Scale modelmakers now providing laser cutting services to students, designers and creatives alike.

Laser Cutting FAQs

Can you laser cut metal?

Our lasers are perfect for cutting acrylic, plywood, mdf, card, paper, leather, fabrics and a range of other materials.

They are unfortunately not suitable for cutting metals other than engraving anodized aluminium.

The options for cutting metals are lasercutting, cnc routing , waterjet cutting and acid-etching.

We suggest you try lazerwizard for your metal cutting needs (tell them we sent you).

Can you laser cut paper, fabric or leather?

Yes! We don’t stock them but you are welcome to bring your own. Just make sure to supply a little more than you need for your file so that we can do some testing. Precutting it to fit either of our laser beds. Max Size either 800x450mm or 1200x600mm

Do you offer a student discount?

We offer 10% off for students, as well as 10% off for any job over $500 and 15% for orders over $1000. We will always try to match any competitor’s written quote.

How long will it take?

Most small and medium jobs can be completed within two days of receiving your approval of our quote. Larger jobs are usually completed within a week or two depending on the scale of the project. For production quantity runs we can split projects into smaller batches to be delivered weekly of fortnightly.

We will always give a firm time-frame with every quote, but be sure to ask if you need your cutting done in a faster timeframe – We try to accommodate even silly requests!

How much will it cost?

Most projects range between $25-$250 but it is based on the number of drawings or sheets, the material/labour costs and the time it takes to cut (roughly proportional to the total length of the lines in your drawing).

What file format do you need?

The most consistent file formats for us to import are .pdfs, .eps, .cdr and .dxf files are also accepted. (We can often import .ai, .dwg, files but we sometimes detect errors that are not immediately obvious).

Ideally send your drawing in two formats (e.g. send you file as a pdf + ai or a .dwg + .dxf) so we have something to compare against. Our formatting templates and requirements are found under the ‘Draw Your File’ tab.

What glues do you stock and recommend?

For acrylic: For surfaces, we sell and recommend double-sided tape (which we can laser cut) or acrylic solvent. For edge joins we sell and recommend acrylic solvent, Weldon16 gel or Zap superglue.

For timber & card: for surfaces, we sell and recommend PVA and Kwik-grip advanced. For joining edges we sell and recommend Superglue and Tarzan’s Grip.

We have experience with many materials and adhesives, so if you have special requirements, just ask for our suggestions.

What is protective paper for?

On jobs where the appearance of the finished product is important we recommend specifying protective paper to protect the surface of plywood, fabric, leather and sometimes card from burn/smoke marks that may result from the cutting process. The paper can be easily removed once the cutting has been completed.

Incidentally, the paper can also be useful during painting since it is posible to peel up just the sections to be painted while the rest remains masked.

What is the biggest size that you can cut?

We have two universal brand laser machines: 1200 x 600mm and 800 x 450mm max cutting dimensions. Most of our materials come in these sizes as well. Consider using our offcuts or 1/2 sheets.

What thickness can you cut through?

We can cut acrylic, MDF and plywood up to 12mm depending on density. Card to 4mm. Our maximum cutting thickness for other materials varies, so we usually do a test-cut to determine correct settings.