Is a Dual Source Laser Machine Right for You?

Three questions to ask when considering a dual source laser machine.

Bottle openers engraved with a dual source Epilog laser machine

In the laser market, you’ll notice that there has been a large increase in the number of dual source laser system options. The reason for this? The demand is there! There is a very appealing aspect to having more options with one laser system. With a dual source system, you can choose the best laser source for your application, quickly and easily.

For those new to lasers, the dual source systems to which we’re referring include both CO2 and fiber laser sources in one laser system. The CO2 laser is a very versatile frequency of laser and works well with wood, acrylic, plastic, glass, marble and much more. What the CO2 systems don’t do, however, is engrave depth into metal, which is where the addition of the fiber laser source comes into play. Depending on the system, you either can switch out the sources, or they both operate in tandem, and you just choose when you want to use each source.

The benefit of a dual laser source is the versatility of the system. But what other situations make a dual source system the right choice for your application?

1. Are you planning on primarily using only one source?

Will you be running the CO2 laser 85% of the time because you’ll only occasionally have the need for the fiber laser? Then the dual source is a great way to add the additional material processing capabilities without adding a second machine to your shop floor.

A tool engraved with an Epilog Laser dual source machine

It’s important to remember that with the dual source you can only use one laser source at a time, so you won’t be able to do both CO2 and fiber jobs simultaneously. If you plan to keep both the CO2 and fiber lasers busy 100% of the time, then purchasing a CO2 system and fiber system separately may be a better option for you.

2. Do you have limited space?

If you have limited shop floor space, a dual source system can be a very appealing option. If you have the space for only one machine, then a dual source is a great way to maximize the capabilities of your machinery without needing to expand your physical work space.

A bed of metal plates marked with an Epilog fiber laser

3. Does your product contain both metal and another material?

Do you have a product that contains both metal and wood areas that you’d like to customize? Or plastic and steel? How about chrome and leather? Then a dual source might be the right choice for your application. A dual source system allows you to engrave with both the CO2 laser (wood, acrylic, leather, etc.) and fiber laser (metal) in a single job sent to the laser.

A chrome and leather flask engraved with both a CO2 and fiber laser in one Epilog dual source laser machine

So, now you can better decide if a dual source system is the right choice for you. By going into the purchasing process with the right questions to ask yourself, you’ll be better prepared to decide if a single dual source system or two separate CO2 and fiber lasers are right for your situation.

If you’re interested in more information on Epilog’s Fusion M2 dual source systems, contact us to set up a demonstration with the distributor in your area to see which option is right for your situation.

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