Wavemaker has a 60 watt CO2 laser cutter and engraver. It has a 600mm x 400mm working area and can cut or engrave a wide variety of materials. The adjustable bed can be lowered to support materials up to 200 mm thick. We’ve found it is capable of cutting through softer materials up to 10mm thick and harder materials up to 6mm thick, although results will vary depending on material. Also note that the laser kerf (slit made by cutting) is 0.2mm. This will need to be factored into your work if it is to have interlocking pieces.
It is dangerous and bad for the machine to cut or engrave anything with chlorine in it. Therefore PVC or unidentified (random) plastics are not to be used in the machine.
Makers can use this machine at a cost of 50p per minute (5 minute minimum) once they have taken our Laser Cutting and Engraving Induction class.
What it can do
Our cutter can do three things; Cut, Engrave and Kiss Cut.
This is when the laser cuts completely through the material, creating separate pieces.
This is when the laser removes a layer of the material over an area, leaving your design visible.
This is when the laser does not cut all of the way through the material. Also known as marking or outline engrave, this is another way to create a design on a piece of material.
Materials you can use
Acrylic (up to 6mm)
|Wood (up to 6mm)||y||y|
|Ceramics (not glazed)||NO||y|
|MDF (laser safe)||y||y|
|Plastic – Acrylic and polypropylene||y||y|
|Rubber (Laser safe only)||y||y|