Laser cutting - Services

By: Artline Engraving Design  09-12-2011
Keywords: laser, Laser Cutting, Laser Beam

"Laser Cutting"

                        A Laser cutting is a computer controlled machine process that uses a focused laser beam as the cutting tool and cuts by vaporizing the material being cut.

If you have any questions about having a part Laser cut, please contact us.

How to

Tips for Preparing Files for Laser Cutting

If you create your design using a program such as CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator, AutoCad …, here are some tips for designing your parts;

  • Draw all parts full size.
  • Use thin black lines (.001") where you want the laser to cut; the laser will cut down the center of the lines.
  • Include a 1" square for a size reference, and include just the outline of your parts.
  • Remove all fills and duplicated lines!
  • Include only one copy of each unique part and indicate how many of each you need.
  • Leave enough space around each part so that we can easily select them to create the cutting pattern.

Note that the absolute accuracy of the part may vary slightly depending on the material and its thickness.

The largest part we can cut is 24 X 48". If the part doesn't fit in an 24" X 48" box in your drawing program it will not fit in the Laser either!

Text, thick lines, bit maps, and fills (shaded areas) will be not be cut but may be engraved if that is required. Note that if a black graphic has a thin red outline the laser will engrave the area and then cut along the outline.

Applications & Materials

  • Plastic / Acrylic - letters, stencils, plaques, rulers, templates, toys, awards, craft parts, boxes, etc.
  • Fabric - letters, appliqu�s, patches, ribbons, buttonholes, cut outs, decorations, craft parts, etc.
  • Foam plastic / rubber - stamps, protective bases, gaskets, decorations, toys, etc.
  • Leather - pockets, patches, craft components, key fobs, wallets, purses, knife sheaths, containers, bracelets, decorations, etc.
  • Paper - cut outs, scrap booking, crafts, gaskets, decorations, presentation bags, fold up shapes, etc.
  • Polyester and Mylar - stencils, templates, and patterns, resist film, covering, decorations, packaging, etc
  • Wood - models, letters, puzzles, grills, fret work, scrollwork, decorative accents, craft parts, robot parts, clocks, templates, boxes, toys, inlays, ornaments, signs, etc.

               The laser cutter does not make coffee but it can cut a hole in a coffee bean to make a scented coffee bean necklace or bracelet!

                If you have any questions about what we do, if a material can be processed, or how the process can be used to make your parts please contact us.

We cannot laser cut;

  • Carbon fibre
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • PVC / Vinyl

To determine if your material is suitable for this process please send a small piece of your material (4" X 4") and return postage and we will make a sample for you.


The largest part we can laser cut is 24" X 48".

Plastic thickness is nominal and can vary by + or -10%.

The laser cuts at a slight taper. Due to the taper, one side of a laser-cut part (the side that the beam hits first) will have a slightly wider kerf (cut width) than the opposite side. The taper is almost unnoticeable in 1/8" material and more noticeable on thicker material. Note that this is not the case for Acrylic, which cuts with a vertical edge up to 1/2" thick.

The kerf (the thickness of the laser beam) is about 0.005". See tips above to learn how to adjust for the kerf.

The edges of some materials including Lexan, wood, and paper may be discoloured by smoke or charring. The thicker the material the more discolouration there will be.

The accuracy of the cut will be +/- .002".

Requesting a Quote

  • The drawing as an attachment.
  • How many copies of the drawing you want cut
  • When you would need the finished product by
  • Material you would like to have the product made from.
  • Any other information that you feel would be helpful to us in returning a quote.

For larger jobs (order totalling over 2 hours and repeat production runs) we offer a lower per minute cost.

Orders paid by PayPal, money order, bank draft, or certified cheque will be added to the production schedule immediately.

Orders paid by personal cheque will be held until the cheque clears and will then be added to the production schedule. No order will be processed before receiving payment in full. Most jobs are shipped within 3 business days of receiving payment.

Keywords: laser, Laser Beam, Laser Cutting

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