The best acrylic laser cutter near you

Acrylic Laser Cutting

Laser cutting offers a lot of manufacturing possibilities. Thanks to technology, materials of all different varieties can be crafted to specific needs. Laser cut acrylic is one of them. This can produce results ranging from smooth and polished edges to bright and frosty engravings depending on the type of acrylic.

Cast Acrylic vs Extruded Acrylic

There are two types when it comes to laser cut acrylics: cast and extruded. Cast acrylics are made from liquid acrylics that are poured into moulds. Most awards you see are made from this type of acrylic. Cast acrylics work well for engraving since it gives off a frosty white look when engraved. 

The second type of acrylic is extruded acrylics. Unlike cast acrylics, these will cut smoothly and will give off a flame-polish edge under the laser. When engraved, it will have a clear engraving as opposed to a frosted look. 

The quality of a laser cut acrylic depends on a few things. For one, the wattage of the laser cutter determines the thickness of the plastic that can be cut. Laser cutting at slow speeds and high power usually results in higher quality laser cut plastic. This lets the laser beam melt the edges of the acrylic which causes a flame-polished edge.    

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Perspex Cut To Size – Understanding Perspex

Many customers come to us looking for Perspex cut to size in Dandenong or in the surrounding area. But what is Perspex exactly? Perspex is a commonly used word for strong, sturdy, transparent plastic that is frequently deployed in place of glass. Temporary structures often feature Perspex in their construction, while the material is also used in signage and safety applications.

The word is a brand name – but it is a brand name that has transcended its original context and found its way into our vocabulary. Only transparent plastic that carries the Perspex brand and trademark should really be called Perspex, but lots of people use this name to refer to all kinds of different clear plastic materials. 

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Advantages of laser cut acrylic

The biggest advantages of laser cut acrylic are flexibility, accuracy and convenience. Whether it’s plastic, plexiglass, or Perspex cut to size, laser cutting also offers a clean and smooth finish to plastic products and great freedom in deciding your design choices. Compared to conventional cutting methods, laser cut products don’t need any subsequent cleaning and polishing. 

The precision of a laser cut is also a major advantage, particularly for acrylics or perspex you need cut to size. Laser cutting can perform set design patterns continuously and accurately. As such, cutting curves and three-dimensional forms are precise. 

The intense heat of the lasers break down the polymer chains of plastic. This makes for a quicker method of cutting compared to other thermal cutting methods like plasma and flame cutting. 

Other advantages of laser cut acrylics include automation. Specialist machine operators are still key to a thorough laser cutting job. But due to the technology and how the machinery operates, there’s a lot of automation that goes into laser cutting. This results in lower labour costs as opposed to other methods.

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For a high quality laser cut acrylic

There’s more than one way to laser cut plastic. If you need acrylic sheet laser cutting,  you could opt for 2D laser cutting, which is also called flat sheet or profile cutting. In the case of a tube or other 3D object, 3D laser cutting is the way to go. In 2D laser cutting, a series of mirrors and lenses direct a high energy light beam into the cutting surface of the material. Any residue after the laser beam is struck, is blown away from the cut with a gas stream. This method works best for acrylic sheet laser cutting jobs. 3D laser cutting offers more options for the cutting material. The process uses a multi-axis cutting mechanism. This allows for the cutting of many different shapes of metal materials ranging from tubes, angles, and beams among others. Rotary laser cutting is another form of acrylic laser cutting available. It offers a variation from other forms of mechanical methods like drilling, sawing, and punching. This helps cut tubes and profiles into sections in one clamping operation, and produces more accurate recesses and contours.

Advanced Cutting Technology for a premium laser cut acrylic

Any one of Advanced Cutting Technology’s three 2D laser cutting machines can cut designs with ease. The company’s specialist 3D laser cutting technology also offers a superior service equipped with a six-axis system. Advanced Cutting Technology is also equipped with a dedicated rotary laser cutting machine. This is ideal for settings such as construction, housing and furniture applications. 

Our laser cutting technologies and services are perfect when you need acrylics or Perspex cut to size in the Dandenong area or beyond. Our laser cutting services also extend to other materials such as metal, wood, composites, and rubber, just to name a few.

We at Advanced Cutting Technology come with over 40 years of experience in laser cutting acrylic. Our skilled staff will ensure you get nothing less than a premium quality laser cutting service. So go ahead, get in touch with us today.

