Laser Cutting works by following vector paths in a file and cut directly through the material by burning it with the laser light. There are a wide variety of materials that can be laser cut listed in the materials section. Using this same process it is also possible to score material or engrave single lines that do not go all the way through the material.
Laser Engraving works by moving the beam back and forth over an area and pulsing in the areas that are engraved. Even some material that can't be laser cut can still be engraved and have an image, logo, or text show up permanently on the surface. In many materials the depth can be controlled by adjusting the power and speed of the machine.
One of our specialty services is creating custom stencils. We can edit files and add line breaks where necessary. Vector based files work best, but we can also usually convert images or text files.
Stencil Materials Offered
ABS plastic is very versatile and can be washed and reused many times. Paint thinner is also fine for cleaning. It also food safe after thorough washing with soap and water.
We stock black sheets cut to 32"x18" at0.04" (1mm) or 0.06" (1.5mm) thickness in both 32"x18" and 48"x96". The top is textured and the bottom is smooth. For larger stencils generally we tile the design together using sheets of that size which can be taped together. Single piece large stencils can also be cut on the large machine fitting up to 48"x96" size sheets.
Mylar is good when you need very small details or a more flexible stencil with a very thin material thickness.
We stock translucent sheets cut to 24"x18" at 0.005" (0.13mm) thickness.
Chipboard/Cardstock is good for one or a few uses only as the material gets saturated with paint.
We stock sheets in 32"x18" sizes. at 0.04" (1mm) thickness
Corrugated Cardboard is a basic super cheap material option. The standard thickness sheet can sometimes block spraying angles slightly and it will deteriorate after a few uses. Generally it is only good for spray painting simple designs.
We stock C flute sheets 32x18" size and 36"x36" size at 0.155" (4mm) thickness.
Plywood is also offer as another thicker option for stencils. It is harder to clean and can deteriorate over time if left in a wet environment.
We stock sheets in 32"x18"- 48x96" sizes at .150" (4mm) thickness