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Laser cutting is a digital subtractive fabrication technology that uses a laser to cut materials. When a machine engraves and cuts with a laser, it uses the technique based on thermal material removal. The high-power laser is projected in a small area of material, resulting in the heating of the material, melting and vaporizing it. The whole procedure is directed by a computer, which indicates the path that the laser beam will follow to cut the material. The laser beam is not touching the material, this is why there is such a high level of precision. The material used is usually a flat material (two-dimensional material with small thickness).
Laser engraving and cutting are widely used in many engineering applications, educational projects, and the creation of decorative objects. Compared to other fabrication techniques, it is relatively economical and it is usually preferred for the creation of small batches that require a high level of detail. The laser cutters are also used commercially for industrial applications and by hobbyists.
While choosing to use laser cutting, you will have to make your choice between laser cutting techniques, laser cutting materials, and laser cutters! It is possible to laser cut materials such as woods, or plastics, but you can also cut metals. There are different laser cutter techniques such as vector cutting, raster engraving, and vector engraving.
Regardless of if the Laser Cutter is a desktop, an industrial, or multifunctional type, it is definitely an expensive purchase. Aside from the cost of the machine itself and any upgrading of it, comes the additional cost of maintenance, the cost of the materials, the cost of the electrical power consumed, the cost of the time you spend learning to operate the machine and cut your materials properly, and the cost of waste/scrap. What could you do in order to avoid all these additional costs that are arising quite often? A safe solution to create your laser cut project would be to use a Laser Cutting service!
Using an online service to create your projects, you don’t have to worry about all these expenses. You are guaranteed that the part you ordered will be delivered to you on time and in the proper quality.
Sculpteo is well-known as the best online 3D printing service but it is not just that. Sculpteo provides Laser Cutting services too. More than 60 variations to cut or engrave materials in different colors and thicknesses! You can discover all our available materials and choose the one that fits your project best! Once you upload your file on our platform, our production algorithm analyzes the amount of material you need and how long the cutting will take. This provides you more autonomy in the cut settings, transparency of the price change and faster delivery of your parts.
Together with Sculpteo’s expertise in design and manufacturing, you can also work with Sculpteo Studio. Our professional industrial designers will, according to your needs, provide you design, consulting and training services, that will help you achieve the best result for your project. Do not hesitate to contact us if you want to start a design collaboration with Sculpteo Studio.
A wide range of materials can be laser cut with high precision, where traditional manufacturing methods prove to be inefficient. Typical materials processed by the laser cutters are: acrylic, plywood, MDF, cardboard, and POM.
Laser cutter materials can be found in a variety of thicknesses, which influences their rigidity and mechanical properties. Depending on the material and its thickness, it is suitable for different purposes. We prepared this guide, which will be proven to be very useful if you want to get familiar with which materials fit better each laser-cut application.
It is recommended that you save your 2D file in .SVG format, as it gives the best results. However, we remind you that at Sculpteo online Service, we accept and process many more types of file formats, such as: .AI (v9), .CDR (v7-X4), .DXF, .EPS, .PDF, .RAR, .ZIP and of course .SVG
In order to enrich your knowledge in the field, we suggest you have a look at our ebook about Laser Cutting. You can find plenty of information around this manufacturing field, from design guidelines to examples of industrial applications. You can download it for free here.
3D printing enables the creation of almost everything you dream about. Though, in some cases, 3D printing is not the answer. Indeed, in some cases, Laser Cutting may be a better solution than any other manufacturing techniques. This was the case of our customer iTabNav, which sells parts dedicated to the use of tablets on boats. For creating one of their accessories, they used our POM laser cut material because it was a better option than 3D Printing.
However, you can use more than one manufacturing technique for your projects. At Sculpteo, we created furniture using 3D printing and laser cutting for a 3D print exhibition in Lyon! Also, this drone was created by using both laser cutting and 3D printing! Each technology has its own benefits, and the combination of both provides an excellent and complete result.
We hope this little guide helped you learn more on the laser cutter options that are available right now, select the right materials, and use our laser cutting service!
If you feel inspired enough to create your next project, all you have to do is to upload your file here, and we will take care of the rest!
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