What is the difference between a laser engraver and a CNC router?

Alban BredouUpdated: Sep 17, 2022

While there are many similarities, laser engravers and routers have some significant differences.

A CNC router will have a motorized Z axis and a spindle motor for operating router bits.

A laser engraver will typically not have a motorized Z axis and is not capable of operating a spindle motor or using router bits.

Please note that many of our CNC router machines do have the capability to mount a diode laser module, allowing the machine to serve multiple purposes.