A simplistic model is developed to include the major elements which most manufacturing operations consider before incorporating laser processing technology. This is essentially the same model which is used when implementing any other manufacturing technology. First, laser system costs are summarized using a few generalized rules. Then, processing costs (cutting, welding and heat treatment) are summarized using illustrative estimates. These two areas are balanced against the potential gains by manufacturing strategic planning.
Victor G. Gregson,
"Economics Of Using Higher Power CO2 Lasers In Plant Operations", Proc. SPIE 0744, Lasers in Motion for Industrial Applications, (1 January 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.966967; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.966967