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Monday 27 January 2020
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The Potential Health and Physical Risks Associated with Laser Cutters

Cancam laser cutters are getting more and more popular in the manufacturing industry. This makes a lot of sense since these massive machines are automated and can be programmed to perform a series of complex cuts that might take a human longer to do.  Of course, when you have a machine do the job, it reduces the potential risks to humans.

Of course, that does not mean laser cutting tools are without risks. As a matter of fact, even these machines—which are designed to be safe when used properly—can still pose both health risks as well as potential risks to your physical body.  It is important, then, to consider these risks before you set out to use one of these machines; and acknowledging which machine would work best for the job at hand.

Potential Health Risks Associated with Laser Cutters

When you use laser engravers and laser cutters you are, basically, harnessing the power of heat to cut through wood, ceramics, glass, metal, rubber, or another textile. In the most ideal setting, laser cutting machines result in much smoother edges and produce little-to-no dust or noise.  That makes them very efficient in terms of not only energy but also waste management.

Now, just because these machines produce remarkably less dust than other types of cutting tools, they still do create dust and this dust can be a hazard. Dust created from laser cutting—as well as the fumes that might emit from the task—can make it hard to breathe. Of course, this is especially true for people who have asthma, allergies, or another type of respiratory condition.  As such, warehouses and other facilities tend to install high-powered air filters and cleaners to remove harmful particles from the air.

Potential Physical Risk Associated with Laser Cutters

It might seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many inexperienced people hurt themselves with machines simply because they do not follow simple, practical safety guidelines.  With a laser cutter, for example, the efficiency of the job makes it easy to overlook the fact that lasers generate immense heat and that heat can cause great physical harm to your body.  Though there is very little igniting risk (because there are no sparks, etc, like you would get from an arc welder, for example) makes sure to wear gloves and safety goggles to protect yourself from the otherwise immense heat.