Laser cutting made easy

So now there’s no excuse, if you have a great idea, or are inspired by some of the fantastic laser cut design items out there, now you design your own and have them made for a fraction of the cost of what it once was:

Fred Aldous Offers Laser Cutting Facilities

Fred Aldous, the design, craft and art supplies store in Manchester, are now offering a laser cutting service to local designers.

Assuming designers already have the appropriate Illustrator files the set up cost is £5.00 and the cutting service is charged at £1.00 per minute (the laser cuts very fast – for example a plain circle cut from 3mm Perspex takes about 15secs so that would cost 15p). A higher charge would be incured if the staff at Fred Aldous needed to work on Illustrater files with those wishing to use the service.

Materials the laser can cut
-ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
-Acrylic (also known as Plexiglas, Lucite, PMMA)
-Deralin (POM, acetal)
-Kapton tape (Polyimide)
-Mylar (polyester)
-Nylon (melts badly)
-PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol)
-Polyethylene (PE) (melts badly)
-Polypropylene (PP) (melts somewhat)
-two tone acrylic (top colour different than core material, usually for custom instrumentation panels, signs, and plaques.)

-Depron foam < often used for RC planes.
-Gator foam (foam core gets burned and eaten away compared to the top and bottom hard shell)

-Cloths (leather, suede, felt, hemp, cotton)
-Magnetic sheets
-Rubbers (neoprene)
-Teflon (PTFE, Polytetrafluoroethylene)
-Woods (MDF, balsa, birch, poplar, red oak, cherry, holly, etc.)

Materials the laser can not cut
-Metals (Can not cut through any metals. It can mark metal and it engraves black)
-Polycarbonate (PC, Lexan)

Any material containing chlorine
-PVC (Cintra) < contains chlorine
-Vinyl < contains chlorine

-Glass (it can engrave glass, but it can not cut it)
-Printed circuit board (FR4 and other material types)
-Carbon fiber

The laser cutter is ideal for local designers working on small scale objects or prototypes. To discuss your requirements please contact:

Paul Walker, Fred Aldous Ltd, 37 Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1LW
Open 8.15am to 5.15pm (closed Sunday); Tel: 0161 236 4224

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