Explore All That Is Possible With Laser Cutters

A laser cutter or laser engraver probably ranks among the top five of wish-list items for many DIYers. The exotic equipment utilizes high-powered lasers to engrave various material types with a design or cut through them. The machines are similar to 3D printers, in that a computer controls its autonomous operation when it is assigned an outline or plan.

What Are Laser Cutting and Engraving Device Options?

Laser cutters and engravers get built with all sorts of dimensions. Each shape and size meet on a cost point scale radically. In the top tier are high-powered, extensive-duty, industry devices. At the scale’s bottom are limited material-cutting, bargain-basement priced units. Cutters in the middle range are designed and valued for deep-pocketed enthusiasts, small businesses, and makerspaces.

If a person is looking for a middle of the market cutter, BOSS Laser offers a professional-grade device for hobbyists and small commercial projects. The BOSS LS-1630 is ideal for those who want exceptional value without spending $15,000, like some industrial units. A few LS-1630 features include:

Windows 10 compatibility
 65-watt CO2 laser tube with an optional 100-watt upgrade
 Knife Blade and Honeycomb tables
 USB connectivity

what can you laser cut with a laser cutter?

wood
 paper
 cardboard
 cork
 acrylic
 thin polycarbonate sheeting
 cloth
 leather or suede

In addition to the above cut-able materials, you can also etch on the following:

flat glass
 ceramic tile
 anodized aluminum
 painted metals
 stone or marble

A Few Useful Laser Engraver and Cutter Tips

Add a light vector score to the engraving edge for a little additional sharpness.
 The reason raster engraving takes longer than a vector cut is because the laser head moves left to right then down the print area only a tiny amount at a time until the image gets engraved. Whereas, with a vector cut, the laser merely traces the cutting lines.
 Engraving on solid wood is different from on a manufactured material like plywood. Natural grains are not uniform and represent various growths of the timber. As a result, it burns inconsistently. Lighter grains are soft, and darker grains are hard.
 Use masking tape to cover the surface of your material to prevent staining of the edges from the smoke caused by engraving.
 For organizing many parts, save multiple designs into a single file as individual layers. Then, print them one at a time, instead of having separate files for each piece.

10 Cutting and Engraving Ideas and Applications

Just like there are many types of materials a laser cutter can cut, so are there numerous different laser cutting applications. Each of the uses gives rise to tons of various laser cutter ideas, which could inspire hobbies or extend the offerings list of a small business.

Glass: etched Champagne glass
 Rubber: engraved rubber stamp
 Signage: laser-cut acrylic sign
 Metal: laser-etched pistol
 Leather: engraved cat or dog collar
 Awards: engraved metal plaque
 Photo: etched images into a piece of wood
 Toys: laser-cut plastic dinosaur model
 Digital printing: business cards or brochures
 Fabric: engraved denim jeans