Fiber laser cutting machines give fabricators a quick and effective way to cut sheet metal. These lasers provide more precise and cleaner cuts than CO2 lasers and have a longer lifespan. Since their introduction in 2008, fiber laser systems have become veritable workhorses in the fabrication industry. They may not be the least expensive metal cutting systems available, but the cost-effeciency benefits they can bring to small shops and large-scale manufacturers alike are enormous. While the price and operating costs of a fiber laser system depend greatly on the design, type, and capability of the laser, businesses can expect to pay in the range of $200,000 to $600,000 for a quality machine. Of course, some fully automated, high-volume systems may cost more, but a laser system provider can give you a better idea about prices as well as the operational costs as it relates to a shop like yours.


Including operational and annual maintenance expenses in laser equipment costs is an accurate way to determine the final system cost. With that figure, you’ll be able to get a clearer sense of whether a fiber laser system can help you meet production goals for less money. You may already have a good idea about how much it costs your shop to create certain products, so the evaluation, while necessarily detailed, will be based on relevant data. It should be even more accurate if your fiber laser machine provider has the knowledge and experience to help you make your determination.

As you research your options in laser cutting machines, keep in mind these two primary sources of fiber laser cost:


Operating costs vary, but according to available industry data, the average cost to run a 4kW CO2 laser cutter is about $12.73 per hour. Compare that to a 4kW fiber laser system, which has an average per-hour cost of $6.24, and you’ll see why the latter may be more worth it for some facilities. Also, it’s important to remember that fiber laser systems can cut a wide variety of materials in a range of thicknesses and to a higher level of accuracy, using a contactless process that’s repeatable.


First, unlike traditional cutting systems that can take up to 10 minutes to start up, fiber lasers do not require a long set-up or any warm-up time. So, right away, a fiber laser system can save you time. When it comes to the cutting process, fiber laser machines are capable of cutting up to five times faster than a conventional CO2 laser. In addition to reducing your production time, a fiber laser system may save you money on maintenance. That’s because fiber laser cutting machines feature a solid-state design that requires fewer moving parts. So, in a nutshell, the high cutting speeds of fiber lasers translate into lower operational costs.


Alpha Lazer offers cost-efficient fiber laser solutions for a range of manufacturing needs. As a company dedicated to helping professional fabricators succeed, we can integrate fiber laser tables that feature advanced technology to suit any type of metal fabrication, from flat plates to round pipes, of all ferrous and non-ferrous materials including steel, aluminum, copper, and brass. For more information, contact Alpha Lazer. One of our fiber laser specialists can help you decide which one of our systems is right for your shop.




Kerns Punia, owner of AccuCut Laser located in Surrey, Canada, explains why he chose Alpha Lazer™ and the Fiber PRO 3015 6kW fiber laser cutting system.




"Alpha Lazer exceeded our expectations with their high-quality Fiber Laser machine and exceptional customer support. I highly recommend them for any manufacturing needs." Tom Johnson, owner of Baldwin Metals in Dallas, Texas

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