Using Our Acrylic Laser Cutter

Do you have a project or artwork that needs to be laser cut? Advanced Cutting Technology can bring your next project to life. At a maximum area of 3050 x 1500 mm, our precise acrylic cutting machines can produce a clean and polished result for your submitted design.

Before submitting your artwork to us, thoroughly review your designs to ensure precision, as they will be cut as is. You can specify quantities, material colour, thickness, and zip or email multiple files directly to us.

Material for Laser Cutting Acrylic

Understanding the distinctions between cast and extruded acrylic is crucial in laser cutting. 

Cast acrylic: Produced by pouring liquid acrylic into moulds, it is commonly used for awards due to its ideal engraving properties—yielding a frosty white colour. Although suitable for laser cutting, cast acrylic does not result in flame-polished edges, making it better suited for engraving purposes. 

Extruded acrylic: A cost-effective alternative manufactured through a high-volume process, is favoured for laser cutting. It yields clean cuts with flame-polished edges, but engraving produces a clear instead of a frosted appearance.

Some high-quality acrylic, such as Perspex, can also provide a cleaner and stronger finish than standard acrylic. Perspex laser cutting would require an experienced professional to make a more accurate cut.

File Specifications of Our Acrylic Laser Cutting Machine

File Requirements

  • Files should be in a vector outline format.
  • Acceptable file types include DXF, DWG, STP, IGS, EPS, PDF, Adobe Illustrator AI, or CorelDraw CDR.

Note: these formats may include raster graphics, making them unsuitable.

Laser Work Restrictions:

  • Raster formats like JPG, PNG, or BMP are unsuitable for laser work.

Line Specifications:

  • Lines should be of hairline width or the thinnest possible (0.25 pt. or less).
  • Cutting lines should be in red.
  • Engraved areas should be outlined in black.

Text Requirements:

  • Any text in the files must be converted to outlines.

Artwork Size and Dimensions:

  • Artwork must be submitted at the actual size (1:1 scale).

We cannot scale your artwork due to the risk of elements shifting; provide dimensions within the file for size verification.

Maximum Area:

  • The top allowable area is 3050 x 1500mm.

Laser Engraving Acrylic

Once everything has been prepared, our experts at Advanced Cutting Technology will handle the production. They create a sleek and polished design by laser engraving acrylic at high-speed and low-power settings to avoid distorting the acrylic material.

FAQs

Can You Laser Cut Acrylic?
Laser is the best way to cut acrylic as it creates a smooth, clean cut with no subsequent polishing required. Cutting acrylic with a laser is precise, allowing you to carve a range of complicated shapes and patterns.
How Much Does Acrylic Laser Cutting Cost?

The cost of acrylic sheet laser cutting can depend on a number of factors, including the type of acrylic, the size and the design. At Advanced Cutting Technology, we can work with you to bring your project to life. Get in touch with us today for a free quote.

How Thick Of Acrylic Can A Laser Cutter Cut?
At Advanced Cutting Technology, we use the latest machinery to be able to cut acrylic of various sizes and thickness. Our machines are capable of handling high wattage, which allows us to produce high quality cuts on thick material. If you have a specific product in mind, get in touch with us to find out more about our laser cut acrylic services.
Who are some of the leading acrylic suppliers?
Cast and extruded acrylic can be sourced from various materials suppliers, including Dotmar, Mulfords,Datco.
What factors need consideration when using sheet metal laser cutting?

You can create various acrylic projects depending on your interests, skills, and available materials. Here are some ideas:

  • Customised Signage
  • Jewellery/Accessories
  • Containers/boxes
  • Custom awards
  • And many more!

Can you laser cut acrylic?

Laser is the best way to cut acrylic as it creates a smooth, clean cut with no subsequent polishing required. Cutting acrylic with a laser is precise, allowing you to carve a range of complicated shapes and patterns.

How much does acrylic laser cutting cost?

The cost of acrylic sheet laser cutting can depend on a number of factors, including the type of acrylic, the size and the design. At Advanced Cutting Technology, we can work with you to bring your project to life. Get in touch with us today for a free quote.

How thick of acrylic can a laser cutter cut?

At Advanced Cutting Technology, we use the latest machinery to be able to cut acrylic of various sizes and thickness. Our machines are capable of handling high wattage, which allows us to produce high quality cuts on thick material. If you have a specific product in mind, get in touch with us to find out more about our laser cut acrylic services.