Laser Cutting – When to choose a single or multi-mode laser

This paper is a guide to help determine whether a single-mode or multi-mode laser is appropriate for a given cutting application. Very often single-mode (SM) lasers can cut faster than multi-mode (MM), particularly for thin materials using the same power output, but there is usually a compromise elsewhere. In this paper we identify the trade-offs involved with choosing the SM laser option.

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