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.
The material is completely cut through by the laser.
The material is only cut a certain depth, leaving score marks on the surface.
A large area of the material is etched, leaving a burnt, concave region on the surface.
Digital printing onto wood, card and many more materials. Screen printing can also be arranged.
5 STEPS FOR LASERCUTTING
2 – THICKNESS
|Maximum cutting thickness:||6mm (depending on material)|
|Maximum etching thickness:||80mm|
|Maximum printing thickness:||300gsm / 0.5mm|
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.