Laser Cutting And Engraving
Some woods laser cut extremely well. The laser leaves a slightly dark
to dark edge on
the wood, this is removed by wiping or slightly sanding the edges.
The main woods we use are MDF and Birch plywood. We use laser quality
birch ply, this contains a lighter resin glue than industrial plywood
giving a better overall finish.
Most plastics laser cut very well, we can laser cut up to 10mm thick
acrylic, leaving a polished finish on the edges that requires very
little if any final machining.
Paper and card laser cut beautifully, we tend to use 300gsm card as
this gives the best results, we can make wedding invites and paper
We use A4 6mm thick laserable grey rubber to produce rubber stamps,
6mm enables us to get more depth and detail than with the standard
We use 300gsm Mylar film for stencils, it is very hard wearing, washable
Wood laser engraves really well and different effects can
be achieved by painting the wood first and very lightly engraving
the painted surface to reveal the wood texture.
MDF and Birch plywood give good results.
Metal cannot be directly laser engraved with a Co2 laser, so the surface
is first painted with a special emulsion paste which, when dried and
lasered gives a very sharp and permanent black image. Adonised aluminium
also engraves well as the different coloured surfaces reveal the base
silver colour through th engraved layer.
Plastics also laser engrave and cut very well, clear acrylic gives
very detailed effect when laser engraved. Also two core acrylics (
these are sheets of coloured acrylic with a very thin different coloured
top layer) the top layer is engraved to reveal the base colour giving
a very detailed image.
Marble, Granite and Ceramic Tiles
All of the above laser engrave with great detail
Photographs can be laser engraved into glass, wood, and plastic. Ceramic
tiles also produce god results when laser engraved. The best results
are achieved from high resolution images with a resolution of 300DPI