Also known as Crystal lasers, the YAG (Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet) or YVO (Yttrium-Ortho-Vanadate) laser cutter is one of the more unique automated separation tools. Using a carefully constructed crystal medium, this laser allows for an extremely high cutting power, which allows it to cut through thicker and stronger materials. This is due to smaller wavelengths of light being generated by the crystals, and therefore creates a higher intensity beam than that of a CO2 laser. Due to their high-intensity cutting abilities, crystal lasers are typically more expensive and have shorter lifespans than other laser cutters.
These lasers are versatile with regard to their material cutting abilities. They can be used with both metals and non-metals, and are useful for a large range of applications, including medical, military, and manufacturing processes.