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Laser cutter - should we get one?

A new STEM teacher is coming on board and has a lot of experience with a laser cutter. I'm considering getting one to complement our CNC.

We currently have a shop-bot 24in desktop CNC.

Have about 10K to spend. A bit more if necessary for venting upgrades in room.

Do we buy a laser cutter?

Pros known:
-our new faculty member knows laser cutter tool well
-introduces our students to another tool that is commonly used in industry

Cons known:
-fume management
-additional tool to maintain
-additional software to learn for students

Questions:
A. what are other pros and cons from FRC perspective for laser cutter?
B. what are other pros and cons from a general middle school/high school STEM curriculum perspective for laser cutter?
C. How much functional overlap is there with the two tools?
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