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Laser Cut

Laser cutting is one of the easiest and time-efficient digital fabrication techniques.

The machine takes bidimensional vectors or raster images as input, making it easy to use even if you have not mastered 3D or CAD software. 

The laser cutter has two operational modes: raster engraving and vector engraving/cutting, that can be combined to make many different objects. These include intricate paper cuts, xylography woodblock engraving, quadcopter frames and fashion accessories.

Model:
GCC SpiritGLS

Laser specs:
80W CO2 laser with infrared wavelength, spot size 0.2 mm when on focus

Work area and details

960 x 610 mm (XY)
Part max. height 170 mm

Thickness: up to 8-10 mm on plexiglass and wood (a bit thicker on softer materials like felt and foam)

Materials

Any dry organic material like wood, plywood, mdf, paper, cardboard, cotton, natural leather, wool felt. Some plastic materials like PMMA (acrylic, plexiglass), EVA foam boards, acrylic textiles, EPDM rubber, and polypropylene sheets.

Engraving on some ceramic materials is possible but needs to be tested, such as engraving logos on bricks, stones or markings on glass.

Organic and some plastic materials may have a burnt edge with a different degree of visibility.

Input files:

Any 2D vector file, it is better to export it in DXF (2004 version) for maximum compatibility.
Raster images for engraving should be saved in grayscale JPG (in RGB format).

Price:

1.5 dot/minute plus cost of materials (optional if you bring your own)