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B-made laser cutting

B-made laser cutters are self-run and are available to inducted B-made users. B-made hosts different models of laser cutters across both sites. Learn more about the machines here.

Laser Cutting

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B-made's laser cutters

The B-made workshops at 22 Gordon Street and Here East have different laser cutters. Please ensure you have the relevant training and know which machine you would like to use before planning your work and creating your files.

    Laser cutting at 22 Gordon Street

    22 Gordon Street Laser Cutter

    Equipment 

    Piranha Bodor laser cutter ( x 4 medium machines)

    Piranha Bodor laser cutter ( x 1 large machine)

    Trotec laser cutter ( x 1 machine)

    • cutting size on bed: 1000mm x 610mm
    • Job Control software
    • set up the cutting file on the designated computer beside the Trotec
    • you will be going directly from a Rhino file to Job Control

    CAD/CAM for laser cutting at 22 Gordon Street

    Remember when using the Piranha:

    • export all files in either .dxf file format into RD works
    • when exporting from Rhino, export as R12 Lines and Arcs
    • bring a prepared file in RD works to the laser cutters
    • the two computers in the laser cutting room are there for emergency edits only
    • look at the material charts on the laser cutters and do a test cut to ensure settings are calibrated for your work
       
      Laser cutting at here east

      Here East Laser Cutters

      Trotec laser cutter ( x 2 machines)

      • cutting size on bed: 1000mm x 610mm

       

      CAD/CAM advice for laser cutting

      Remember:

      • work in millimeters
      • account for an offset tolerance for your drawing; the drawing cannot go to the exact boundaries of the equipment or material dimensions
      • set up drawings to fit on the material size you will be using not just the equipment bed size
      • remove any double lines to prevent the laser cutter from going over twice
      • if you are unsure, ask a member of B-made staff for help

      Material advice

      Find out more about our laser cutting materials through the B-Made Hub page.

      Dangerous / Unsafe Materials 

      The following materials are not permitted on the laser cutters for the various reasons listed below.  Laser cutters burn through materials to make their cuts so some plastics, adhesives and resins are dangerous to use on laser cutters as they can emit toxic fumes or increase fire risks when they are burned:

      ABS plasticemits cyanide gas  / increased fire risk
      Carbon Fibreemits noxious fumes
      Fibreglassemits noxious fumes
      MDFclogs machine filters
      Polyethelenemelts / increased fire risk
      Polypropylenemelts / catches fire
      Polystyrene melts / catches fire
      Polyvinyl Butyralemits toxic fumes
      PTFE plasticemits hydrogen cyanide
      PVCemits chlorine gas and corrodes machine
      Resinsemit toxic fumes

      If you don't know, don't cut; 

      If you are unsure about whether the material you are planning to laser cut is safe to use do not proceed with cutting it until you have spoken to a member of the B-made team.  The B-made Hub sells acrylic, paper, card and plywood that are all ideal for laser cutting.