Our 80 Watt CO2 lasers can cut and engrave a variety of materials such as common MDF/Plywood to 6mm and Acrylic to 12mm thick.
For everyones comfort and safety we prefer to cut well-known materials – although we’ll also cut custom material but which may require a test cut/engrave/research or data sheet. Materials that smell really bad but are otherwise relatively harmless will have our famous stink surcharge – so please don’t be offended
The largest piece of material we can fit in our large laser cutter is 1400mm x 900mm but please allow for a small border around your artwork so that we can situate it properly and please note we can get larger cuts and metal jobs completed via our partners.
Cutting or Engraving
In order to be able to process your artwork we’ll need a reference of some sort. We can use almost anything – from paper and pen to full digital files and our preferred and most stable file formats are DXF and JPG.
You are always welcome to send us your file and ask us to check it to make sure that the final cut file looks like your original file. If you do that, give us a call/email to let us know. If you are physically coming to The Wellington Makerspace to get something cut -please book a time with us in advance and it is also a good idea to bring a laptop with you so that you can make modifications to your file if necessary.
Because of various inconsistencies between programs or even different versions of the same program, it is always good to save your file in a few different formats, especially if you will not have the option to work on it once at TWMS.
We can cut
- Acrylic (up to 12mm)
- Wood (up to 6mm; not pressure treated, stained, or finished)-We carry 4mm birch plywood in stock as it’s really nice to cut. Some specialty hardwoods cannot easily be cut with the laser. Be prepared for testing if you are considering using such material.
- Stamp Rubber
- Leather (up to 3mm) although very stinky and very slow…
We can work with, but not cut [in-house]
- Metal e.g. etching aluminium
We cannot cut
- Vinyl or anything ‘faux-leather.’ VERY POISONOUS – If you’re not sure whether what you’ve got contains chlorine, you can check on the MSDS (if you can’t find it there, ask the vendor or manufacturer directly).
- Metals [we can mark though]
We will not cut
- ABS and other styrene plastics
Small Production Run
$2/min + setup + material (if bought from us)
Setup will be charged at our standard rate. Please see the note below for details.
Surcharge for Leather/Rubber (and other especially stinky materials)
Any job that requires extensive set up or continuous attention will be charged additionally at our labour
rate @$95/hr+GST. Billable in 0.25hr increments
Discounts and Large run jobs.
Discounts are available with bulk buying of minutes
For large run production jobs we can offer discounts – please talk to us about your particular requirements.
We offer a Laser introduction on a regular basis so you can operate the laser yourself. Please check our Meetup portal for dates.
You can download ready files for laser cutting from Thingiverse
or if you’re into card/paper art, why not try cubeecraft.com
Or just Google “lasercutting” …