Essential Fiber Laser Cutting Safety Advice

October 2021

Fiber laser cutting safety precautions are required to get the best results from machines. For new fabricators, learning to use the machines can require a bit of training and practice.

Fiber laser cutting safety precautions are required to get the best results from machines. For new fabricators, learning to use the machines can require a bit of training and practice. It is vital to start off on the right note. This means knowing and following a few basic fiber laser cutting safety tips.

Fiber Laser Cutting Safety Guidelines

Some of the most important safety tips when using fiber laser cutting systems include:

Know the machine

It is essential to have a sound knowledge of machines. Training is needed in general, however, it is also important for operators to have a full understanding of each individual machine that is being used. This means reading manufacturer guidelines and following instructions to the letter.

Keep a clean workspace

Workspaces should always be kept clean. After using the machine, workspaces should be fully cleaned of any dust particles or other debris that can pose a fire risk. Scrap metals can be especially dangerous - especially in a metal fabrication shop. Fabricators must therefore always clean up before and after machines are used.

Follow basic safety precautions

This means wearing protective gear such as goggles to protect eyes, thick gloves, suitable clothing (PPE if required) and any other gear needed. Basic safety training should be provided, with refresher courses, so that every fabricator knows to keep basic safety guidelines in mind when operating machines. Machines should be placed in a suitable location, with no risk of wires being on the floor or other issues that can result in accidents.

Take care during and after cutting

Fabricators will need to take care when cutting materials. This means aligning sheet metal properly, with metal positioned in order for accurate cuts. Concentration is vital during the cutting process to avoid accidents and skew cuts. Steady hands are vital when using any heavy-duty equipment. For new fabricators, having someone watch over them while the other works can help. After cutting, machines should be checked to be sure that there are no leaks and that machines are functioning properly. Coolant should be used to keep temperatures low after machines are switched off.


Follow these guidelines, and you will get the best results from your Bystronic fibre laser cutter, without risks of accidents or other problems.

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