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We bought a new Laser Engraving machine for our Laser Engraving and Cutting Auckland Service. After 2020 events, we expanded our capacity. Self-Inking Stamps Ltd has been laser cutting and laser engraving for over a decade now. The bulk of the work has been for rubber stamp production. However parallel with that in a smaller way other work associated with a laser machine has been performed on request with our current clients. Generally, this was in the form of “Hey with your laser machine can you do this?” Quite often we could. However, this was severely restricted by the machine size, power, and speed. Well, that has all changed!
Having fielded many enquiries and a desire to expand what we current make a bigger, better, faster, stronger machine was on the shopping list. Ever since the Austrian made Trotec Speedy 360 was launched this machine had been on Trent’s radar. On the top of his wish list!
There is a vast array of materials that can be laser cut or laser engraved. Here is a quick overview of what you could have processed.
Please go through this list as we suggest many laser engraving and laser cutting options associated with each of the below materials.
Most of the work is with acrylics. Currently in our stamp production we are making traditional style stamps with the custom hand stamp and the rocker stamp using laser cut acrylic base plates and handles.
Beyond this there are a vast array of solid one colour acrylic and laminated acrylic. The laminated acrylic can produce some stunning effects for artwork and signage.
Firing a laser beam carefully at glass can create a micro fracture of the surface giving an appearance like sandblasting or frosting.
This one is a little trickier. Great care and testing are required for the correct finish. Each batch of fabric can have different characteristics altering what happens when laser beam hits the material. Engraving fabrics and cutting fabric are possible. Cutting of fabrics can heat seal the edge of the cut reducing fraying allowing intricate detail to stay intact.
These are generally the acrylic type. A thick background acrylic has a very thin colour bonded to the surface. The laser machine vaporises the surface material exposing the backing colour. This is fantastic for many purposes both interior and for some laminate’s exterior projects as well.
These materials can be extremely thin at 0.1mm 2 ply stickers, 0.5mm, 1.6mm and 3mm in thickness. There are types with a clear acrylic and a coating on the reverse where this reverse colour is removed to make the text or image required. The front face is still smooth keeping signage cleaner for longer periods of time and able to be cleaned much easier. Where material is removed from the rear it can be spray painted with a vast array of colours to get a special effect.
Also mirror laminates are available. Here these have a clear front layer and a mirror material on the reverse. This can allow multiple methods of engraving via engraving the front surface giving a frosted appearance and engraving off the mirror material on the rear. That can also be spray painted for some great effects.
Leather can be both cut and engraved for some great effects. Vegetable tanned leathers are the preferred leather to engrave as there are toxins released from conventionally tanned leather.
Trotec have released a laserable leatherette for projects that needs a leather look without affecting any animals.
Our CO₂ laser does not cut metals. However, metals with a paint coating can be engraved. With this process the laser removes the paint back to the steel base. This is great for stainless steel and aluminium products. Also, in an additive process steel can be sprayed with a ceramic paint (black) and then have the custom pattern engraved on the paint. This process bakes the paint to the steel only where the laser fires. The remaining paint is washed off leaving a fantastic black mark on the steel.
Yes, paper can be both cut and engraved. You would think it would burn up in the process. However, with the correct setting stunning work can be achieved in paper. There are special papers produced specifically for laser engraving which as well can be used. These can be engraved by removing a coloured surface layer, kiss cut for folding and laser cut for extremely intricate paper cutting. Prototyping of packaging or promotional products can be performed. We have engraved the paper so thin it leaves just a few fibres behind and is see through. Fascinating to look at. The edge of the cuts is darker colour as this is essentially a burning process. Likewise, laser cutting cardboard is possible too. We have used corrugated cardboard for prototyping in the past.
Care must be taken with plastics. Some are toxic when cut with a laser beam. Please provide the materials handling certificate when asking us to engrave various plastics so we can check if it is a safe product to work with. Nylon, and associated type materials, is not laser engravable it is toxic to the operator and very destructive to the machine. Some foams can be cut, again we need to check the material specification.
Stone cannot be cut by laser machines. Stone can be laser engraved. The laser beam can create ultra-fine fissures to the surface of polished stone providing a frosted appearance. Stone being a natural material can have vastly different engraving outcome within very small distances. The natural materials embedded and difference in material density and colour can have dramatic differences in the laser engraving. Some materials like black polished granite or slate can have some great effects once engraved. Bolder details are better suited. However, some photos can be engraved to great effect on just the right products. By masking the area and laser engraving through the masking the engraved areas can be painted for some great contrast effects.
The last item has many uses and can be both lasers cut, and laser engraved for fantastic effect. Wood up to 12mm thick can be cut. MDF is a fantastic material to cut as the density and colour is very consistent. We have cut thicker than expected MDF due to the consistent cutting. Some brands are better than others due to the glues being used and percentage of wood present.
Cutting wood gives a dark colour edge. Thin materials can be just a light brown as not much energy is used and higher speeds. However, for thicker wood the edge can be very dark brown to black and have some soot. Engraving on wood usually requires some clean up afterwards as the vaporising of the wood produces a smoke with hot resins that can stain the surface. Usually, a light sanding will remove this effect. Having the timber sealed first and then engraving can stop this problem and require just a damp cloth to clean up.
Wood being a natural product will give varying results. The growth rings on wood being lighter and then darker laser engraves differently. The density of the wood will give a different effect for each part and the depth of engraving with change along with the colour. Having said that some woods give amazing results.
Cutting intricate detail can be achieved. The advantage of laser over CNC cutting is the very square corners. A CNC router bit being round cannot produce a square corner. A laser can cut into the fine corners. This can be helpful in lettering and signage.
While Self-Inking Stamps have products on the website finished and ready to go for you, we can also perform custom laser engraving or custom laser cutting projects for you.
You may supply the materials, or we may have them in stock. For supplied materials we will need test material. Setting a laser machine to engrave nicely requires adjustment of settings for power, speed and focal length which can take some time to get correct for the effect you require.
With all this information we can then check whether we can do the work for you and then provide a price to do it. Send all this information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can usually get an answer back to you in one to two working days.
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