LASER CUTTING AND ENGRAVING
We have 3 lasers, the largest of which can cut areas up 1200 x 700mm.
We use a Trotec Speedy 400 laser cutter machine which allows us to cut quickly and efficiently.
We can cut thicknesses from 0.1mm up to 10mm (depending on material) and engrave graphics up to 1000dpi.
- We have a shop on site that stocks a wide range of laserable materials.
- Most commonly materials cut by our laser cutter are acrylics, wood, card and fabric.
- We cannot cut metal, glass or stone (or anything that won't burn) although we may be able to etch the surface.
- If you require something cut from metal see our Photo Etching Service.
- We will not cut PVC, or anything containing vinyl (or anything that will create toxic fumes when burnt).
- If you have something unusual (types of fabric etc) that you are unsure of, we will try it as long as it looks benign.
We can provide a full artwork service if you prefer. If you are providing us with your own artwork, please follow these guidelines:
- Black = engraving (RGB valve 0/0/0)
- Red = scribing (RGB valve 255/0/0)
- Blue = inner cut (RGB value 0/0/255)
- Green = outline cut (RGB value 0/255/0)
- Scribe and cut line weights need to be hairline or 0.076mm.
- We accept artwork in DXF, DWG, CDR, AI, EPS, PDF formats.
- We also accept artwork in good old pen and paper, however, hand drawn artwork will be subject to a fee for conversion to vectors.
- Please include a 100mm reference line next to the artwork, a line in various formats can be downloaded here:
Our laser department specialises in custom engraving, we can cut to the depth you need in the material you want. Past projects have included rubber stamps, business cards, ouija board, clock faces, portraits, printing blocks and book covers.
We can engrave onto a wide range of materials. If you have something you’re interested in having engraved, contact us and we’ll see what we can do.
The laser can engrave onto the surfaces of cylindrical objects using our rotary attachment. We have used the rotary attachment to engraving many curved surfaces including drink glasses, cardboard tubes, snooker balls and wooden eggs.
Laser cutting your stencils means you can achieve complex shapes with relative ease. You also benefit of being able to repeat your artwork once the stencil becomes unuasble.
We can also cut in a number of materials that we can pull from our comprehensive stock, just give us a call to discuss your requirements.
We created a 3 colour stencil using oiled manila paper.
- Infilling is a service we offer in conjunction with our Photo Etching Service. We can laser infill any half etched areas with ink. This is often required with name plates. Traditionally infilling has been done has been by hand using pen and ink.
- We have developed a quicker, more cost effective way of in-filling. Using a special coating that is applied to the metal surface, our laser can selectively burn the coat into the half etched areas, leaving a matte black finish on the metallic base.
- As well infilling half etched areas, we can also accurately transfer artwork onto the surface of any metal surface. The process leaves the artwork “printed” onto the metal in high visibility matte black.
At 4D we appreciate that every laser cutting job is unique and we offer a custom service. Send us your artwork and we can provide you with a quote. Alternatively an estimate can be supplied once we have seen a portion of your artwork.
We charge £5.80 (+VAT) per sheet for the taping up of materials with a low tack tape. This protects the surfaces from scorch-marks (on card, wood) and from 'gloom' (on acrylics). The laser team will be happy to advise if taping is necessary with your material.
Should you require help with artwork preparation we can assist: charges start at £13.85 (+VAT).
STUDENTS RECEIVE A 10% STUDENT DISCOUNT ON OUR LASER CUTTING SERVICE
t: 020 7264 1295
Answered 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday (sorry, no voicemail – call 020 7264 1288 outside these hours)
Our guide to laser cutting (1.8Mb PDF)