I test drove a Rofin for half a day. Not really enough to get to
know the machine. I used an older Crafford full sized for a while. It
seemed OK. I currently have a Neutec studio laser. Its OK too but
there are a few things about it.
Its small, which is good if space is a problem but the chamber is
small too. Sometimes just a big bangle requires creative positioning.
After awhile of welding with high settings the machine will overheat.
Supposedly its not dangerous but work comes to a standstill til it
cools off. Its cheap by comparison to full sized models. Cheap enough
that I put up with the downers. If I had another 20 grand lying
around unemployed I would have opted for the full size Rofin. Better
is always better. But they call it ‘Studio’ for a reason. Its good
dependable(so far) lasering at a lower cost. If you have in mind
high production of all sorts of materials, the Rofin may be better
for you. You have to bear in mind "will I make money with it?’ Being
able to do everything is only profitable if you can book a lot of
everything. Excess capacity is a drain.
I think the Rofin has an advantage with its sweet spot technology.
Its hard for me to compare because like I said I didn’t spend a lot
of time on it. But there have been cases where with the Neutec I just
couldn’t get the weld I wanted. I suspect the sweetspot thingie would
be helpful. Although I haven’t hooked up argon to my machine yet so
it might be as simple as that. The Crafford had a hard pedal, the
Neutec is light. Spend a few hours on the laser and that becomes an
Like the junkyard guy in Mad Max asks, “Speed costs money, how fast
do you wanna go?”
I would add one last thing. With a studio laser, its easier to buy
outright. 15 vs 35 grand. If you lease a big machine you will have
monthly payments which in times like we may expect to come soon, a
lot of recurring debt can add up to making things difficult. I
bought mine and really glad of it