Vector Cutting is the most common application of laser machines and with 0.01mm accuracy it is easy to understand why. The laser’s computer will follow the vector line which you have drawn in the files to cut all the way through the material you have chosen: You prepare the file and we program the laser machine to the specific speeds and powers to accurately cut through the material with minimal charring and marking of the material.
Above there is an image of vector cutting from 6mm Laser Plywood and the corresponding file from which the laser machine cut it from. The amount of material which is lost from the use of cutting is minimal, but each material varies: the thicker the material, the higher the power of the laser and the slower it passes over the line, therefore more material is lost. If it is important that your parts fit together perfectly it is best to make some sample tests first.
A couple of pointers:
- Never use the edge of the material as a cut edge: always ensure that your designs fit within the sheet of material you are using, leaving at least 5mm on all sides to the edge, that way your designs will be as accurate as you need them to be.
- Don’t share lines between objects: make sure each shape has complete sides of its’ own: If you need four 10mm squares, leave a couple of mm gap between each of them, not connecting each of the four squares making one 40mm square with two lines splitting them into four, as diagram on right. This, again, ensures accuracy and also means that the design won’t fall through or move half way through.