For years, laser cutters have served as luxurious amenities available only to large, wealthy companies that could afford their high prices. Nowadays, laser cutters are more accessible than ever, and more and more small businesses are enjoying the benefits of laser engraving and cutting.
Laser Cutters Enhance Your Operations by Improving Speed, Accuracy and Design
Laser cutters can elevate any business by increasing your productivity and elevating the quality of your items. Unsure how they accomplish this? Here’s how laser cutters work.
A standard laser cutter is a computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine with an autofocus lens. Controlled by software, the lens moves over your laser cutting materials and centers on the exact spot you want to cut. Most laser cutters use a CO2 laser, which can cut the following materials:
For cutting metals or stainless steel, you’ll need a special laser cutter that employs a fiber laser.
Laser Cutters Can Be Used to Engrave Materials
In addition to cutting, CO2 lasers can be used for engraving purposes. Laser engraving materials can include anything from paper and plastic to leather and glass. During the engraving process, the laser beam is set on high to vaporize part of the material, creating an impression of at least 0.005 inches. Through laser engraving, you can add the following to your material:
- Serial numbers
- Custom designs
Through the magic of laser cutting, you can create unique graphics, designs and labels that differentiate your business from others and help you cement your brand. Here’s a quick tip — protect your original designs by getting an “all rights reserved” copyright label! And of course, if you want the best results, you’ll need to use a laser cutter from a quality company.
Thunder Laser USA Engraving Machines Cut, Engrave and Shape Designs from a Variety of Materials
Improve productivity, streamline operations and bring your designs to life with the NOVA laser system, provided by Thunder Laser USA. Accuracy and user-friendliness are hallmarks of this cutting, engraving and marking machine — it works with numerous materials, including wood, acrylic, rubber, fabric and leather.
The NOVA laser system is also highly personalized as it lets you calibrate the intensity of your laser and adjust the depth and range so you can implement even the smallest of details. Amenities that come with our laser cutters include:
- Autofocus/red dot pointer
- Chiller water pump
- Honeycomb/knife beds
- Cleaning kits
- Pass-through doors (optional)
Each machine is also equipped with an alarm and HVAC system for safety purposes.
Let Your Imagination Run Wild with the NOVA System
We have yet to account for the creativity offered by the NOVA laser system. With its ability to laser cut and engrave a wide range of materials, the possibilities are quite literally endless. When you use the NOVA laser system’s superior technology in your creative process, you’ll find the only limit is your imagination!
Discover What’s Possible with the Following Laser Engraving Materials
One of the best parts about owning a laser cutter is its versatility. Here are a few of the different materials you can use with our laser cutters.
Transform a simple, blank piece of wood into an incredibly detailed book cover, toy, wall panel or whatever else your imagination desires! As a durable, customizable substance, wood is one of the best laser cutting materials out there. Using the NOVA laser system, you can create high-precision, detailed cuts without worrying about burning or scorching the material.
Who Should Laser Cut and Engrave Wood?
Laser cutting wood is useful for anybody who wants to add value to their products, whether it be a casual hobbyist with their own Etsy store or a professional furniture company. Not only do laser cutters let you add a heightened level of customization to your items, but they also increase your speed and efficiency.
What Wood Products Can I Make?
There’s no shortage of products you can make with a laser cutter. Create wooden products such as:
- Photo frames
- Gift boxes
- Knife handles
- Clock faces
- Wooden doors
And much more!
The NOVA laser system can easily and accurately cut, mark and engrave acrylic with its clean and fast no-contact technology. It can be used on a wide variety of acrylic brands, including Plaskolite, Plexiglas and Acrylite, to transform anything from windshields and food containers to trophies and plaques.
Who Should Laser Cut and Engrave Acrylic Materials?
Believe it or not, you don’t have to be an expert at cutting and engraving in order to work with acrylic materials. You don’t even need artistic skill — all you need is a steady hand and a little practice and you’ll be ready to start your own business! Not only will a laser improve the accuracy of your cuts, but it will also reduce the amount of material you waste.
What Acrylic Products Can I Make?
Looking for inspiration on what to make using acrylic materials? Here are a few ideas you can try out:
And much more!
Create intricate designs and patterns for costumes, banners, toys and more with the NOVA laser system’s fabric cutting abilities. Laser cutting is used at every step of the fabric cutting process, from material processing to design creation. Through the power of laser technology, both companies and hobbyists achieve cleaner cuts, quicker production rates and higher-quality products.
Who Should Laser Cut And Engrave Fabrics?
