The laser cutter utilizes high intensity laser beams to penetrate through materials, leaving a fine cutting edge. A variety of outcomes can be acheived by varying the speed and intensity. The end product can be a combination these outcomes, creating textured 2D surfaces.

Cutting

The material is completely cut through by the laser.

Engraving

The material is only cut a certain depth, leaving score marks on the surface.

Rastering

A large area of the material is etched, leaving a burnt, concave region on the surface.

Printing

Digital printing onto wood, card and many more materials. Screen printing can also be arranged.

Once you’re ready, you can send us your file for a quote.

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Otherwise simply follow our simple steps below to set up your file now!

5 STEPS FOR LASERCUTTING

1 – SIZE

Maximum size for lasercutting: 300 x 600mm
Maximum size for etching/rastering only: 320 x 620mm
Maximum size for printing: SRA3 320 x 450mm

2 – THICKNESS

Maximum cutting thickness: 6mm (depending on material)
Maximum etching thickness: 80mm
Maximum printing thickness: 300gsm / 0.5mm

3 – FILE FORMAT

Preferred File Formats
(download template):
AI (Illustrator)
3DM (Rhino3d)
DWG (AutoCad)
Other Acceptable File formats: PDF / EPS / SVG / JPG / PNG
File Format For Printing: AI (Illustrator)
File Color Mode (Illustrator): RGB
Drawing units: mm
Drawing scale: 100%

4 – FILE LAYER STRUCTURE

Vector Cutting Lines: Cut (R255, G0, B0)
Vector Etching Lines: Etch (R0 G255 B0)
Raster Etching Regions: Raster (R0 G0 B255)

5 – DRAWING SETUP

All vector linework (for laser cutting or laser etching) should be set to 0.01pt (Illustrator) or 0.01mm/Hairline (Autocad or Rhino3d files) line thickness.

All lines need to be continuous or closed lines (polylines) as the lasercutter will follow this line and cut out the product by fully penetrating the material.

Rastering regions should be a solid coloured hatch. Linework that is intended for raster etching should be no less than 1pt/0.4mm as the artwork will not etch very well. Use vector etching for lines thinner than this.

The minimum thickness for and spacing between objects should be at least 2mm or equal to the material thickness.
ie pieces cut from a 1.5mm plywood should have minimum width of 2mm.

All text objects need to be converted to line objects. Single line fonts are specifically designed for lasercutting however you can simply Create Outlines (Illustrator) or Explode (AutoCAD or Rhino) to prepare text objects for lasercutting.

Create a bounding template of the same dimensions as the selected material size in the layer “outline” with a rgb black (R=0 G=0 B=0). Create a 5mm margin in rgb magenta (R=255 G=0 B=255) colour around the edges of the template.

Ready to begin lasercutting?