Coherent Inc. has expanded its family of compact, flexible laser machining centers with the MetaBeam. It delivers high-precision processing of metals with compact, sealed CO2 lasers, and it also performs nonmetal processing. The laser machining center integrates the machine frame, CNC controller, laser, beam-delivery and drive systems, and laser cutting head into one compact structure with a standard table size of 1.25 x 1.25 m or, optionally, 1.25 x 2.5 m. Switching materials or thickness can be done with its focal axis, featuring a capacitive sensor that accurately maintains the standoff distance from the workpiece. Its cutting head is protected from any damage by a magnetic breakaway system. Typical applications include medical components; point-of-purchase displays; automotive and aerospace components; electrical enclosures; wood, metal and plastic cutting and engraving; furniture parts; architectural models; and rapid prototyping.