Hi, I have a YR 1999 Amada 2415 2000w laser (and amada vipros) Just had the resonator and blower redone on the laser. I've come into quite a bit of (1/4" 6061) aluminum work lately and I'm looking for a good way to CNC the panels/holes/cutouts and I'm not sure which direction to go. I can punch the alum but I need nice edges. And I've never had very good luck with running aluminum on my current laser, so my question is: Will a yr2000 4000W amada laser FO 3015 be able to cut 1/4" aluminum consistently? Or would it be a better investment to go with a waterjet when I'm certain I would be able to cut 1/4" alum with it. Upgrading to a 4000w would be nice for improving output for my current steel/stainless cutting, but not sure if it is going to solve the aluminum cutting challenge. Would really appreciate some input from the wealth of knowledge in this forum, thanks!
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