I’m running an 80w chinese laser with an S&A CW-5200 chiller. Ambient temp right now is between 18-22c and the chiller is rocking between 14.8 & 15.7c. I tried cutting some Baltic birch ply with settings i’ve used before by just dropped a sheet in and run a basic cut, nothing unusual. The laser hardly made it thru the wood (was inconsistent). I tried it again and was successful (no setting changes and sheet was from same original stock).
Does the water temp (as long as it’s within an optimal range) impact the laser power? Should i be logging ambient & cooler temps with my cut settings? Should I let the chiller run for a period of time before starting to cut?
Thanks ahead of time!