Does anyone have a laser cutter?

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Forum topic by Mark Edmondson posted 02-17-2010 07:12 PM 1057 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2010 07:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: laser cutter

I have some parts I’d like to cut out of 1/2” (15/32) plywood, and need a laser cutter to do it. Does anyone out there have one? I have everything prepared on CAD files with max dimensions of 20”x26”.


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#1 posted 02-17-2010 08:21 PM

I’ll post just to pop this to the top of the list. I’d be interested in anyone as well.

Maybe Luke or Obywan has a abre that will worm out there.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#2 posted 02-19-2010 09:59 PM

1/2” is too thick for most laser cutters – even if you found someone with a really powerful laser cutter, at that depth you would end up with a major kerfing issue.
I would suggest CNC router like a shopbot. You can check on or pm me if you are need someone.

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 08:01 AM

You might have better luck finding a machine shop with a water jet. I beleive that they will cut just about anything and very accurate.

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#4 posted 11-25-2011 07:59 PM

I have a laser cutter and can cut up to 1/4 inch.

I am happy to do some custom cuts!

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#5 posted 11-25-2011 09:13 PM

Wouldn’t a laser burn the wood at that thickness.

My company has a water jet cutter. It can cut anything up to 7” thick granite and maintain plus/minus .002” tolerance. Costs about $85/hr to run it though.

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#6 posted 11-26-2011 02:08 AM

The laser burns the wood when trying to cut with a few passes.
Also depends on type of wood.
I haven’t tried cutting low power with multiple passes… it would take a long time but may be worth it!

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