If you want to stand out with customers or clients then you should understand the benefits of laser cutting.

Within the past few years, businesses have launched which specialize in custom laser cutting operations. These specialists work with everything from metal to paper. Cutting paper with a laser is particular exciting because it allows very complex designs to be replicated exactly. Paper works as an excellent substrate and can be cutting with near perfect edges.

Until the past few years paper products have been cut by a hand with scissors or by a blade-based machine. Both of these methods have severe limitations. With hand cutting, the cut is only as good as the worker and machines quickly dull or lose alignment. Both of these methods often produce a less than perfect result. Unfortunately, a few decades ago before the commercialization of the laser these were the only options.

Another benefit is the relative speed of most commercial systems. Hand cutting detailed patterns can take hours or even days. Also, with hand cutting, mistakes are frequent and precision is often fair at best. Powerful lasers have the ability to cut the same pattern in often a few seconds. Furthermore their ability to replicate the same design is unmatched with conventional methods. The newest system can cut with precise down to a fraction of a millimeter with a perfect edge. This precision also enables layering of patterns or even mass production of paper products.

Here are a few list of the laser cutting designs:

 

Clear Acrylic – 3.0 mm. Top Quality: Engraves Beautifully. Why is clear acrylic the #1 choice of makers in 2016? Because of what it shows during the reaction to the laser  machine. The surface and the area of the said thermoplastic engraves a super nice and artistic frosty finish product that catches the light so wonderfully and also the edges will melt smoothly instead of  burning such as the wooden materials.  Clear acrylic is popular for co2 laser machines as you can see here.

Amber Bamboo – 2.7 mm. Top Quality: Natural Honey Tone. Bamboo is said to be the super versatile. Makers will use it create designs for jewelry, electronics enclosures, tableware, conference badges, book covers, signage and also displays for sale purposes.

Birch Veneer – 5.2 mm. Top Quality: Thicker yet Economical. When you need thicker wood for your laser cutting projects, this is the top choice. Like its thinner companion, this birch is commonly used in making product for housings, drones, prototyping, clocks, furniture and also signage.

Black Acrylic – 3.0 mm. Top Quality: Classic Black. Black acrylic is a classic favorite. Why? Because engraving looks so good on this material. This frosty white kind of engraving contrasts creates a beautiful black design. Learn more detailed information at http://www.engineering.com/AdvancedManufacturing/ArticleID/15268/THIS-WEEK-IN-MACHINERY-Turning-Grinding-Laser-Cutting-More.aspx

Typical custom laser cutting projects begins with a designer creating a digital image of a pattern. This design should be reviewed carefully to ensure that all regions of the pattern are connected and well supported so it will be structurally strong. Modern co2 laser cutter system can cut thick paper products and even textiles which give designers a wide range of substrates to choose.

For more detailed patterns thicker substrates are often recommended to prevent structural instability. Often, trial or sample cutting on a variety of substrates to a good way to judge if the laser cut design is strong enough to fulfill its purpose. To avoid these downfalls often choosing a manufacture’s professional pre-made design can ensure it is both pleasing and functionally strong.

July 18th, 2017

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