Competitor X vs Thunder Laser

Thunder is built better, engraves and cuts faster, is more powerful, and has better support and software.

Thunder is 4x faster than Competitor X

All of our machines engrave at speeds up to 1,000 mm/s which is almost twice as fast as the Competitor X 600 mm/s. Additionally, our motors actually accelerate faster (3G) as well, which is how we will produce engravings up to four times as fast.

Our machines work flawlessly with LightBurn

While “Competitor X” is semi-compatible with LightBurn, many users find the functionality to be limited at best. Make sure you get a machine that fully runs on LightBurn!

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.

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.

All high-quality parts means better engraving.

Our machines are incredibly well made with materials we often machine. Lots of machines out there can be made of cheap plastic that shake when engraving, producing poor results.

Additionally, some hobbyist-grade machines aren’t well-wired and break down frequently. Consider this, along with additional cost and time of upgrades that are often required.

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.

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.

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.

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Competitor X vs Thunder 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:

Competitor X Thunder Bolt Nova 24 Nova 35 Notes
Base Price $4,999 $5,495 $7,400 $9,900
Shipping Included Yes Yes Yes Yes
Working Area 26” x 14” 20” x 12” 24” x 16” 35” x 24”
Speed 600mm/s 1000mm/s 1000mm/s 1000mm/s Thunder is 3-4x faster than Glowforge
Build Quality Hobbyist Grade Industrial Grade Industrial Grade Industrial Grade
Tube 55w Glass 30w RF 60w Glass 80w Glass 30w RF has cutting capacity of 45w Glass
Heat Alarm Optional Yes Yes Yes Safety Feature for Fire Hazard
Red Dot No Yes Yes Yes For locating the laser beam
Chilling Needs Water Pump Included Air Cooled RF TUBE Water Chiller CW5000 Water Chiller CW5000 Glass tubes need chilled water to extend life
Camera Built-In Built-In Optional Optional
Internal Memory Unknown 1000MB 1000MB 1000MB
Z-axis Movement 3” 4.3” 6.1” 9”
Warranty One Year Two Years Two Years Two Years
Base Price Shipping Included Working Area Speed Build Quality Tube Dual Stage Air Heat Alarm Red Dot Passthrough Chilling Needs Camera Internal Memory Z-axis Movement Warranty
XTool P2 $4,999 Yes 26” x 14” 600mm/s Hobbyist Grade 55w Glass No Optional No Yes Water Pump Included Built-In Unknown 3” One Year
Thunder Bolt $5,495 Yes 20” x 12” 1000mm/s Industrial Grade 30w RF No Yes Yes No Air Cooled RF Tube Built-In 1000MB 4.3” Two Years
Nova 24 $7,400 Yes 24” x 16” 1000mm/s Industrial Grade 60w Glass Yes Yes Yes Yes Water Chiller CW5000 Optional 1000MB 6.1” Two Years
Nova 35 $9,900 Yes 35” x 24” 1000mm/s Industrial Grade 80w Glass Yes Yes Yes Yes Water Chiller CW5000 Optional 1000MB 9” Two Years
Notes Thunder is 3-4x faster than Glowforge 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 Glass tubes need chilled water to extend life

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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.