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Best Laser Cutters for Small Businesses in 2023

Best Laser Cutters for Small Businesses in 2023

Best Laser Cutters for Small Businesses in 2023 – Small businesses frequently use laser cutters for a range of tasks; they’re great for jewelry, signage, and prototyping. Factors such as size, power, and price are important considerations for a small business owner who is looking to buy a laser cutter. To help you make an educated choice, we’ve assembled the following list of the top 12 laser cutters for small businesses in 2023:

1. xTool M1

The xTool M1 has distinguished itself as the first desktop hybrid laser and blade-cutting machine. It doubles as a laser cutting and engraving machine as well as a blade cutting machine. Depending on the materials you wish to cut or engrave, you can choose between two models: the 5W and 10W versions. The xTool M1 can be applied to a wide variety of materials including metal, glass, and wood. For materials such as vinyl, its laser may not be the best option because burnt vinyl releases toxic fumes. This is where the blade becomes valuable. In one pass, the xTool M1 is powerful enough to cut through 8 mm of basswood. Some hardware specifications for this hybrid machine include a carving precision of 0.01 mm, a laser spot of 0.08×0.08 mm, and a work area of 385×300 mm. The xTool M1 has a laser cutting speed and a blade cutting speed of 30,000 mm/min and 10,000 mm/min respectively. A 10W costs about $999 while the 5W model costs around $899.

2. Glowforge® Plus 3D Laser Printer

The Glowforge® Plus 3D laser device contains a 40W CO2 laser that utilizes a focused beam of light to cut or engrave many types of materials including: acrylic, wood, anodized aluminum, fabric, cardboard, leather, and glass. It is an upgraded version of the Glowforge® Basic and is highly valuable in the academic space because of its versatility. However, it should be operated in a well-ventilated environment or run in conjunction with the Glowforge® air filter. The Glowforge® Plus provides a precision of up to 0.025 mm and retails for $4,995. This desktop device was designed in-house and is suitable for both home and office use. It can cut through 12.7 mm of hardwood and has a build area of 292×508 mm. The cutting speed is 24,000 mm/min.

3. Orion Motor Tech Laser Cutter

The 50W Orion Motor Tech laser comes in handy when cutting and engraving non-metallic materials such as: acrylic, rubber, cardboard, bamboo, and fabric. This device is known for its high-resolution standard optics and high-precision stepper motor. These hardware features give it the ability to engrave or cut materials with relative precision. It boasts a cutting speed of up to 23,927 mm/min. When the object to be engraved is cylindrical (such as a plastic cup), the cylinder rotary attachment makes it possible for an operator to engrave around the circumference. The Orion Motor Tech, which sells for $1,799, has a build area of 305×508 mm. For safety purposes, it also comes with an emergency stop button.

4. Epilog Zing 24

The Zing 24 is intended for high-quality engraving and cutting on a variety of materials, including: glass, leather, acrylic, and wood. With a 610×305 mm engraving area, the Epilog Zing 24 is appropriate for a range of projects. The Zing 24 is available in 30W, 40W, 50W, and 60W laser power options. The cost of the device ranges from approximately $11,000-$16,000. It is renowned for both its flexible capabilities and high-quality output. Some of its special features include air assist, a red dot pointer, and autofocus. The device is highly accurate and can engrave or cut intricate designs with precision. Though it is a versatile cutting and engraving machine, it is not suitable for metal-cutting applications.

5. xTool D1 Pro

xTool D1 Pro is a diode laser device. It is an upgraded version of the xTool D1 and is available in 5W, 10W, and 20W laser power options. The laser spot (0.08×0.1 mm) in the 20W model is finer than that on the 5W and 10W modules which come with compressed laser spots of 0.08×0.06 mm. It is available at a price range of $629.99-1,099.99. The xTool D1 Pro machine’s high-resolution capability makes it possible to achieve deep cuts and engravings on a variety of materials. For instance, the 20W model can cut 8 mm acrylic or 10 mm basswood in a single pass. The 5W and 20W models have work areas of 430×390 mm while the 10W model has a work area of 430×400 mm. The maximum speed of the xTool D1 Pro is 24,000 mm/min.

