- How do I evaluate operating temp for co2 laser cutter?
Here it is specified that optimum operating temp for industrial C02 laser is within the range 59 °F to 77 °F. This is what is generally specified online, but it leads to a number of questions;
- How is this measured? Does it refer to the whole unit, or the point of emission of the beam, or some other part? Most sources seem to imply that coolant temp===unit temp. Is this accurate? If so, why? More importantly, how can it be accurate given an unknown circulation rate?
- If measuring temperature of the unit as opposed to coolant, what sensor can be used, and how should it be positioned? I'm guessing infrared just won't do it.
- One of the implications is that if you cool below 59F you might be able to overpower. Is this accurate? Does anyone know of any experimental data or calculations to support this?