After last weeks intro to laser cutting, here are the next steps you should take in order to get the most out of your experience:

laser-856991_640Step 6: Setting Up the Frequency
Except the control on power and speed, you also get to set up the frequency of the laser, which means you can specify how many laser beams or pulses will be applied to the material while cutting.

Step 7: Choosing the right cutting technique
There are two different kinds of cutting technique for you to choose from depending on the type of work you want to do. You get,

  • Rasting- You can use this method if you want to engrave any diagram or design on any material and it requires less power
  • Vector- This method will be useful for you if you want to cut out things from the materials and it will require more power.

Step 8: Drawing the Required Designs in the Software
Here, you need to draw what you want to cut or crave out of the material. You’ll need to use CorelDraw X4 for this. In the drawing screen you should make sure that the lines you draw are thick enough.

Step 9: Set the Materials inside the Machine
You should then place the material on which you want to print in the machine properly in the right orientation below the laser terminals. Adjust the machine bed accordingly and you’re good to go.

Step 10: Focusing, Testing and Printing
After you are done with the set-ups inside the machine, focus the laser terminal on at the starting point. You should then do a test print to see whether it’s working the way you want, if not, make further adjustments to your drawing or set-up. After you are done with the testing, start printing whatever you need. This should get the job done for you.

Here’s what laser cutting looks like in action:

Lots of success on your projects – next week we’ll look into diamond wire saws!