CO2 Laser Cutting
Laser cutting is a process where a laser beam is guided by mirrors in order to evaporate the material in the way of the beam, thereby cutting the material. This means that the cutting kerf is very thin, and because it’s a non-contact way of cutting materials you can get very fine details.
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Our new manufacturing service where you can order laser cut & engraved parts directly!
We do laser cutting in-house. Here are the machines we employ at this moment. Keep in mind that the limits of these machines is not always the limit of what we can make. We have a wide network of manufacturing partners to help you realize your project!
Trotec Speedy 400
This piece of Austrian engineering is one of the finest CO2 laser machines on the market. With its ceramic laser tube and high speed servos it can do high quality engravings at blazing speed. It’s a precision instrument, no less.
– Working area: 1000x600mm
The kalashnikov. The sledgehammer. This tride and true blocky Chinese creation has served us incredibly well. Hard to beat in terms of getting something done quick. It also uses a DC laser tube, which in some cases can outperform more advanced RF tubes in terms of edge quality.
– Working area: 1300x900mm
What we can work from
We are very flexible in the way that we can pretty much work from basically anything.
The absolute best basis for laser cutting. We work with almost any format. (ai, eps, cdr, pdf, dxf.. you name it)
Supplying an image is also possible. We can trace your design in CAD, or even computer-vectorize complex designs.
Hand drawn sketch
Come on in with your drawing and we will recreate it. Just make sure to provide all the measurements!
For simple parts a simple explanation is often good enough. (e.g. “a 5 x 5cm square with a 1cm hole in the middle”)
Things to think about
Laser cutting is a relatively straight-forward process. However there are a handful of things to keep in mind:
The laser beam removes around 0,1 – 0,3mm (depending on the material) of the material that’s being cut. So in applications where accuracy is important, the edge needs to be compensated before cutting.
When the laser beam hits the cutting table below the material, it can produce a very small mark in the material, due to the metal table reflecting the laser beam back. However, it can be avoided by raising the part from the table.
Some materials, such as PVC releases chloride gases that corrode the optics on the machines, and are therefore unsuitable for laser cutting. However, feel free to ask if you have a material not listed to the left!
Can’t wait to get something laser cut?
Neither can we. Just contact us and we’ll go to work on your idea!