How to Use a Laser Cutting System to Create Different Designs and Patterns

Posted on: 13 June 2016

If you are looking for the most useful tool in a typical modern shop, then look no further than the laser cutter! Today, laser cutting is being used for cutting wood, plastic, acrylic,fabric and many other kinds of non-metallic materials. A laser cutting machine enables you to cut some of the most intricate and highly detailed designs and patterns.

To use a laser system, you connect the machine to a computer, just like you would a printer. It will then cut the designs that you create using a graphic software program. All you need to do is set up the page size for the piece you want to engrave, then create your target image, and finally print it to your laser machine.The laser system will even engrave your material with the same system to your preferences!

Do laser systems cut through metal?

Normally, the level of frequency of a typical CO2 laser cutting machine will need extremely high laser wattages to be able to penetrate metallic materials. Therefore, most CO2 laser systems are not designed for cutting metals. They are best suited for cutting and engraving on non-metallic materials  such as wood, plastic, acrylic, glass, corian, leather, fabric, anodized aluminum, coated metals, stone and marble, mylar, ceramics, cork, pressboard, cloth, delrin, melamine, rubber, paper, and veneer.

Another way to describe how a laser machine works is to compare its working mechanism to that of your printer. The two systems use similar technological approaches, taking those images that you typically print to paper. However, the laser machine goes further to fire a CO2 laser beam that is used to engrave or cut your preferred design on a wide range of non-metallic materials.

What are the advantages of CO2 Laser Cutting?

1) Since the laser machine generates a laser beam that is utilized for laser cutting and to engrave designs on a material, no part of the laser system comes into contact with the material.

2) If you are cutting or engraving on a thinner material, most modern laser systems will come with a section for holding down such materials as fabrics, papers and thin plastics to ease the process of cutting through it.

3) A typical modern laser machine is extraordinarily precise; its laser cutting follows the design or pattern that you have drawn on your computer screen as you have exactly drawn it.

4) The laser machine can cut or engrave several different designs from the same piece of material, and from a range of software programs.