Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we hope this blog will come in handy for you to create a great laser cut paper card for your loved one.
Laser cut paper can be tricky sometimes because of the burnt edges caused by the laser beam. This may not be a consideration at times, but for some applications, it is preferable to make a clean cut. We want to share a few tips to keep the clean edges when laser cutting mat board or paper.
Preparing laser cut file:
- 1. Make sure the cutting lines are not too close together, keep at least 0.01″ between each laser cut lines. Even though the laser machine has a much higher resolution than 0.01″, it is still limited by the paper or the material being laser cut, including cardstock, mat board, paper, wood, and even acrylic.
- 2. Make sure the cut lines are not crossing each other
- 3. Check out our laser cut files templates, it might save you some time for your own projects!
Using the laser machine:
- 1. Make sure your air assist is on! Also check to make sure you have good air pressure. Our Epilog Laser uses this feature to great effect.
- 2. Make sure the paper is completely flat on the table.
- 3. Make sure the vector table or honeycomb table is clean. If there is debris left over or anything that blocks the holes in the cutting table, this can trap air and smoke against the surface of the paper, causing more burn marks.
- 4. The best frequency for cutting paper is 500Hz, however, we have noticed that by raising this frequency up to near 1000-1200Hz, burnt marks are minimized or even disappear. It is best to laser cut a few simple shapes to test out the laser cut setting before running the entire job.
- 5. This is common sense for any laser users out there, but make sure your laser lens is clean and the laser is focused.
Note: Our shop uses Epilog Laser and here is a video of this laser machine in action: cutting intricate lace pattern!
We hope this “How to laser cut paper” blog will help with your future laser cutting projects. If you like this post, we think you might also like How to laser cut acrylic
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