• Tuesday , 26 September 2017

Three Things To Remember When Operating a Laser Cutter

Technology has improved society in more ways than we can probably count.  As a matter of fact, there are things you probably use all the time that you don’t realize has been greatly improved through relatively recent technological developments.
Take, for example, Cancam laser cutters. You probably aren’t too familiar with laser cutters—because most of us do not use them on a day to day basis—but they are probably more involved in your life than you think.

Or, rather, they are involved in the making of many things you do probably use on a daily basis.  Indeed, laser cutters are used by businesses large and small to ensure consistent accuracy and efficient processing on wood, ceramics, rubber, and more.

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And you could also harness the benefits of a laser cutter if you use it at home.  So if you plan to do this, make sure you remember these things before diving in.

PREPARE THE CUT

As with anything—but particular when you are dealing with something as potentially dangerous as a laser—always be sure to prepare.  Be aware, for example, that this process is going to result in some heat and smoke. This is normal but it can stain the edges of whatever you are cutting or engraving.  In some cases, this could be quite attractive; in other cases you might not like it.  If you fear the latter, you can use masking tape to prevent this effect.

In addition, note whether or not your machine has presets; most of them do.  Either way, always cut a test piece first to make sure the setting is what you are looking for.

LAYER YOUR PROGRAMS

What may be the biggest benefit to using laser cutters is the fact that you can typically program the machine to make a series of cuts for you.  If you try to input the whole design at once, though, the machine will only make cuts as a single, whole unit.  Instead, you can layer your programs and this will allow you to facilitate multiple components in your design as the same file; and you will also have more control over the order of your cuts.

NOTE THE WOOD GRAINS

Finally, before you begin your cut/burn/engraving, note the grains of the wood.  Natural wood has irregular grains; they are not uniform.  Darker grains are stronger than lighter grains, too. If the material has even grains, it is synthetic or a composite and these burn differently; so just take note.

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