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Laser cutters use a high power laser to very quickly make precision cuts in a wide variety of materials. They can also etch (or engrave). Laser cutters are commonly used in manufacturing, but they are also starting to be more available to schools, small businesses, and hobbyists.
To give you an idea of what’s involved, check out our laser cutting process:
Start with a 2D EPS or SVG file – you created using the free Autodesk 123D Make application. It’s available online and for desktop Win and Mac.
Select from acrylic, wood, cardboard, and several other material options upon checkout.
Review your order, choose your shipping location, and enjoy your new creation
Laser cutting has countless uses and below are just a few of them – these should give you some ideas and inspiration to get started on your own laser cutting project.
Model-making firms work with architects to create scale models – such as this YYC Airport model by Ellis Associates – for planning and promotional use.
With the help of laser cutting, designers over at graypants have been producing beautiful things – like these lights made out of scrap cardboard.
VictorianDollhouse is a user who with the help of a laser cutter has been successfully selling dollhouse kits on Etsy – perfect weekend projects!
Some of our favorite projects from the gallery are listed to the right. Use these as a starting point and modify them as you go. View more projects.
Things to know before you order:
Cardboard is currently the only available material option when laser cutting. This material is made of recycled paper and has a natural matte finish. It may contain flecks of color imperfections.
It engraves well, but dense raster engraving will leave a brown residue around the engraved area. It holds a fold well, use medium vector engraving lines to score the surface and control the fold.
Small light pieces can shift or get sucked into extraction during cutting, so provisions need to be made for this at the design stage. Learn more.
Check that the scale of your parts laid out on your laser sheet in 123D are set to 1:1 – otherwise they will not match the dimensions you originally specified.
You can look over all the most important things to consider for laser cut designs, as well as tips on how to optimize your laser cutting file on our Knowledge Base.
Make sure you have selected the correct laser sheet size in Autodesk 123D for your laser cutting project.
To make your design through the ‘Make It’ service, you must use one of the 7.12″ x 7.12″ (P1), 15.11″ x 15.11″ (P2), or 31.10″ x 15.11″ (P3), size laser sheets. You can read more about these on our Knowledge Base.