Top Ten Ways to Reduce Laser Cutting Costs ? Tip #9
How flexible are you on material choice for your design? To cut out a shape, the laser is burning through the material. Different materials burn at different rates, and also the thinner a material is, the faster it will cut. For example, 4mm cardboard cuts very quickly, and 9mm acrylic cuts very slowly.
Choosing the right material can reduce laser cutting costs considerably. If your design allows for it, create prototypes in paper (Tip #2) or cardboard (Tip #3) before moving on to thicker or harder materials. You can then have greater confidence in a successful outcome once you move up to the premium materials for your final design.
Have you had experience where changing the material thickness helped reduce laser cutting costs? Let us know in the comments below.
For more complex designs or projects that have a larger vision behind them, it’s time for†Tip #10: Ponoko Prime.