[Lab] Laser Work Area

Ryan Stec ryanstec at artengine.ca
Mon May 28 16:09:39 EDT 2012

I would agree with Andrew although I have cut thing very close to the edge with much issue.

The main thing to consider is actually making your sheets maybe 2 or 3 mm less on the width. At 24in it can be a tight squeeze on the work area and  that can create tension in the sheet and that affects the way laser works on the material.

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On 2012-05-28, at 9:41 AM, "Andrew O'Malley" <aomalley at gmail.com> wrote:

> Paul,
> Hi, I'd say if you leave a 1/8" margin around the 12x24" cutting area
> of the laser, you should be safe.  Others may have experimented w/
> tighter tolerances?
> As for acrylic, Canus Plastics (http://www.canusplastics.com/) is a
> good source, as they have a good selection and will cut the pieces for
> you while only charging for the material itself.
> Cheers,
> ao.
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>> Hey, it's been a while since I've made it into modlab. I have a laser
>> project I'm designing. I'm just curious, what's the usable work size (max
>> actual cutting area) of the laser at the lab? I know it's a Zing 24 which
>> quotes 24x12, but is that actual usable space?
>> Also does anyone know a good (affordable) source for acrylic? (preferably
>> pre-cut to sizes usable by the laser) :)
>> - Paul
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