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6.  Spirit GLS X252

The Spirit GLS LaserPro X252 is an industrial-grade laser engraving and cutting device. It has a work area of 635×458 mm and a resolution of 125-1000 DPI. With a maximum power of 100 watts, the laser is perfect for engraving and cutting a wide range of materials, including: ceramic, composite, anodized metal, leather, wood, acrylic, and plastic. Very high positional accuracy lets this machine make precise and intricate cuts and engravings. The smartPIN auto-focus feature of the GLS LaserPro X252 is one of its unique features. This feature makes it simple and quick to focus on materials of various thicknesses. It also enables plug-and-play functionality. The Spirit GLS X252 costs approximately $9,399.62. Also included among its features is the smart center technology which makes it easier to find the center points of irregular shapes.

7. Morphon 130W Laser Cutter

The powerful and effective Morphon 130W Laser Cutter is made for professionals. With a 130-watt laser, it can pierce a variety of materials, including: metal, leather, wood, and acrylic. This machine’s cutting speed is also impressive, reaching a top speed of 30,000 mm/min to enable quick and accurate cuts. High accuracy is one of this device’s most notable characteristics. The Morphon 130W Laser Cutter is an excellent choice for those looking for a high-quality laser cut. It is reasonably priced and has a work area that measures 1397×889 mm. One potential drawback of the Morphon 130W Laser Cutter is its size; it has a relatively large footprint compared to other laser cutters of similar power and capability.

8. SUNCOO K-40 Laser Cutter

The SUNCOO K-40 Laser Cutter is a multifunctional tool that enables users to cut and engrave a variety of materials. There are only a few minor differences between it and the laser model known as Morphon K-40. With a build area of 305×203 mm, the K-40’s 40W CO2 laser can easily cut through materials like leather, acrylic, and wood. The SUNCOO K-40 has incredible speed in addition to power. Users can complete projects quickly and effectively thanks to its cutting speed of up to 21,030 mm/min. The SUNCOO K-40 is also affordable — at $1,929, it’s priced very competitively compared to other laser cutters with similar capabilities.

9. Bobs CNC Evolution 3 Laser Cutter

BobsCNC offers DIY kits that enable the BobsCNC router to serve also as a cutter and engraver. The appropriate mountable laser will depend on whether yours is an E-series, Evolution series, or KL series CNC device. To create a hybrid or all-in-one device, this laser is mounted securely onto the router with wingnuts. Afterward, the laser mode can be activated which enables it to cut and engrave all kinds of materials including leather, wood, and stone. The BobsCNC All-in-One Laser and Mounting Kit Bundle costs $359.99-929.96 while the CNC router itself costs $1,876.32. When combined, the setup amounts to a total cost of $2,236.31-2,806.28.

10. Dremel LC40 03 Digilab Laser Cutter

The Dremel LC40 03 Digilab Laser Cutter is a top-tier laser cutter made for precision cutting and engraving of a variety of materials, including: wood, acrylic, glass, leather, and fabric. The Dremel LC40 03 Digilab Laser Cutter has a built-in camera that makes placing materials on the cutting board simple and accurate. It is powered by a 40W laser that consistently produces accurate and precise cuts. While expensive (coming in at $8,299), it is well worth the money due to its high-quality features and capabilities. The build area of the device is 508×305 mm.

The best laser cutters in July 2023

The best laser cutters in July 2023

The best laser cutters in July 2023 – Cut, score and engrave a variety of materials, using the best laser cutters for ultimate precision. Our expert tester picks the top laser machine for home and studio use.

The best laser cutters are both increasingly capable and increasingly affordable. And so you don’t have to be a big business or professional manufacturer to use them: hobbyist and small business owners are finding they can greatly enhance their productivity and creativity too. (With Prime Day coming up, expect some of the brand’s below to drop in price, as well as good deals on the best laser engravers and the best laser cutter for a small business.)

The best laser cutters can be used to cut materials, of course, but also engrave and score. Working with digital drawing software, you can transfer the most meticulous designs to a material of your choice. Most of the best laser cutters now come with bespoke apps too and can be used on desktop, tablet or mobile. Laser cutters are becoming more accessible and match up to the best Cricut alternatives and Cricut machines for modern digital crafting.

