Laser Cutter Repairs, Support and Upgrades.

Get your laser cutter repaired or upgraded by us

 

Studio T has extensive experience in repairing and maintaining Computer aided manufacture machines. Laser cutters are our expertise.

 

What makes us different? 

 

We will fix any laser cutter. We don’t sell laser cutters so we don’t have any interest in trying to sell you a new laser cutter or parts. Engineers that will repair any machine are rare and this means we may have to travel quite far to get to you. If the quote is more than you can afford or its a struggle to pay for it we will try and tie it in with another job in your area or on the way so you can share the travel costs. 

 

 

Telephone support -07876134428.

 

Some of these issues can be sorted out over the phone if you feel you are capable. Most laser cutters are used in garages and we realise that people are on a budget and run a small business. We try to avoid a call out if possible. 

 

 

Laser cutter repair call out.

 

When we do have to travel to repair a laser cutter or 3D printer we will try to fix it on site. This may be impossible and we will then need to take it back for repair or the customer orders the part and we revert to phone support. Typically a call out takes 2 hours onsite.

Laser Cutter motor
Keeping the cost of repair down.

 

 

We either providing the parts at cost price or give the customer links to order the laser cutter parts themselves.  We only charge for the labour and travel costs.

 

Laser Cutter upgrades.

 

Most Laser cutters are in the 40 watt to 150 watt power range. As the power increases so does the dot size of the laser beam. If your business engraves high detailed images a laser cutter that’s 60 watts or above may struggle to give the detail you require.  However, if you also cut material a 60 watt machine may struggle to cut material when the tube gets old.

 

What can you do about this?

 

In our opinion if you don’t engrave high detail items and the machine can take the larger tube you should upgrade to a 100 watt laser tube. It’s fine for general engraving and if the tube wears out you have a larger overhead for cutting before the tube wears out. Its more expensive and it requires a new power supply but you won’t have to replace it as often.

Laser cutter tube
How does a CO2 laser work?

 

20000 to 50000 volts passes through a tube filled with carbon dioxide. The gas is ‘excited’ (a bit like a neon light) and this produces a laser beam.

 

 

 

Why does the laser tube wear out?

 

At the moment, in the UK there are three main laser tube suppliers. RECI, Yongli and SPT. The most common are RECI and SPT. You should always buy the tubes from a reputable dealer as there are fakes out there. RECI are the most expensive and last longer than other tubes. The tubes wear out for two main reasons. The co2 gas inside has been used up or the co2 gas has leaked out of the tube. Laser tubes are not perfectly sealed and this is why they are guaranteed for only a number of years or a number of hours of use. Think of a laser tube like a printer cartridge. It is a consumable item that will run out. You should always have enough money saved to replace it. 

 

 

Why do mirrors wear out?

 

There are two main types of mirror, gold coated and molybdenum. Gold is more reflective but scratches easier and the gold can flake off if you cut certain materials. Molybdenum is less reflective but is far more hard wearing and harder to scratch. There will be differing opinions on which you should use as the laser power is reduced by a ‘moly’ mirror. The difference however, in real world terms is negligible. We always choose moly mirrors.

Laser Cutter motor
The truth about most laser cutters.

 

The electronic and mechanical components are mostly the same and made in China. With some exceptions most laser cutters in the UK are rebadged to look like they are British.

What varies is the is the chassis and the mechanical design and this is why we can repair any laser cutter. 

 

Brands of laser cutters we have repaired.

 

Thunder laser

ATA

Gweike

Boxford

HPC

Mantech

Chinese generic

K40

Opus

Lotus

 

Common issues with laser cutters

 

Low power 

New laser tube needed

The laser judders

Grinding sound

Engraving ghosting

It doesn’t cut square

Red dot doesn’t work or is intermittent

x or y axis doesn’t move

The laser power gets weaker the more you use it.

The mirrors get hot

The laser won’t cut in certain places.

The laser tube is cracked.

Electric shocks

The lid is broken

The bed isn’t level.

The switches don’t work

It doesn’t home

It loses position

It doesn’t cut circles properly.

The tube overheats

Worn out or dirty mirrors

Worn out or dirty lens.

Burning