What is a laser cutting and how we do it?

Lasers have been commonly used for over three decades. Thanks to versatility and quick processing time they became one of the most popular among designers, sign makers, manufacturers and last but not least - creative individuals who needs laser cutting or engraving technique turn into art. In our company we use CO2 laser machine with 120W power which can provide cost effective soloution with excellent quality cutting results.

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We can offer you some great drawing services and graphics design starting from £20+VAT or help you to decide on a suitable design of your own. Just get in contact with us for some advice.

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Before we laser cut your project we double check your files if all will be cut correctly and if necessary we will contact with you to get final approval.

Also you can check with our quick guide How to setup file for
laser cutting / engraving

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Our quick and quality laser cutting service is based in London.

Our standard UK delivery rates are from £8.40 for small parcels to £12 for bulk size items.
We can also ship internationally.


Which materials are suitable for laser cutting?

Laser cutting is very versatile to work with many different materials.
You can find most common materials below.
If you have a specific one on your mind and would like to know if we would be able to cut it for you - please get in touch with us.

WE CAN NOT CUT METALS


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Birch Plywood / Poplar Plywood

Laser grade plywood gives a cleaner finish than regular plywood which tends to use exterior glue which burns badly and gives a charred effect to the edge. For this reason, we use interior glue plywood which tends to have a much nicer, biscuit coloured edge when cut. As a standard, we back plywood to prevent from burn marks, some sanding might be needed to give a more uniform finish.

Cutting and engraving plywood is often used for jewellery, signage, model making, artwork, toy making, furniture, window displays and much more.

Sheet size: 900x600mm, 600x400mm*
Thicknesses: 1.5*, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 12mm

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MDF / Veneered MDF

MDF tends to cut fairly cleanly with a few burn marks which are easy to remove with light sanding.

It is a great material to use for prototyping, props and window displays as it a low cost material that cuts well.

We can back with backing paper to reduce burn marks if a clean finish is required.

Sheet size: 1000x600mm
Thicknesses: 6mm

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Cork

Cork gives a charred effect to the edges when cut. As a standard, we back cork to prevent from burn marks from both sides.

Cutting and engraving cork is mostly used for promotional items, placemats, coasters, artwork, model making and much more.

Sheet size: 940x600mm
Type: Finest grain cork
Thicknesses: 3mm


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Clear acrylic

Cast acrylic cuts beautifully cleanly. We cut with it's protected plastic sheet in tact to prevent from scratches.

Laser cutting acrylic is often used for applications such as jewellery, signage, model making and much more.

Sheet size: 1000x600mm
Thicknesses: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15mm

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Coloured acrylic

When engraving cast acrylic, it turns a lovely milky white colour and so doesn't show up so well on white acrylic, but looks stunning on black and other darker colours.

Sheet size: 1000x600mm
Thicknesses: 3, 5, 10mm

 

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Mirror acrylic* / fluorescent acrylic

Engraving mirrored acrylic works best when reversing the image and engraving it from the back - this way, the image shows through cleanly and it has more of a three dimensional feel to it.

Sheet size: 1000x600mm
Thicknesses: 3mm*, 3mm and 5mm


Tips and tricks

We can also cut acrylic and some other materials with the adhesive tape from the back side. This helps to reduce post processing time for variety of projects - just peel and stick, simple as that. For more information please call or send us an email.


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Engraving laminates

Engraving laminates cut very nicely, with a clean edge and minimal burn marks.

Engraved laminates are used for labelling, signage, name plates, trophy plates and badges.

Also available with adhesive tape from the back.

Sheet size: 600x300mm*, 1200x600mm
Thicknesses: 0.2mm Laser foil*, 0.75mm, 1.6mm and 3.2mm
Colours and finishes: available in multiple colours, silver, gold, bronze.

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Grey board

Cork gives a charred effect to the edges when cut. As a standard, we back cork to prevent from burn marks from one side as the other side stays pretty clean without.

Cutting and engraving cork is mostly used for promotional items, placemats, coasters, artwork, model making.

Sheet sizes: 900x600mm
Thicknesses: 1mm, 1.5mm, 2mm

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Mount board

Mount board cutting can produce some very impressive results as you can produced some very detailed work, the material is quite versatile to work with.

Laser cutting on mount board is often used for applications such as architectural models, wedding invitations, business cards and props for window displays and much more.

Sheet sizes: A1
Thicknesses: 1.4mm


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Foam / Plastazote

We can cut all kinds of foam inserts for your needs - Whether you are looking for a bespoke one-off box insert or a large run for your packaging needs - we can help.
Laser cut foam inserts give a professional look and add stability and safety when packaging your product. Foam can also be engraved with very successful results. When laser cutting foam, the edge is sealed by the heat of the focused beam. The higher the density of the foam, the cleaner the cut will be.
Cutting and engraving foam is most often used for packaging inserts, model making and more. The kerf (the amount of material that is burnt off during the cutting process) will be around 1mm depending on the thickness.

Sheet sizes: 1000x1000mm
Thicknesses: 3, 5, 10, 12, 15mm

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Genuine leather

Cutting and engraving leather and textiles can look really stunning, whether you are looking for a bespoke one-off piece for fashion or a batch product. We can help you achieve something really beautiful. Laser cutting and engraving leather and textiles is often used for applications such as textile sampling, fashion design, furniture design and much more. Get in touch to see whether laser cutting will be suitable for your project.

We don't keep stock of fabrics or leather so you would need to supply us with your own stock. Laser cutting can produce some burn effects as it cuts with heat, however, if you require a clean cut, we can back materials with adhesive backing to protect from any burn marks. 


Other materials that we can laser cut

Plastics

  • fake leather (not based on PVC)
  • vinyl adhesive film (not based on PVC)
  • garment heat-transfer films, flock, flex (not based on PVC)
  • Mylar
  • Polypropylene
  • Nylon
  • Perspex / Plexiglass
  • Recycled acrylic / Greencast
  • Lucite
  • Vivak / Polycarbonate / PETG
  • Altuglas
  • silicon rubber up to 3mm thickness
  • textiles: neoprene, felt etc.

Natural based materials

  • genuine leather: up to 4mm thickness
  • wood veneer
  • paper and card
  • Mirri card
  • tissue paper
  • manilla stencil card
  • corrugated card
  • bamboo plywood
  • solid wood up to 15mm