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CO2 Laser Engraving Machine & Cutting Machine


The MetaQuip CO2 Laser Engraving Machine & Cutting Machine MQ5030 is a high-quality and well-built CO2 laser machine. The MQ5030 is ideal for organizations and companies that regularly want to laser engrave or laser cut objects that are not too large. Available with 40W, 60W and 80W laser power. Also available with metal tube for a long lifespan and ultimate spot quality for high-precision engraving work.

  • Laser engraving from wood, leather, cardboard, glass and plastics
  • Laser cutting from thin (up to 3-5mm) wood, leather, textiles and plastics
  • Easy to operate
  • Automatic focus height adjustment for quick material changes
  • Work surface of 500 x 300 mm
  • Suitable for professional use

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CO2 Laser Engraving Machine & Cutting Machine – MQ5030

The CO2 Laser Engraving Machine & Cutting Machine MQ5030 is a small CO2 laser machine that is of high quality and robust. The work surface can be raised and lowered automatically at the touch of a button. With the built-in height sensor in the laser head, the machine can focus itself fully automatically, so no time-consuming manual adjustment work. A CO2 laser machine can be used for laser cutting or laser engraving of a large number of materials. The infrared laser melts or vaporizes the material, allowing you to cut (high laser power) or engrave (low laser power). This machine is supplied as standard with a glass tube, but is also available with a metal tube. During engraving, the laser will evaporate the top layer, which changes the surface structure. The MQ5030 comes with a heavy industrial air extractor, an optional air filter is also available.

Professional use for smaller engraving and carving jobs

The MQ5030 CO2 Laser Engraving Machine & Cutting Machine – MQ5030 is extremely suitable for professional, serial use of smaller cutting and engraving work. The robust design ensures that the last product in the series looks exactly like the first product. The cutting and engraving speed is comparable to the CO2 laser machines from the production series.

Work surface

The CO2 Laser Engraving Machine & Cutting Machine - MQ5030 has a working surface of 50 x 30 cm. The machine is supplied as standard with a knife bed on which the material to be cut or engraved is placed, the MQ5030 can optionally also be supplied with a honeycomb bed. A honeycomb bed supports the material better, this is especially useful when you cut flexible materials such as fabrics or regularly make small objects. These small objects remain on the honeycomb bed after cutting.

Metal RF laser tube (optional)

Longer lifespan & ultimate spot quality

The MetaQuip CO2 Laser Engraving Machine & Cutting Machine is also available with a metal tube instead of a standard glass CO2 laser tube. The big advantage is that due to the aluminum construction there is a much better thermal heat management, which means that the lifespan is a lot longer than with a glass tube. On average, this is about 4-6 years of continuous use before replacement is required. A metal tube has a better spot quality because it can be pulsed with a higher frequency, which gives a superior grid quality that is especially visible in detailed engraving work. In addition, a metal tube is less vulnerable than a glass laser tube.

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Automatic work bed height adjustment

The CO2 Laser Engraving Machine & Cutting Machine – MQ5030 is standard equipped with a fully automatic work bed height adjustment. This makes it possible to move the work bed up and down at the touch of a button. The height sensor on the laser head detects the distance from the laser head to the workpiece, after which it automatically adjusts to the correct focus height. This has the advantage that after changing material with a different thickness, the machine adjusts itself fully automatically. No more manual adjustment and always the right focus height. This is a very handy and time-saving function, especially if you regularly work with different material thicknesses.


Laser engraving

The MQ5030 CO2 laser machine is perfectly suited for laser engraving a wide range of materials such as wood, leather, textile, glass, mirror and anodized or painted materials made of metal and a large number of plastics.

MQ5030 DESKTOP CO2 laser machine laser head
Work bed 50x30cm

Laser cutting

The CO2 Laser Engraving Machine & Cutting Machine can also laser cut a wide range of materials such as wood, leather, textiles, glass, mirror and anodized or painted materials made of metal and a large number of plastics. The work bed is 50 x 30 a bit on the small side for larger workpieces.

