Air assist is used to maintain the cut/engraving region free of debris and the beam route free of smoke. It works similarly to coolant on a lathe.

In 2014 i coined the term “smoke assist” to describe the assistance of air flow inside the machine to maintain the optics clear of smoke and prevent dirt from settling on your optics.

Air assist on the k40 laser machine

For engraving and cutting to be as efficient as possible, air assist helps keep the cut area clear of debris and smoke.

Smoke assist on your k40 laser machine

This guide will help you with smoke assist, to keep optics and the machine free from smoke and optimize efficiency