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Large Format Laser System

Large Format Laser Cutting System

OptiFlex - Laser Cutting & Engraving System

The OptiFlex is an industrial large-format CO2 laser cutting system. The HyperDual motion package debuts on the OptiFlex and is setting the standard for large format laser cutting and engraving across the world. This improved motion system features a rack and pinion design and powerful servo motors on both the X and Y axis. Cut acceleration rates are up to three times faster with a 100% increase in top end vector speed. The X axis has also been upgraded with twin linear rails and a thicker steel reinforced belt. An advanced safety package can be added to the OptiFlex for high traffic working environments.

Standard features included with the OptiFlex large format laser system are a water chilling unit, vacuum blower package, computer/monitor package and design software.

Whether you are a sign shop, metal fabricator or educational institute the OptiFlex laser system should be your machine of choice!


Mild Steel
Stainless Steel
Anodized Aluminum


Laser Classification: Class 4 CO2 Laser

Laser Wattage: 100 – 650 watts

*Positioning Accuracy: +/- 0.002 in/ft

Repeatability: +/- 0.0005 in/ft

Work Area*: 52″ x 50″ – 86″ x 144″

Footprint (W x L x H): 74″ x 87″ x 53″ – 112″ x 181″ x 53″

**Part Clearance: 3″

Electrical: 230v/1ph, 230v/3ph, 415v/3ph CE, 480v/3ph

*Mapped Table under controlled conditions

**Custom gantry heights by request.

table sizes all 2
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OptiFlex LARGE FORMAT Laser Cutting & Engraving System

If your shop requires a large-format laser solution, the OptiFlex could be your next machine of choice.

Standard Features

Optional packages

Metal Cutting

Kern’s CO2 laser format laser systems can be equipped with innovative metal cutting technology. The metal cutting option provides accurate cutting of sheet metals such as stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, and brass.

Air Assist

High Pressure assist gas, such as oxygen, CDA(clean dry air) or nitrogen, is injected through the metal cutting nozzle. The result is a dross free cut edge that requires little to no deburring.


As the cutting process begins, the height follower tracks the surface of the metal and adjust the nozzle in the z-axis maintaining a constant focus point while the metal is being cut.

To learn more about the Metal Cutting, please watch this video and visit our Metal Cutting page.


Optional Add-Ons


Fume Extraction

A Fume Extractor can be connected to Kern’s laser systems to remove fumes and small debris creating during laser processing. Instead of ducting the fumes to the outside, the fume extractor cleans the fumes with a series of filters and recycles the air back into the room.

An inline Spark Arrestor can be added for applications which involve metal cutting. The spark arrestor is designed to dramatically reduce the amount of sparks that enter the fume extraction duct.

To learn more about Fume Extraction packages, please review our “Let’s Talk Fumes” section on our Laser Safety page and our Laser Processing Fume Removal blog.

Case Study - Laser Etch Technologies, Buffalo, MN

Owner Tim Pawelk of “Laser Etch Technologies” roots run deep with Kern Laser Systems. A customer since 1999, Laser Etch currently uses four Kern lasers that have been instrumental in achieving worldwide attention. Such projects included teaming up with renowned Tibetan artist Rinchen Dorgee. Dorgee was instrumental in the creation of the throne the Dalai Lama used during his visit to Minneapolis/St. Paul in May of 2001. The throne was also recently used for His Holiness when he visited Minneapolis this year to celebrate the Tibetan New Year.

Around Minnesota, Tim has also done amazing work.  Most notably, his wood etching and engraving can be seen in the Legends Club area located at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins.

Baseball fans would recognize Pawelk’s grand slam work located at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. This creative wonder that includes both etching and engraving can be seen in the Legends Club and press box areas of the stadium.

Pawelk allows that the Kern Laser Systems has provided him with the needed tools to think outside the box and grow his business through the wide range of capabilities found in a Kern laser.

