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<p>If you're looking to cut metal or other similar materials, you'll find multiple options. Two of the most popular options are fiber lasers and plasma cutters. Both a<span> </span><span class="highlight highlightrequired">plasma cutter</span><span> </span>and a<span> </span><span class="highlight highlightrequired">fiber cutter</span><span> </span>can produce fantastic results. But for many applications, one will be clearly better than the other.</p>
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<h2>Laser Cutters</h2>
<p>Laser cutters can cut everything from plastic to metal. Within the laser cutter industry, there are two major types of laser cutter: CO2 and fiber. Fiber cutting is a relatively new technology and provides superior overall quality. </p>
<p>Regardless, fiber lasers are fast, precise, and focused. They have a cutting precision up to 0.05 mm and don't damage the product they're cutting — they are non-contact. But there is a downside: fiber lasers tend to be more expensive than a<span> </span><span class="highlight highlightrequired">plasma cutter</span>.</p>
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<h2>Plasma Cutters</h2>
<p>A<span> </span><span class="highlight highlightrequired">plasma machine</span><span> </span>cuts with a high-temperature arc of plasma. This is very effective. But it's not very precise. A<span> </span><span class="highlight highlightrequired">plasma cutter</span><span> </span>can only cut up to 0.1 mm of tolerance and it cuts fairly slowly. Plasma cutters may leave lingering damage on the material. And there will be a larger cutting gap. But one of the major benefits to plasma cutting is that it's less expensive. A<span> </span><span class="highlight highlightrequired">plasma machine</span><span> </span>will cost less to buy and operate.</p>
<h2>Choosing Between Laser and Plasma Cutting</h2>
<p>For most applications, a<span> </span><span class="highlight highlightrequired">fiber cutter</span><span> </span>is going to be better. Fiber cutters have better precision, are faster, and cause less damage to the surrounding material. They also lead to less material waste. There's only one advantage a<span> </span><span class="highlight highlightrequired">plasma cutter</span><span> </span>really has over a<span> </span><span class="highlight highlightrequired">fiber laser</span>: Plasma cutters are less expensive.</p>
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