Here we present our best pick of the best laser engraver machines of 2021. Acquiring the laser cutter that will fulfill your needs may not be as expensive as you might think. In the past, it was only large companies that could afford laser cutters, but with new technology they have become available at affordable prices. While they are still not dirt-cheap, if you need a laser cutter in your home it is definitely possible to do so.
There are many things that need to be considered before picking a laser engraver to buy. Assuming that you are buying a laser cutter for commercial purposes (i.e. creating products that you can sell) rather than using it as a hobby, you will need a reliable and durable machine that will not let you down. You must also take into account the cost of replacement components, should you need to fix the machine at any stage, especially if you are intending to open a production shop. Fast, easy fixes are essential as to not slow down production and lose you money!
Last but not least, make 100% sure that you have enough space for the laser cutter in the space you intend to use it in. You must allow for ventilation as well as the footprint of the machine. Take notice of the area of the engraving/cutting area on the machine you select, and ensure that it will fit whatever you intend to cut on it.
Now that you know what you have to look out for, let’s look at the best laser cutters in 2021!
Let’s kick off this list with a very capable all round laser cutter that is on sale right now. It can cut basically every material (apart from metal) from plywood to acrylic to leather, cloth, glass and so many more! You can send your drawings for cutting to the machine via a USB and through CorelDraw (a graphical design program). It also features a positioning system that uses a red light to position your materials in exactly the right spot. It may just be the best laser engraver for the money.
The Orion Motor Tech 100W CO2 is a slightly more expensive machine, but it can handle most materials and even a few metals. It features an impressively big cutting surface that is almost four feet by four feet, and a “pass-thru” feature that allows the machine to engrave and cut objects that would not be possible on other engravers due to their size. It has plenty of compatibility with existing programs, including CorelDraw, AutoCAD, and Adobe Illustrator. Communication between these programs and the machine is achieved through a USB port.
This option is most definitely on the expensive and premium end of the spectrum, the 130W Reci W4 C02 laser tube engraver cutter is a huge cutter and engraver that features an engraving plate size of 900 x 1300mm. It is accurate and fast, while also being able to handle a wide variety of materials that are not metal, like bamboo, paper, rubber, and glass. Similar to the above options, it is compatible with CorelDraw and AutoCAD, along with many other file formats.
The Triumph Fiber Laser Cutting Machine is the first specialist metal laser cutter on this list. It is perfect for engraving metals, and comes with quite a hefty price tag! For this big price tag however, you receive a comprehensive machine that features a cutting area of 200 x 200mm,and cuts at a speed of 9,000mm. It also features a touch-screen interface that the user can interact with, and work with files of many formats including, .JPG, .CAD, and .PLT. Aluminium, copper, stainless steel, silver, and gold are all able to be cut without shadowing due to a galvanometer specifically designed for high speed.
The OMTech 40 W Laser Engraver and Cutter is a compact, cost-efficient laser cutter with a cutting area of 300 x 200m, maximum speed of 80 mm/s, and resolution of ratio of 4500 dpi. This is a perfect entry level model if you are trying to get started in the world of laser cutting. It can also be upgraded and modified which can be a fun challenge for the user.
So what do you think about this list of the best laser engraver machines and laser cutters? Will you be picking one up for your home? If you are, please let us know which model and what you will be using it for in the comments below. We would love to know!