Model building, textile design, furniture construction, industrial design
Laser cutting for fablabs, universities and schools can result in a very beautiful combination. From the CAD package a prototype or new product can be realized within minutes, with a high degree of flexibility and also very direct learning because design choices are immediately reflected in the end result. In addition to laser cutting, laser can also be engraved with the same machine.
Acrylic plastic, foils and films, wood, cardboard, plastics, MDF, paper, PMMA, polystyrene, foam, synthetic materials, textiles, veneer, and more. Many different materials are used in digital processing, including cardboard, paper, MDF, wood and acrylic. But also textiles, plastics, polystyrene and films can be perfectly processed. Moreover, it is not necessary to take into account the diameter of the spot size. Depending on the lens used, the laser beam is approximately 0.1mm wide. Practically every shape can be cut with the laser.
Laser cutter FabLabs and schools
At fablabs, universities and schools, MetaQuip laser cutting machines are used for model building, textile design, furniture construction or, for example, industrial design. In addition, these machines can also be perfectly engraved. Laser technology offers a large degree of design freedom and delivers quick results. Also ideal for the realization of art projects.
Prototyping and industrial design
Due to the flexible nature of the laser, it is very suitable for experimental setups and the construction of prototypes. Designs are sent directly from the CAD program to the laser. This results in quick results and you can walk through the design process very quickly until the end result is perfect. The speed that can be achieved with such an iterative design process can actually be realized in no other way (with the exception of perhaps 3D printing).
Suitable laser machines - CO2 laser machines
For cutting wood, leather, and a large number of plastics, you need a CO2 laser machine. Important things to keep in mind are: what is the maximum size of the object that I want to cut out, that determines the size of your worktop and what is the maximum thickness that has to be cut that determines the laser power you need.