Laser engraving and laser cutting machines can cut and engrave a wide range of materials. It is all up to your imagination – the laser will do the rest. The laser machine uses a thin beam of light that cuts and engraves from a design on the computer. For designers we now have the fast upload and laser cutting option. This means files that were prepared for laser cutting are ready to go into the laser cutting machine within 1 day for most orders.
Upload Your Design Files (Zipped) and get assistance from Lava Labs’ laser specialist.
How to upload your files:
Click the button above and upload one design file.
The best option for us is .DXF files, however, we also work with Adobe Illustrator (*.ai), Corel Draw(*.CRD), and Autocad (*.DWG and .DXF).
Tell us the material you would like to use and the thickness of the material.
That’s it! We will get back to you within 24 hours.
There are two things the laser does really well. One is vector cutting; that is using the laser beam to cut all the way through the material. The other is vector engraving, which is for etching line-by-line and turning the laser on and off to etch only the places in the design. The laser does not cut all the way through the material. We can use a variety of file types including DXF, DWG, CDR, AI, PDF, and SVG.
Upload 2D vector design files to us from programs like Adobe Illustrator CS®, AutoCad®, and CorelDRAW®. If you have a design we can work with these file extensions from DXF, DWG, CDR, AI, PDF, and SVG. If you don’t have a design we can help with that as well.
Laser-cutting acrylic is one of the best materials to cut and engrave on. It comes in many different colors and thicknesses. The two most common acrylic sheets available are cast and extruded. The thickness of the sheets is available from 0.060 inches or 1.5mm to 1 inch or 25.4mm. We usually use cast acrylic because it cuts well and leaves a great etch that resembles the frosted look. Below are the available types and colors of acrylic for laser cutting.
Wood can be laser cut from planed wood blanks. The thickness of the wood or plywood that the laser can cut depends on the species of wood and the glue that was used during the lamination process of the plywood. We can laser cut through the majority of woods and plywood up to 1-inch in thickness. For laser engraving on wood, it is particularly great if the wood is light like maple or cherry. That way the etching looks crisp and bold. We work with both domestic and exotic woods. The darker the wood the harder it is to see the engraving, so you’ll likely want to go with a lighter wood for etching or engraving. However, there are also inlays, where we can inlay one wood into another. This is great for combining light on dark wood. Feel free to ask us about inlays.
Cork is an amazing material that is, for the most part, a sustainable resource. It grows as the bark on the cork tree. Once every three years, they give the tree a “haircut” and take off the bark. Then the cork is made into usable materials such as sheets and rolls. They can be laser cut right into your design. It cuts really well on the laser cutter, leaving a great cutting edge. We have many types and sizes available and are always looking for new designs. Contact us to find out about the lastest cork stock we have available.
Cardboard and chipboard is another great material to laser cut and engrave. The variety of colors and textures are a cost-efficient way to prototype. By using the laser to cut flat and foldable sheets, you can create product faces, enclosures, logos, and much more.
Polyester fiber is a great material used in thermal heating and cooling products. They are also found in filtration products and need to be cut very precisely. The polyester fiberboard is inherently a good acoustic absorption material. It comes in various thicknesses, from 1/16 of an inch all the way up to 4 inches. Not only is the thickness variable, but so is the density and hardness. This material is very useful for prototyping.
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