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"I just got my first round of pieces that you guys cut for me and I am so impressed. Not only are they exactly what I wanted and expected, but they arrived two days early! This is so important for my small business, so I will be using you guys for all my cuts from here on out."

Sami Dee

"We see this as the beginning of something huge"

Cardstock is a low cost versatile material for all stages of your project, whether you are creating mockups before starting to prototype, or you are ready for mass production. Card stock can be easily formed, glued, cut and colored using tools you most likely have at your desk. This can allow you to quickly iterate on an idea, with the laser cut cardstock being easily modified with just a pair of scissors or an x-acto knife and a glue stick. Use cardstock to prototype faceplates or other sheet metal, create stencils, or packaging. You can also use cardstock as a stencil for paints and inks to add the finishing touches to one off prototypes to give customers or trial users a volume production look without the need to make custom silk screens or other volume printing technologies. As an electrical insulator, you can use it as isolation between components - custom washers, gaskets or full covers for a circuit board, laser cut cardstock can offer high precision, low cost basic electrical isolation.
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What is cardstock?

Cardstock is a material that is similar to printing paper except that it is much thicker and denser. Cardstock is often characterized by its density to indicate its overall thickness (such as 100g per square meter), with higher densities referring to thicker card. Unlike paper, cardstock is rarely suitable for printing with home printers, and does not have hollow internal space or structure like corrugated cardboard.

Can laser cutters cut cardstock?

Cardstock is an ideal material for cutting with laser cutters for many reasons. The first is that cardstock is thin and highly absorbent of CO2 lasers meaning that it can be cut extremely fast. The increased thickness of cardstock (compared to paper) also allows for cardstock to be engraved with minimal problems, and often the high contrast of the final engraving makes engraved designs highly visible. However, it should be noted that as cardstock easily burns, laser-cut edges have a burned color. For some designs, this can be aesthetically pleasing, but other designs may require a clean edge so consider this before using laser-cut cardstock.

What can laser-cut cardstock be used for?

One of the major advantages of using a laser cutter with cardstock is that laser cutters are incredibly accurate and able to produce extremely fine details. Furthermore, laser cutters apply no force to the workpiece being cut, and this allows for delicate designs to be made with great precision. Intricate designs can greatly benefit from laser-cut cardstock. Patterns such as snowflakes and intertwining lines with fine holes between shapes can easily be done using Ponoko services. This ability extends very well to uniquely decorated labels for products such as wine bottles and beverages that require unusual shapes. Cardstock is also used with product inserts that may contain important user information such as instructions. While rectangular card can be used in such applications, laser-cut card inserts would allow for any shape with cut-outs as well as folds for creating 3D product packaging. Architectural models can also take advantage of cardstock thanks to the structural properties of cardstock. 3D shapes can easily be constructed using 2D cardstock cutouts with glue being used to secure different faces together.

What kinds of cardstock does Ponoko use?

Ponoko stocks a wide range of cardstock with various colors, textures, and patterns. All cardstock provided by Ponoko has a thickness of 0.1 inches and is one of the cheapest materials available from Ponoko. One major advantage to cardstock in the age of climate change and environmental awareness is its ease of recycling as well as biodegradability meaning that environmental waste is kept to a minimum.

What factors need to be considered when using cardstock?

The first factor to keep in mind when using cardstock is that it is extremely thin and very easy to cut. This means that cardstock is ideal for prototyping and mass production alike. However, the thinness of cardstock also means that engineers should be careful when creating small parts. Parts that are very small can get lost in the machine as the material being cut sits on a grid instead of a flat bed. Combined with the fact that air assistance is required during laser operation, cardstock parts that are very light can easily be blown away. Another factor to consider is that the thinness of cardstock also makes it easy to bend. As cardstock creases very quickly when bent, transportation and handling of cardstock may result in deformation in the cardstock.

Are there materials that should not be laser cut?

Not all materials are nice and easy to cut like cardstock, and some are in fact very dangerous to cut. Unlike mechanical cutting, laser cutting uses a high-powered laser beam to burn material to the point where it either melts or turns to gas. As such, cutting materials that contain harmful compounds can release the compounds into the environment. One example is PVC that contains chlorine, and the cutting of PVC with a laser cutter can release chlorine gas. Another material that should be avoided at all costs is ABS as cyanide gas can be produced under the intense heat.  

Our precision cardstock laser cutting & engraving capabilities.

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±0.13mm

Dimensional accuracy.

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0-0.2mm

Laser kerf.

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0.1-19.1mm

Material thickness.

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790x384mm

Large parts.

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6x6mm

Tiny parts.

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1x1mm

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How we deliver custom cut cardstock parts, same day from $50 for just 1.

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Upload your designs online.
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Select cardstock materials online.
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Get online quote in seconds.
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Robots produce cardstock parts.
Quality checked by software & people.
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Track your orders online.
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The speed which you were able to have my design cut and shipped was incredibly quick. Everything is dead on for what I had designed and fits flawlessly.
- David Gabel
The pieces are exactly as I wanted them, even the little details are sharp and well done. I ordered the same pieces from different vendors to compare the quality, and yours came out on top, at the best price too. I'm looking forward to ordering from you again.
- Louis Mazet
Just wanted to let you know the chipboards came in yesterday and looked great. Thanks again for your help on this! I'm sure we will be in touch for the next one.
- Monica Rivera
Wow you guys have great prices ... You know I've been getting quotes from shops at like 4-8 times more.
- Ryan LeMere
Our laser cut centerpieces arrived on time, in excellent condition, and were a huge hit at our conference. We were so impressed with the quality and service that, when designing awards for our next event, we immediately thought of Ponoko.
- Wren Dillingham
THANK YOU for the incredible service. I have never experienced customer service like this before!!!
- Taylor Norman
Wow thank you guys for the super LIGHT SPEED processing! :)))
- Astrid Mueller
The website is extremely user friendly with lots of help built right in. The prices are competitive and the test pieces came to my door in immaculate condition.
- Craig Dillon
Everything went simply perfect. From the site to the pricing, from the support to the shipping and the part’s quality. A1! Thanks again and see you soon for other orders!
- Louis Brillon
WOW! Just arrived! Looks GREAT! Thanks so much :) Looking forward to using your service again!
- Erin McLaughlin
Ponoko came to our aid when we were looking for something that people wouldn’t merely look at then throw out in a swag bag at a very large conference. We ended up making leather bookmarks to promote a new released product, and though the end result was beautiful, the service was the best part.
- Jenn Contois
Wow - serious customer service! Really appreciate it!!
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Order cardstock laser cut custom parts from your laptop, delivered same day.*

From $50 for just 1. 93% off for 10,000.

Custom cardstock parts delivered same day.
*Same day delivery (or money back) is available for orders using a limited selection of materials, placed by 11am PT Monday - Friday, for 1-100 parts to Bay Area USA locations. Same day shipping (or money back) available to USA & worldwide locations.