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What is "laser cutting"?

Submitted by admin on Wed, 07/16/2014 - 19:04

A laser Engraver/Cutter is a computer controlled machine that uses a focused beam of infrared light as the cutting tool and cuts by vaporizing the material being cut.

As the laser cutting process does not use a mechanical cutter and the laser can be focused to a point only 0.005" across it can cut materials and detailed parts that would be impractical to cut using any other process.

Different materials react differently when they are laser cut. In general organic materials (wood, wood composites, and leather) have a darker edge when cut. Some plastics have a clean polished edge when laser cut, others melt back slightly, some discolor, and some others just melt into a puddle. To check how your material cuts please send a small piece of your material and return postage and we will make a sample for you.

If you have any questions about having a part laser cut, please contact us.

Laser cutting applications:

Due to the incredible versatility of this process and the range of materials that can be processed the following list is not all-inclusive but rather a sample of what can be done with laser cutting.

  • Plastic / Acrylic - letters, stencils, plaques, rulers, templates, toys, awards, craft parts, boxes, etc.
  • Fabric - letters, appliqu├ęs, patches, ribbons, buttonholes, cut outs, decorations, craft parts, etc.
  • Foam plastic / rubber - stamps, protective bases, gaskets, decorations, toys, etc.
  • Leather - pockets, patches, craft components, key fobs, wallets, purses, knife sheaths, containers, bracelets, decorations, etc.
  • Paper - cut outs, scrap booking, crafts, gaskets, decorations, presentation bags, fold up shapes, etc.
  • Polyester and Mylar - stencils, templates, and patterns, resist film, covering, decorations, packaging, etc

Wood - models, letters, puzzles, grills, fret work, scrollwork, decorative accents, craft parts, robot parts, clocks, templates, boxes, toys, inlays, ornaments, signs, etc.