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Aeon vs Thunder Laser

Thunder is built right the first time.

Get the most out of your money.

Lasers come in all types and forms. With price ranges from $500 to $100k+, it can be hard to choose. Oftentimes, your budget determines how much machine you can purchase. And the more you spend, the better the machine.

At Thunder, we keep our margins thin and our marketing and labor costs down so you can rest assured you are getting the most bang for your buck.

No painful alignments means more laser time!

All of our machines will arrive to you perfectly aligned. No painful adjusting required. Be up and running in no time! Poorly made machines often require periodic alignments, costing you precious laser time. If you have to spend an hour or two aligning your machine every couple of weeks, what does that do to your productivity? Machine reliability is crucial if you are running a small business. Our machines only come out of alignment in the event of a head crash.

No long lead times!

Most of our machines are delivered in less than 30 days. This means you can get to making money even faster. How much are all those lost months of sales costing you?

We wire our machines right the first time.

Rewiring, refurbing and working on these machines a second time stateside is expensive and ultimately costs you money. This labor cost is built into the cost of a machine that has to be re-wired.

We have clear, consistent pricing. What you see is what you pay… always.

Our pricing is clear and upfront and includes everything you need to run a standard job. It also includes shipping. So you never have to worry if you are getting the best deal. Everyone gets the best deal possible. You will never find our sales folks to be pushy, either. We just want to find the right machine to fit your needs.

No lost sleep wondering if you negotiated the best deal.

Be wary of false claims!

No glass Co2 tube on the market lasts 15,000 working hours. Just Google it. Our tubes “last” 15,000 hours, too. They just won’t be able to cut paper after that amount of use. So we quote 2,000-4,000 working hours because that is when you’ll want to replace it. We don’t overpromise or underdeliver. All glass tubes are hand made so they’re filled with imperfections which cause the gas to leak. Our tubes undergo extensive testing to ensure the longest possible life for our customers.

Thunder has wicked-fast, US-based support.

When you need help, you need it fast. Like lightning fast. We typically respond in 3-5 minutes, often on weekends and holidays. Check out our reviews to see what others have had to say.

Don’t take our word for it, join Facebook groups and ask other users.

It’s hard to really know the differences in lasers without seeing them up close in action. We would encourage you to join different Facebook groups and ask the community about their machines. There are several for Thunders (and other brands). Our largest Facebook Group can be found here.

See why Katie chose us over “the other guys.”

Aeon vs Thunder Laser Comparison

We don’t really like specs sheets, because they can be deceiving. It’s not always apples to apples. The overall build quality of the machine will be the best determining factor in how well a laser operates. But we do understand sometimes you need to compare different brands.

So we built this for you:

Aeon Mira 5 Thunder Bolt Aeon Mira 9 Nova 35 Notes
Base Price $5,995 $5,495 $9,995 $9,900
Shipping Included No Yes No Yes
Working Area 20” x 12” 20” x 12” 35” x 24” 35” x 24”
Speed 1200mm/s 1000mm/s 1200mm/s 1000mm/s Quality of engravings often diminish after 500mm/s
Tube 45W Glass 30w RF 75w Glass 80w Glass 30w RF has cutting capacity of 45w Glass
Dual Stage Air No No No Yes Different Air Volumes for Cut vs Engrave
Heat Alarm No Yes No Yes Safety Feature for Fire Hazard
Red Dot Yes Yes Yes Yes For locating the laser beam
Passthrough No No No Yes
Internal Memory 256MB 1000MB 256MB 1000MB
Chilling Needs Water Pump Included Air Cooled Water Pump Included CW5000 Water Chiller Included
Camera Optional Built-In Optional Optional
Base Price Shipping Included Working Area Speed Tube Dual Stage Air Heat Alarm Red Dot Passthrough Internal Memory Chilling Needs Camera
Aeon Mira 5 $5,995 No20” x 12” 1200mm/s 45W Glass No No Yes No 256MB Water Pump Included Optional
Thunder Bolt $5,495 Yes 20” x 12” 1000mm/s 30w RF No Yes Yes No 1000MB Air Cooled Built-In
Aeon Mira 9 $9,995 No 35” x 24” 1200mm/s 75w Glass No No Yes No 256MB Water Pump Included Optional
Nova 35 $9,900 Yes 35” x 24” 1000mm/s 80w Glass Yes Yes Yes Yes 1000MB CW5000 Water Chiller Included Optional
Notes Quality of engravings often diminish after 500mm/s 30w RF has cutting capacity of 45w Glass Different Air Volumes for Cut vs Engrave Safety Feature for Fire Hazard For locating the laser beam

1000+ Five-Star Reviews

It’s hard to be modest when your products are this good.

Our Bolt desktop laser machine combines a compact design with super high-quality parts.

Our Nova series laser cutter offers higher wattage and larger work areas.

Ready to speak to one of our Experts?

Getting started can be the most challenging part of any project. Let us do the heavy lifting so you can focus on your designs.

Open the box; pull out your machine; get to work. Engrave on wood, leather, acrylic, metal—let us know your materials of choice, and we’ll find the machine to match.

If you’re ready to upgrade your machine, take your business to the next level, or just create, we’re here to help.

Questions? Comments? Curious about our laser system technology? Schedule a call today. We actually answer our phones.