How To Set Up a Laser Cutter Exhaust System?
Laser cutter exhaust systems remove fumes and smoke generated during laser cutting operations. They typically consist of a blower, ductwork, and an exhaust fan. The blower creates negative pressure in the system, which causes air to flow through the ductwork and out the exhaust fan. Fume extraction is essential for both safety and air quality reasons. Inhaling smoke and fumes generated during laser cutting can harm your health. Smoke and fumes can also cause problems with the operation of the laser cutter itself, as they can build up on optical components and mirrors, affecting the quality of the cut. Read more: Do I Need Fume Extraction For My Laser Marking System? Setting up a laser cutter exhaust system is essential for safety and air quality. Here are the steps you need to take to set up your system:
1. Determine the Needs of Your Laser Cutter Exhaust SystemFirst, you need to determine the size of your laser cutter and the application type you will use it for. This information will help you determine the size of the exhaust system you need. Laser cutter exhaust systems are helpful for:
- Extracting fumes, smoke, and odors generated during the laser engraving or cutting process
- Reducing the risk of fire by removing flammable materials
- Improving visibility in the work area by removing debris and smoke
2. Choose the Type of BlowerSome common types of blowers are: In-line blower: This blower is installed in the ductwork between the laser cutter and the exhaust port. In-line blowers are less expensive than other blowers but can be more challenging to install. Inline duct fan: It is similar to an in-line blower but is easier to install. Ceiling-mounted blower: This type of blower is mounted on the ceiling and can be used in conjunction with an inline duct fan.
3. Select the Appropriate DuctworkDuctwork is available in different materials, sizes, and shapes. The most common type of ductwork is round because it is less expensive than other types. However, rectangular or square ductwork may be a better option for your laser cutter exhaust system because it allows for more efficient airflow. Choosing the proper ductwork is crucial for the following:
- Properly ventilate your laser cutter
- Maintaining optimal airflow
- Reducing noise levels
- Install the exhaust fan