Laser cutting and engraving fabrics is an ideal practice for anyone looking to reduce their costs and improve their quality. This technology reduces the amount of material you waste while increasing your output, allowing for a larger amount of more cost-efficient stock! Lasers are also perfect for anyone interested in adding original designs to clothing, from custom hats and scarves to unique T-shirts and jackets.
What Fabrics Can I Cut?
Lasers are capable of cutting a wide range of fabrics and textiles, such as:
- Polyester silk
And much more!
Create leather products like belts, holsters, wallets, purses and more with NOVA laser system’s fast and accurate marking and engraving technology. Laser technology can make the already widely coveted leather even more desirable by adding creative engravings and designs to the surface. With just a bit of laser technology, you can enhance the appearance of your old wallets, belts or whatever other tired leather materials you’ve got gathering dust in your closet!
Who Should Laser Cut and Engrave Leather?
Laser-cutting leather is a practice that can be enjoyed by anyone, from amateur artists who want to spruce up their old leather clothing to expert designers who want to sell custom products. Not only is laser technology relatively easy to use, but it also increases your productivity and originality. Lasers are also compatible with a wide variety of leather materials, including top grain, full grain and corrected grain leather.
What Leather Products Can I Make?
Leather is a versatile material that can be cut and manipulated into several different products, including:
- Book covers
- Horse saddles
And much more!
Craft fantastic shapes and delicate designs with paper. The NOVA laser system brings your artistic skills to the next level by letting you make accurate cuts and intricate designs! Not only can the laser cut straight through your paper, but you can also calibrate the intensity to create an etched effect that can’t be achieved through hand marking. You won’t realize just how imaginative paper products can be until you try creating them with a laser cutter.
Who Should Laser Cut and Engrave Paper?
You should laser cut paper if you want to achieve higher-quality cuts, create consistent etchings and designs or meet bulk production demands. What’s unique about paper is that it’s used by every business, regardless of the industry. In other words, you don’t need to sell paper items in order to benefit from paper laser cutting — you can use the technology to enhance your business cards, packaging, giveaways and more!
What Paper Products Can I Make?
Paper is used for several applications, which means you have tons of options when it comes to paper laser cutting projects. These include:
- Greeting cards
- Cup sleeves
And much more!
Bring your unique logo or other designs to life with the NOVA laser system’s wood cutting abilities and share your identity and creativity with stamps! Seals and stamps are a great way to add credibility to your business and prove you’ve authenticated any official documents or paperwork. You can also give your business a boost by adding custom stamps and making your very own corporate stationery.
Who Should Engrave Stamps/Seals?
Engraving stamps and seals is perfect for anyone who wants to increase their brand’s reliability — having official stationery or paperwork with your logo or brand name shows your credibility as a business. It’s also a great way to boost your efficiency. Instead of writing out your address or signing every paper, you can just create your own custom stamp!
What Stamps and Seals Can I Make?
With a laser engraver, the possibilities are literally endless when it comes to unique stamp designs. Some ideas you might want to try out include:
- Custom logos
- Your address (for envelopes)
- Your business name
- Your clients’ names
- Unique graphics
And much more!
Choose From a Wide Variety of High-Quality Laser Cutting Machines
At Thunder Laser USA, we offer a vast expanse of laser cutting machines you can use to complete your project. Of course, with so many options, you might be wondering: Is one machine better than the other? All our laser cutting machines use CO2 lasers, which can cut everything from wood to acrylics. However, based on your individual needs, some machines may be better suited for you than others. Here’s a quick overview of our machines:
- Nova 24 : This machine features a 60-watt tube and is best suited for beginners looking to get started with laser cutting.
- Nova 35: This laser engraving machine is ideal for imprinting unique logos, phrases and graphics onto products.
- Nova 51: This machine is designed for people interested in making larger projects. It has a work area of 51.2 x 35.4 inches and can fit a sheet of 4′ x 8′ material (with a pass-through).
- Mini 60: This small machine is able to cut, engrave and mark several different materials without consuming too much space.
- Nova 63: This standard laser cutter machine is available in both 100- and 130-watt configurations.
- Odin 22: This machine is known for its speed — it boasts an engraving speed of 2000 millimeters per second.
Find the Best Laser Cutting System at Thunder Laser USA
Whether you need a laser cutter for cutting and engraving wood or you’re looking for a machine to elevate your textile business, our professionals at Thunder Laser USA are prepared to help you find the CNC machine that meets your needs.
We’ll help you with every small detail, from picking the size of the machine to the strength of the laser. Once we’re done, you can rest assured you’ll have a laser that meets all your desires! And if any issues do arise, you can trust our hands-on support team to be there for you. Contact us today to get starting on your laser engraving and cutting journey!