Term of the Week: Flatbed laser

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The flatbed laser beam is directed across a carriage arm and the laser head at the far end will travel back and forth, similar to an inkjet printer. The X-Y table where the workpiece is placed is stationary. The working area of a flatbed laser is only limited to the machine’s size.