The Best Laser Cutters and Engravers for Your Application

Machine recommendations for six common laser uses.

An engraved bamboo cutting board inside an Epilog Laser machine.

When you purchase a laser cutter and engraver it’s important to understand your industry, applications, and materials so you can select the very best laser for your needs. While Epilog provides multiple machines that will work regardless of your material demands, these guidelines have been designed to help you choose the right laser for your particular applications.

1) Best Laser Engraver and Cutter for a Small Business

Zing 24 Laser Engraving and Cutting Machine 50 watt CO2 12” x 24” (406 x 305 mm)

Epilog Laser Zing 24 laser machine

The Epilog Zing 24 is a popular choice for starting a small business because of its compact size and incredible versatility. Many laser-friendly materials (wood, acrylic, plastic, etc.) come pre-cut in 24” x 12” (406 x 305 mm) sheets, which matches perfectly with the Zing 24’s engraving area!

The laser engraver is powered by a 50-watt CO2 laser tube with ceramic components, which balances long life with a low recharge cost. A CO2 laser allows you to engrave and/or cut the wide variety of materials you will likely utilize as a small business owner, including wood, acrylic, plastic, leather, fabric, anodized aluminum, and much more.

Epilog Zing laser machine in a small business workshop.

The Epilog Zing 24 also allows you the ability to add on a Rotary Attachment for the engraving of glasses, mugs, wine bottles, and other cylindrical items up to 5.25” (133 mm) in diameter.

The engraver is incredibly easy to use and is designed to operate through a print driver. You can set up your graphics in almost any graphic design software, including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, CorelDRAW, AutoCAD, Inkscape, and many more. Set your page size to the size of the piece or area you are engraving, lay out your graphics just like you are printing to paper, and send it to the laser. You can choose a speed and power setting based on the material you are using.

Learn more about the Zing Laser Series.

2) Best Laser Engraver for Glass Etchers

Epilog Helix Laser Engraving and Cutting Machine 60 watt CO2 24” x 18” (610 x 457 mm)

Epilog Laser Helix laser machine

The Epilog Helix is a favorite for glass engravers because of the large z-depth of the motorized table. By moving the table down, you can place a large item up to 8” in diameter on the optional Rotary Attachment. When you want to engrave a magnum bottle of wine or a large vase, this becomes an indispensable feature.

The 60-watt sealed metal/ceramic laser tube is an excellent choice for glass etchers, providing the power to run the laser at high speed for engraving.

Laser etched glass jars.

Add on the optional 4” lens to engrave a table full of glasses without using the Rotary Attachment. The 4” lens elongates the laser beam providing a longer focal point, allowing you to engrave around a curve on wine glasses and mugs without needing to rotate the glass.

Learn more about the Legend Laser Series.

3) Best Laser Engraving and Cutting Machine for Travel

Epilog Mini 18 Laser Engraving and Cutting System 40 watts CO2 18” x 12” (457 x 305 mm)

Epilog Laser Mini 18 laser machine

When you are looking for a small, lightweight laser system for traveling to craft shows, tradeshows, and other events, the Epilog Mini 18 is a great choice. Weighing only 70 lbs. (32 kg), the laser machine can be moved easily, and you can add on an optional rolling cart that attaches directly to the laser body and brings the machine to an accessible desk height. Alternatively, you can set the laser directly on a table or filtration unit to maximize space in your workshop or booth.

Epilog Laser machine in a small space.

The 40-watt system’s powerful laser tube will cut through up to ¼” hardwoods and acrylics in a single pass. Having the laser on display at events provides an instant wow factor to your space, as attendees can watch the laser work on your products. It also lets you offer customizations on the spot, adding customer names and event dates to your items right at the show or fair.

The Center Engraving feature lets you quickly set up such custom jobs right at the laser. Just choose the center point of your object, draw a vector box around the graphic you want to engrave, and run the vector job with the lid open and red dot pointer on. This gives you the exact location where the graphic will be engraved! No guess work or endless measuring means you can run the laser at a show with minimal hassle.

Learn more about the Legend Laser Series.