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He has been able to do a variety of projects with his large format Kern Lasers that he’s sure he wouldn’t be able to do with the use of some of the competitors’ laser systems.  Some of his projects have drawn attention not only in the United States, but also worldwide.  In 2001, Tim Pawlek and Laser Etch teamed up with renowned Tibetan artist Rinchen Dorgee.  Rinchen was the main artist involved with the creating of the Dalai Lama’s throne his visit to the Twin Cities in May of 2001.  The throne was recently used for his holiness when he visited Minneapolis this year to celebrate the Tibetan New Year. (Insert pictures of the throne)

To hear more about Laser Etch’s projects, as well as their experience with Kern Laser Systems, click on our video link for Laser Etch’s exclusive customer testimonial.

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What Our Clients Say

“I believe that your company is one of the best companies I’ve known in my 30 years in business. I could see for myself how you build the machines and how much care you put into the building. I was thrilled also of the fact that in order to start the machine there was no need of specialized personnel. I also thank you for the hospitality you have offered me during my stay with you. If today I were to buy another laser machine, definitely buy a laser machine Kern again for sure.”
Vighi A. & C. Snc (Italy)
Managing Partner
“Keith from Kern called and said he had a machine we might be interested in and we had a chat. Cabin Digital had a discussion and decided it was time to move on and make the financial commitment and buy a Kern. First impressions “Holy Cow! The Kern folks have a great design, factory and their acts together not to mention the folks are super nice!”
Rich Domikis
Cabin Digital LLC
Information Technology Analyst
“Kern laser has provided us an excellent machine, and has supported our needs very efficiently. I would recommend Kern laser to anyone. I was having issues with the laser accelerating out of corners too quickly and creating striations within the cut. Jake Shaw, a tech at Kern Laser, helped me by explaining how the laser operates around corners and then supplied me with effective information to correct the issue based on material thickness. As I previously stated, Kern laser has had the best tech support I have had. I will vouch for Kern and their team at any time.”
Max Martin


KCAM® is a laser cutting and engraving software package developed by Kern’s in-house software development team. Through years of research and customer feedback, KCAM has developed into an industry-leading laser control software.

KCAM can be linked with popular design softwares such as CorelDRAW®, AutoCAD® and Adobe Illustrator®, allowing for hundreds of file types to be processed. A convenient user interface provides operators with complete control of the laser systems cutting and engraving parameters. Kern’s customers have access to the latest KCAM software upgrades from our website.

Whether you’re cutting thick acrylic or a thin delicate textile, be ensured that KCAM will provide you with the laser control required for quick and accurate results.

A macro within CorelDRAW® automatically sends your artwork to KCAM® with the click of a single button. KCAM® is also capable of directly opening common file types such as .dxf, .pdf, G-CODE and many more.

Other popular CAD softwares such as AutoCAD LT®, Adobe Illustrator® and Solidworks® can be used to automatically load files into KCAM®.

Customized Pierce Settings. The dwell time, laser power, frequency, focus point and air flow can be set independently from your normal cut settings. This feature ensures metals are cut clean with minimal to no dross.

Air Control. Compressed shop air, oxygen or nitrogen can be hooked up to the laser system for optimal processing results on a variety of laserable materials.

Vector Path Speed Control. KCAM mimics a race car by slowing the cutting speed into sharp corners and accelerating out of them. The result is smooth, consistent cutting with the tap of your mouse.

Cut Optimizer. Decrease your programming time by letting KCAM automatically determine the fastest cut order for your most complicated designs.

Time Estimator. Provide accurate pricing to your customers by knowing the amount of laser processing time before the product even makes it to the laser bed.

Tool Offset. A simple inside/outside offset can be set to compensate for the laser beam kerf. This results in precisely sized parts without modification of your original part drawings.

Leasing & Tax Incentives

Kern has teamed up with Geneva Capital to bring you great new finance options. Financing makes it easy to get the equipment you need, while experiencing the benefits and tax savings of leasing. 

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