Laser PowerAcrylate / PlexiglassTextile / LeatherWoodMarble
60W8-10 mmBest results optimal speed & power4-8 mmToo little power
80W10 mmBest results optimal speed & power6-10 mmToo little power
100W12-15 mmCan be used but not optimal8-12 mmEngraving possible
130W15 mmCan be used but not optimal10-15 mmEngraving possible

Easy to use laser software

Preparing a laser assignment is done via the included laser software. You send digital designs to the laser machine and you can control the laser machine. With this software you can work in multiple layers with separate settings in each layer, so that combined jobs with multiple engraving or cutting operations can be carried out. This software is suitable for Windows, MAC OSX and Linux and available in several languages including Dutch, English, French and so on. The supplied Dutch manual describes in detail how to operate the laser software and controller.

Laserworks laser software

Laser cutting - draw or import yourself

For laser cutting use is made of cutting drawings in vector format. In the laser software you can create a simple design yourself or import a vector file. These vector files come standard from more graphic programs such as Adobe Illustrator (ai format) or more technical programs such as AutoCAD or Fusion360.

Direct import of pdf-vector files

The following vector formats are supported by the laser software:

  • .ai - Adobe Illustrator. The industry standard for vector signs.
  • .pdf - Portable Document Format. Standardized exchange of files.
  • .dxf - Drawing Exchange Format. Standardized export format of most mechanical design software
  • .svg - Scalable Vector Graphics. Format that is rapidly emerging and where a lot of open source software is available.

In addition, the following less frequently used vector files are supported.

  • .hpgl
  • .plt
  • .rd

Quickly convert raster images to vector cutting files

With the laser software it is very easy to convert black and white (raster) images into vector files so that they can then immediately be used to cut them out.

Laser engraving - importing images

You can also use the laser software to import images for laser engraving. MetaQuip often uses PhotoGrav software for more complex images, which means that the conversion of images without further pre- or post-processing is always perfect. The laser software supports the following formats:

  • bmp
  • .jpg
  • .jpeg
  • .png
  • .gif
  • .tga

Laser safety and CE certification

MetaQuip closed CO2 laser machines are laser class 1 products: safe under all circumstances. This has been measured and recorded in measurement reports drawn up by an independent laser safety authority. A higher laser class is less safe.

Class 4 machines may only be used if extra protection and laser goggles are used. These types of machines work with high power invisible laser light which can cause burns, eye damage and even blindness for the operator of the machine as well as for bystanders. Take laser safety and CE certification seriously when purchasing this type of laser machine and request laser safety reports and technical construction files from your laser machine supplier! 

The CO2 Laser Engraving Machine & Cutting Machine complies with all applicable CE machine guidelines and laser safety standards. The MQ5030 is a class 1 laser device which means that under normal use no one can be exposed to laser radiation. The moment the laser is opened, all lasers immediately switch off and the current laser job is interrupted. Safety first.

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CO2 laser machine - DESKTOP series

Included as standard

The CO2 Laser Engraving Machine & Cutting Machine – MQ5030 comes with a industrial air extraction to remove vapor and dust that is released during laser welding. Air compressor which ensures that lens and laser head stays clean as long as possible and industrial water cooler which ensures that the laser tube remains cooled during the laser process. The only thing you have to take care of is a place for the machine, 230VAC socket and an air exhaust duct (100mm). 

Laser machine

Work surface 500 x 300mm.

CO2 laser machine - DESKTOP series

Industrial water cooler

For active cooling of the laser tube. This is a closed system.

Industrial water cooler

Air compressor

To create overpressure at the lens so that it does not pollute as quickly.

Air compressor for CO2 laser

Exhaust fan

To quickly remove laser fumes. Required: direct air exhaust to the outside (150mm) or air filter.

Laser software - Windows, MAC OSX, Linux

Laser software to import vector files and raster images or prepare a simple laser job directly for laser processing.

