What Can You Do With a Laser Cutter?

Laser cutting

laser cut polymer for stampsThe art of laser engraving and cutting is a unique and vast one.  It spans a lot of different mediums and serves a lot of different purposes.  Laser engraving can be used to design and create all kinds of custom gifts, keepsakes, and one-of-a-kind art pieces including engraved rolling pins, labelled glass spice jars, rubber stamps, wine glasses, shadow boxes, and so much more! If you are a DIY type learning how to use a laser engraver can be a really useful skill whether you’d like to create memorable gifts for family members and loved ones as a hobby or if you choose – to make money.  Either way, learning how to use a laser engraver could greatly impact your life! Since you’re just getting started let’s begin with the basics.  Here’s a great article on using a laser for rubber stamp making.  A CO2 laser will laser cut and engrave different polymers for beautiful stamps.

Laser engraving can be use on many different mediums including; wood, plastic, leather, fabric, acrylic, coated metals, ceramics, and of course rubber.  If you’re also interested in laser cutting there are a few different mediums for that too including; wood, plastic, cloth, paper, rubber, cork, acrylic, leather, melamine, and more. Laser cutting is used primarily by artists and engineers but people who don’t consider themselves either one of these things can enjoy it as well. A laser cutter is a prototyping and manufacturing tool that rasters and etches designs using heat from thin, focuses laser beams.  Laser cutting is a great way for artists and designers to create their works in a powerful and dynamic way.

Laser cutters and engravers work a lot like a printer.  In order to make the most of their technology you’ll need some kind of software to create your designs on. There are many different laser cutting design software options out there including Adobe Illustrator. When finding the best software program for you keep in mind that most programs are divided into two main groups – 2D and 3D laser machines.  Be sure to read reviews before buying one.  Check out this CamFIVE review.  Think about the kind of work you’ll be doing before selecting the program that’s right for you.  Once you’ve created your design and you’re ready to bring it to life keep in mind that only the thinnest lines will be cut by the laser.  Every other design element or line with a different thickness other than those that register as “hairline” will be rasterized. Rasterizing is when an image stored as an outline is converted into pixels that can be displayed on [Read the rest]

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