But which model should you buy? With so many options on the market, it can be challenging to choose the right one for your specific needs. In this article, I bring together the best laser cutters available today, considering factors such as cutting power, precision, software compatibility, and ease of use. I’ve personally tested many of the laser cutters below.

The best laser cutters: my quick picks

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The best laser cutters available now

01. xTool P2

The best laser cutter for flexibility


Materials: Wood, acrylic, aluminium, leather and more
Engraving/cutting area: 600 x 308 mm
Power: 55W CO2 laser



Powerful and fast laser


Expandable workspace


Can do everything you need


Spend extra to get more from the P2

The xTool P2 is the newest laser cutter from a brand that is fast becoming one of the more popular in this space, with a laser engraver and cutting machine for most uses. The headline news is the P2 is a 55 watt CO2 laser cutter, just pipping Glowforge and comparable to the Gweike Could Pro. (Read my xTool P2 explainer for a detailed breakdown of this laser machine.)

It is simple to the Glowforge Pro below, so this is a metal casing with a glass lid and inbuilt extractor fan. It’s designed to be clean and easy to use. The P2 boasts some impressive stats too, its workspace is larger than Glowforge Pro; P2 is 600mm by 308mm, while Glowforge Pro is 495mm by 279 mm. Though, to be clear, Glowforge Pro has a passthrough that works out of the box while P2 requires an add-on, the Automatic Conveyor Feeder to really make use of its expandable size (3,000 x 500 mm).

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What could be seen as P2’s weakness is actually one of this laser cutter’s strengths. xTool has a history of offering interesting add-ons, and the P2 is no different. You can increase the size of the workspace height using a Riser Base. The P2 is speedy too, running at 600 mm/s, it cuts 18mm basswood in one pass with ease.

The xTool P2 is cheaper than the Glowforge Pro (below) but quite comparable overall, despite having a slightly more powerful laser. One thing of note, P2 has a precision of 0.3mm while Glowforge has a macro camera that can reach 0.1mm levels. I have both laser cutters and am currently testing P2, and can say both machines are excellent. With P2 the advantage is it fits into xTool’s wider ecosystem of add-ons, ensuring that overall, this laser cutter can do pretty much anything, including rotary engraving (purchased separately).

02. Glowforge Pro

The best laser cutter for small studios


Materials: Various
Engraving/cutting area: 27.9 x 49.5 cm
Power: 45W



Fast laser cutter and engraver


Supports many material types


Effortless to use and good app


Ideally needs the Air Filter accessory

Glowforge Pro does for laser cutters what Cricut has done for craft cutters; this is a beautifully designed ‘laser printer’ that removes the mess and fuss and packages it all in a clean and approachable device, making it easily the best laser cutter around at the moment (for a price). This model is the top Glowforge laser cutter, while the brand has a the medium Plus edition and a slightly less powerful Basic model.

The Glowforge does the same cutting and engraving as many of the best laser cutters on my list, but its design keeps any mess inside the machine (a filter sucks away any dust and debris into an external air filter). Designs are sent to the machine via a bespoke app, and the Glowforge machines support Windows, Mac and tablet devices.

The Glowforge Pro uses a high-spec Class 4, 45 watt laser which is the most powerful you can get outside of an industrial use. (The Plus and Basic use a 40 watt, Class 1 laser, which is still more powerful than most on this list.) In my Glowforge Pro review this laser cutter impressed with its speed, ease of use and an excellent design app. It does, however, ideally need to be used with the Glowforge Air Filter accessory.

It’s this ease of use and clean approach to laser cutting and engraving that ensures the Glowforge makes it to No.1 on my list. It looks like a standard printer but can engrave everything from metal to wood and tiles to paper and leather – it’s perfectly suited to every task that requires accurate cutting too, from costume creation to model work. This Pro model comes with a ‘passthrough’ slot for large lengths of material, making it an ideal wood laser cutter – you can even make furniture. The results are always great, making this the best laser cutter for small business overall.