Studio laser -vs- full size lasers
The first and most obvious difference in a true table top lasers is
that it has close to half the power that the full size unit. With
this decrease in power, you will have to use silver laser wire to be
able to weld silver. The Studio laser welder will weld 10K, 14K,
18K, 22K, 24K, Platinum, titanium and stainless steel very easily.
The Studio laser will weld 3 welds per second while the full size
version will weld up to 20 welds per second. Full size units have
pulse shaping which is good for metals which show micro-cracks when
welded. Some steels and white gold benefit from this feature. All
laser welds benefit from the use of Argon and the studio has a
fantastic argon delivery system.
The full size versions have more bells and whistles but they both
extremely precise and your welds are exactly the same on both a full
size and studio size laser. They are both extremely accurate. They
are both very powerful. You can drill holes in 3mm thick gold rings
and fill porosity. You can drill out broken drill bits with both.
You can re-tip prongs with the stones in place. You can rebuild
channel walls quickly and easily. The disadvantage is the Studio has
a smaller welding chamber but it is more than sufficient for all
The Studio laser takes 110V and is easily moved from your store to a
home studio. It fits into your trunk or back seat of your car. This
makes it practical to take to shows for quick repairs or
modifications on necklaces.
If all you do is sterling silver, the studio may not be the machine
you want. If you do a variety of all metals in a medium volume work
environment, the Studio Laser welder would be an excellent tool and
should be considered.
I hope this has helped answer your questions.
Phillip Scott G.G.