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Acrylic Laser Cutting & Polypropylene Laser Cutting

plastic

Clear Acrylic – is available in 0.5, 0.75, 1.5, 2, 3, 4.5,6, 8 and 10mm. It has a neat, flame-polished edge. There is some taper on cut especially in thicker material.

White & Black Acrylic – is available in 2, 3, 4.5, 6 and 10mm. It has a neat, flame-polished edge. There is some taper on cut especially in thicker material. Matt black is also available in 2mm and 3mm, while matt white is only available in 3mm. It has one glossy side.

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Coloured Acrylic – 3mm Acrylic is available in a variety of colours. The full range of available colours is viewable here. Most colours are kept in stock but larger quantities may need to be ordered in (allow for an extra two days).

Polypropylene – 0.6mm and 0.8mm Polypropylene is available in translucent and solid colours. Cut edge is satisfactory, and heavy scoring works well, allowing for folding. Mechanical fixing only, as gluing this material is not effective.

Timber Laser Cutting & Plywood Laser Cutting

timber

Birch Plywood – is the highest quality available, imported from Finland. It is sustainably grown and harvested. It is available in 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1, 1.5, 2 and 2.5mm. It cuts nicely, but burnt edges are evident especially on the 2.5mm.

Hoop Plywood – is a high quality plywood. It is sustainably grown, harvested and produced in Australia. It is available in 1.5, 3, 4 and 7mm. It cuts nicely with a discoloured edge.

Luaun Plywood – is a mid-quality plywood with one medium quality face and one rough side. It is available in 3.6mm. It cuts nicely, but burnt edges are evident.

Premium Plywoods – these plywoods consist of Jarrah, Sassafras, Walnut, Fijian Cedar and Beech. These timbers comes in various thicknesses such as 1.25, 1.8, 2.5 and 3mm. Please refer to our list of materials to find out which timber comes in which thickness.

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Poplar Plywood – is available in 3mm and 6mm. This plywood is cheap and light weight with a good quality front and back face. It cuts very quickly with a discoloured edge.

Bamboo Plywood – is available in coffee or natural colour in 1.5, 2.5, 3.3, 4.5 and 7mm. It cuts nicely, but burnt edges are evident.

Basswood Sheet – is available in 0.6, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6mm. It cuts nicely with a discoloured edge. Note: Sheets are only 300mm wide not 460mm.

Cork Sheet – is available in  0.8, 2 and 3mm. It has a black edge when cut. Call to check availability.

MDF Sheet – is available in 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 9 and 12mm. It has a nice cut with a black edge. This is highest Australian standard EO grade mdf.

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Card Laser Cutting & Paper Laser Cutting

card and paper

Grey Boxboard Card – is available in 0.5,1.0,1.75, 2.5 and 3.0mm. Cuts nicely with slightly burnt edge.

White Mount Board / Screenboard – is available in 0.5,1,1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3mm. Cuts nicely, with slightly discoloured edge.

White Matt/Gloss Card – is available in 0.35mm. cuts cleanly, with slightly discoloured edge.

Note – to optimise material use we request that our 750 x 450mm template to be used for card cutting instead of our regular size.  Please call to discuss if full bed-size cutting is required.

Tip – if surface quality is important specify the use of application paper (frisk) to protect the top and/or bottom surfaces of your materials. Note that there is an extra cost for this service.

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BYO

BYO materials

We can also cut (but do not stock) the following materials. You are welcome to supply your own material, but we may need to do a test to ascertain suitability and laser settings. Please supply extra material to allow for recuts/cutting errors.

Leather – with a thickness 0.5-4mm. It will generally have a nice cut with discoloured or burnt edge depending on thickness. Note that extra labour is generally required prior to cutting to keep material flat, and use of a sacrificial mdf or card backing may also be required. We recommend using protective paper.

Cloth & Fabrics – of varying thickness. It will generally have good clean edge. Some polyesters may melt slightly. Note that extra labour is generally required prior to cutting to keep material flat, and use of a sacrificial mdf or card backing may also be required. We cannot cut PVC.

Solid Timber & Veneers – with a thickness < 5mm. It will usually have a burnt/discoloured or black edge. Cut quality and cutting cost depends on the timber species and thickness. Engraving into solid timber block is also quite popular.

note – we do not cut Styrene, PVC, Foamcore, Blue Foam, Glass, Carbon Fibre and Polycarbonates, due to noxious fumes produced when these materials are cut by the laserbeam. Our laser is unable to cut any form of metal.

Extras & Surface Protection

extra options

Protective Paper – is available and is recommended for all materials where the appearance of the cut surface is paramount. It will help to prevent flaring and smoke marks. It can also be used to protect card surfaces.When scored with the laser, the paper can be used as a paint mask by peeling up sections to be painted.

Note – acrylic already comes with a protective film. We remove the front layer to avoid burning and melt marking prior to cutting, but the top surface of acrylic is not particularly affected by flaring.

Double Sided Tape (DST) – is available and can be applied before laser cutting. It is especially useful when laminating layers of material as in a contour model.

Tip – consider how your pieces will be assembled as part of the design process, rather than as an after-thought. Avoid messy glue joins by integrating tabs and slots on your pieces or use double-sided tape rather than liquid adhesives.