Bespoke laser cutting and engraving service based in Bristol


Artwork Guide


Follow our simple artwork guide and send us your laser ready files.
For laser cutting we require vector file(s) compiled in an artwork editing software, or a *jpeg image for engraving.
Alternatively use our drawing service and we can create your digital, for this all we need are your ideas.

 


Software

 
Software that you can use to produce vector artwork include: 

Adobe Illustrator CS®

AutoCad®

CorelDRAW®

Inkscape® (free software)


Colour Coding


We ask that you distinguish different laser techniques with colour coded layers and lines.

Laser Cut Paths: Red Lines

RGB: 255,0,0 - Stroke Weight: 0.01mm/0.25 pt

Score Paths / Vector Engrave: Blue Lines

RGB: 0,0,255 - Stroke Weight: 0.01mm/0.25 pt

Raster Engrave: Black Fill

RGB: 0,0,0 - Minimum Stroke Weight: 0.4mm/1 pt



File Format


Please save your file in one of the following formats

Vector file formats:

 *pdf *ai *dxf

Image file formats: (engraving only):

Grey scale image files at least 300dpi sent as a *jpeg, *tiff or *png


Maximum Dimensions


Our laser bed sizes are 2990mm x 1490mm and 720mm x 520mm

We have the largest laser cutter in the South West that is available to use for your project.


Allowing for the Kerf

As with any laser cutter the material is removed by the laser beam and the line width is 0.2-0.4mm. The variation depends on the thickness of the material and a number of other factors. For the majority of designs this tolerance is acceptable and aids with assembly. If you wish to improve the precision of the parts you may need to account for the line cut width but please be aware that we cut the parts along the lines provided. To account for the cut width we suggest increasing the part outline by 0.2mm on each edge and reducing holes/cut outs by 0.2mm, although this will reduce any assembly tolerance for you.


If you are using Adobe Illustrator follow our more detailed guide to creating laser ready artwork using this software.