Plasma Cutting Vs. Laser Cutting Robots

Aug 6, 2014

When considering plasma cutting or laser cutting, it is important to keep in mine a few differences. Plasma cutting is less expensive than laser cutting. Laser cutting is a more powerful robotic application, using a focused beam of light for cutting purposes, but at a much greater price than plasma cutting.


Cut­ting appli­ca­tions have been around for many years, and many of these appli­ca­tions do not use a tra­di­tion­al cut­ting tool for their process – they use gas­es and lasers to cut dif­fer­ent kinds of met­als. Two of these appli­ca­tions, plas­ma cut­ting and laser cut­ting, can be auto­mat­ed, which means that robots are used to per­form the cut­ting tasks. How­ev­er, plas­ma cut­ting is far less expen­sive than laser cut­ting, which is some­thing that a man­u­fac­tur­er may not know when look­ing into dif­fer­ent robot­ic applications.

When peo­ple think of laser cut­ting, their mind prob­a­bly goes to some sci­ence fic­tion movie with pow­er­ful lasers that could go through met­al sev­er­al feet thick with no prob­lems. While laser cut­ting is a pow­er­ful robot­ic appli­ca­tion, it does have many draw­backs. Because the process of laser cut­ting uses a focused beam of light for its cut­ting process, the tool­ing used in laser cut­ting is much more expen­sive than what is used for a plas­ma cut­ting robot – some­times as much as 50 times more expensive.

Because of this expense, plas­ma cut­ting robot­ic sys­tems are usu­al­ly the way man­u­fac­tur­ers will choose to go. How­ev­er, if a com­pa­ny does have the mon­ey, it may choose a laser cut­ting robot­ic sys­tem over a robot­ic plas­ma cut­ting sys­tem because the laser appli­ca­tion is up to 10 times faster than the plas­ma sys­tem. So, if mon­ey is no option, or if speed is more impor­tant than the mon­ey spent, some com­pa­nies may choose to go with laser cut­ting over the plas­ma cut­ting robot­ic option.

Are you weigh­ing your options between laser cut­ting vs plas­ma cut­ting robots and want to know more? If so, then you should call Robots​.com pro­vides robots from sev­er­al dif­fer­ent robot­ics com­pa­nies, includ­ing Fanuc, Motoman, KUKA, Uni­ver­sal Robots, and ABB. Our staff will work with you to find you the right robot­ic cut­ting sys­tem for your facil­i­ty and your budget.

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