pointers for use in zero-point finding as well as clamping devices or tube receptacles.
Every new laser cutting machine or laser marking system is guaranteed for 12 months. On request, this can of course be increased to fair terms to 24 months. Furthermore, the maintenance of laser cutting machines can be performed at regular intervals by our service staff. For this we offer service contracts.
The cleaning and cleaning of a laser system can be carried out directly by the customer. The same applies to minor maintenance work. We recommend determining the maintenance intervals based on the capacity utilization of the system. For single-shift operation, we recommend at least one maintenance per year. In multi-shift operation, maintenance should be carried out every six months.
Our service is there for you from Monday to Friday.
Upon request, our laser machines can be retrofitted with several optional equipment, such as the installation of a stronger laser source or the retrofitting of a rotary axis.
The required laser power is matched to the respective laser application. With 10 - 30 watts it is possible to mark different materials or to remove coatings. Thanks to the laser, paper, foams, leather or metals can be engraved. If sheet metal materials are to be cut by laser, a laser output of 500 watts is required. Depending on the sheet thickness of the materials to be cut, we offer fiber lasers with up to 2000 watts, which also have a high cutting speed.
Laser machines require a suitable power connection as well as dry, oil-free compressed air and both a connection for shielding gas and oxygen in accordance with the laser source.
Important elements of a cutting machine include the laser beam source, the laser beam guide (focusing optics) and the cutting nozzle. If CO² lasers are used, the cutting machine usually consists of a fixed laser beam source and a flying optics.
In laser cutting, light is amplified by stimulated emission into a beam. The resulting laser beam strikes the material surface during cutting, where it is absorbed and heats the material. This heat vaporizes or liquefies the material in the kerf and at the same time blows it out of the joint with a protective gas. This results in very little waste during laser cutting, which benefits the economic operation of the laser cutting machine.
With our laser cutting machines with CO2 laser sources, almost all types of wood such as poplar wood, birch plywood, aircraft plywood, beech plywood or MDF boards can be lasered. The lasering of wood even offers the advantage of particularly smooth cutting edges without the need for improvement. Finally, the wood is not burned when lasing, but only goes into the gaseous state. Light brown to dark brown discoloration may occur only on the edge (depending on the wood species and wood thickness).
With the fiber laser of our premium laser cutting machine you can laser cut thin sheets up to 5mm sheet thickness and metal sheets such as copper, aluminum or bronze with high cutting speed.
If you want to give your products a touch of individuality or a personal touch, laser engraving or marking is just the thing for you. When laser engraving, you can mark a wide variety of designs on virtually any material. Popular examples of this include serial numbers and batch names as well as company logos or names. In laser marking, the material is strongly heated by the laser marking system. This is done by a laser beam that burns or vaporizes the material. The result is durable and resistant to abrasion. Another advantage of laser marking is its simplicity. If a graphic has been created using a computer program, it can simply be sent to the laser marking system. This engraves the desired graphic on the selected material.