A CO2 laser uses a gas mixture to create the laser beam. The necessary high voltage in the resonator is created with the help of wear-free semiconductor excitation modules. Bystronic relies on such modules since they are smaller, more efficient and reliable than traditional solutions. The CO2 technology is suited for allrounders who process various materials and thick sheet metal.
Fiber lasers are the newest development in laser cutting. The laser beam is created by an active fiber and transmitted over a transport fiber to the machine cutting head. Fiber lasers are significantly smaller than CO2 lasers and generate twice as much power from the same amount of current. A fiber cutting system is primarily suited for processing thin to medium-thick sheet metal. It also cuts non-ferrous metals (copper and brass).