4) Best Laser Engraver and Cutter for Industrial Applications

Epilog Fusion M2 40 Dual Source 75 watt CO2/50 watt Fiber 40” x 28” (1016 x 711 mm)

Epilog Laser Fusion M2 40 laser machine

When looking for a laser engraver to handle more industrial applications, like metal engraving, barcoding, and serializing parts, many of our customers look to the Fusion M2 40 with its dual-source capabilities. The Fusion M2 can be configured with a CO2 laser, fiber laser, or both within one system. The fiber laser adds the ability to engrave directly - with depth - into almost any metal and to change the colors of engineered plastics when engraved. A 50-watt fiber laser will quickly create multiple marks on steel, aluminum, brass and more including etched, polished and annealed marks.

Industrial part marked with an Epilog Laser machine.

Engrave 2D, data matrix, UPC or any other type of barcode with a Fusion M2 40. You can etch barcodes onto metal tags to affix to your machinery or even place an entire piece into the laser using the large 40” x 28” x 12.25” (1016 x 711 x 337 mm) work table. Engrave one custom item or multiple pieces at the same time.

The Fusion M2 40’s large work area features Epilog’s fastest engraving and cutting speeds, and allows you to engrave the highest resolution images even at the system’s greatest speeds.

Learn more about the Fusion Laser Series.

5) Best Laser Engraver and Cutter for Makerspaces and Schools

Epilog Fusion M2 32 75 watt CO2 32” x 20” (812 x 508 mm)

Epilog Laser Fusion M2 32 laser machine

The Epilog Fusion M2 is the smaller option in Epilog’s top-of-the-line Fusion laser series. It features a large work area that is ideal for your users’ projects, letting them fit pieces up to 32” x 20” x 13.5” (812 x 508 x 343 mm) on the engraving and cutting table.

The Fusion M2 uses Epilog’s easy-to-use print driver that lets you set up your file in any graphics software and prints it over to the laser in just a few easy steps. There is no complicated proprietary software to learn, so training new users on the laser takes very little time. In fact, many users are amazed that they can turn on the machine and be running their first laser project in just minutes.

Epilog Laser machine in a makerspace.

The industrial build of the Fusion M2 32 is ideal for schools and makerspaces that need to be assured that their equipment is always up and running, withstanding your users’ variety of skill levels. The entire machine is built with a modular design concept so when you do have a problem, a quick call to technical support is all it takes to have the problem diagnosed and the needed part overnighted to you. You can follow simple instructions to replace any part in the system.

The Fusion M2 32 offers a variety of useful features that will help your users create their projects quicker and easier than with other systems. You can use the Fusion M2’s display panel to change the speed and power settings on the fly to find the perfect settings for the material you’re working with. When your users finish a project and have leftover material, they can use the Fusion’s handy Direct Print feature to run the laser directly from the machine’s control panel. They can simply cut off their excess material so the next user will have a piece ready to run!

Learn more about the Fusion Laser Series.

6) Best Laser Engraver and Cutter for Woodworkers

Epilog Mini 24 60 watt CO2 24” x 12” (610 x 305 mm)

Epilog Laser Mini 24 laser machine

Woodworkers tend to look for a variety of features – low price, easy job setup and generous laser wattage. This model checks all of the boxes, with an included Vector Cutting Table built into the system and a laser tube capable of cutting through 3/8” wood in a single pass. Flip up the rulers on the engraving table to quickly remove the engraving task plate and place the honeycomb cutting table in the machine.

Laser engraved wooden cutting boards.

Good exhaust will be important to any woodworker, so attach a strong exhaust fan to the back of the laser’s 4” port to remove smoke and fumes from the work area. By hooking up a small air compressor to the back of the machine you can also make use of the Mini 24’s built in Air Assist feature that will blow a constant stream of air on the work surface, keeping down flames when cutting through thicker woods and providing the best edge quality possible. When you are done cutting your project, any pieces that have fallen through the cutting table are collected by the handy removable crumb tray and can be disposed of with ease.

High-resolution engraving is very important to a woodworker, and the Mini 24 provides Epilog’s famous engraving quality. With resolutions up to 1200 dpi, you won’t find a machine on the market that can engrave as detailed of graphics at such high speeds.

Learn more about the Legend Laser Series.

Which is the right laser for your application?

You’ll want to take a look at your specific needs to find the model that will best fit your situation. We always recommend setting up a live one-on-one demonstration with our distributors located worldwide. They can teach you how easy it is to use the laser and help you find the right machine size and wattage to fit your budget. Click here to request a brochure and sample kit to see what you can start making with your own laser machine from Epilog Laser!

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