Dutch-language product and software manual

Optional to order

Air filters

Depending on the material you process, harmful substances and gases may be released during the laser process. In addition, there are a number of materials that cause serious odor nuisance and it is not always possible to realize an air outlet to the outside. In those cases it is possible to use an industrial air filter. These extract harmful gases, substances and odor from the air. The filtered air is then blown back into the room. 
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Service contract

MetaQuip provides various service contracts so that you can be operational again within an agreed time in the event of a problem. In addition, MetaQuip also offers the possibility to do the maintenance of your laser machine. 
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Laser engraving software

In order to always get good engravings, photos and pictures need to be converted to an on / off pattern with which the laser can handle. This is also dependent on the material used. In the supplied laser software there are a number of simple features, however, when you start engraving more often, the use of a program like PhotoGrav is recommended. With PhotoGrav you have perfect engraving every time. 
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Rotation Module

Engrave or mark cylindrical objects (bottles, glasses, tubes) with the optional rotary table. The rotary table rotates automatically. More about rotate modules ...

Installation and training

MetaQuip can install your machine for you and give you basic training. To do this, choose the installation and training option in the additional order options.

Laptop with pre-installed laser software

It is possible to order a laptop with installed laser software with this CO2 laser machine, so that you can be sure that everything is working properly.

Technical specifications

  • Working area: 500x300mm
  • Laser Type: Glass Sealed-off CO, laser tube, wavelength 10.6 um
  • Laser Power: 40W, 60W, 80W, 30W metal
  • Laser Tube Cooling: Water Cooling with demi water
  • Laser output power: 0-100%
  • Engraving speed: 0-600mm / s
  • Cutting speed: 0-300mm / s
  • Working voltage: AC230V / 110V +/- 10%, 50-60Hz
  • Position accuracy: +/- 0.01mm
  • Minimal Character size: 1mm
  • Machine Power: <1500W
  • Motorized Up-Down Table: High precision electric spindle 120mm
  • Work environment: Temperature 5-45 degrees Celsius, Humidity 5-95%
  • External dimensions [L x W x H]: 70 x 98 x 97 cm (40W). In the 60W version, the width is 140cm
  • Control software: Laser Software Windows, MAC OSx, Linux (Laserworks on request)
  • Supported Formats:
    • vector: ai, pdf, dxf, svg, hpgl, plt, rd
    • raster image: bmp, jpg, jpeg, png, gif, tga


2 years on the machine with the exception of mirrors, lens, laser tube, and external accessories such as air fan and air compressor. 1000 - 1500 hours / 6 months on the laser tube.

The following applies to CO2 laser tubes:

  • The supplier continuously tests these tubes at 80% power in lab conditions, constant temperature.
  • With these test conditions a theoretical lifetime of 1500 - 2000 hours (40W & 60W tube) and 6000 to 8000 hours (80-100-130-150 W tube) is achieved.
  • In actual use, this lifetime will be shorter, because of the following deviating operating conditions compared to the previously described test conditions of the supplier:
    • the tube is often switched on / off
    • the tube is not used on continuous 80%

That is why these hours, under normal conditions of use, have been translated by MetaQuip to respectively 6 (40W & 60W) and 9 (80-100-130-150 W tube) months warranty.

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See installation of a CO2 laser machine for more information about what you should consider in general terms when installing a CO2 laser.

Delivery & Shipping

Normally we have this machine in stock. If this machine is not in stock, the delivery time is normally between 8-12 weeks. Inquire about the current stock. You can choose to pick up your CO2 laser machine yourself or have it delivered. Choose installation and training if you want MetaQuip to install your machine on site and provide basic training in which you are taught how to cut and engrave.

More information

Product Leaflet CO2 MQ5030-NL.pdf

Product Leaflet CO2 MQ5030-EN.pdf

Additional information

Laser Power

40W, 60W, 80W, Metal 30W

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