TSAS has a 100w Boss LS-1630 laser with a cutting capacity of 400 x 750mm or 15.75" x 29.50", with pass-through windows. This means that if your project is larger in one dimension (like a 25" wide surfboard), it will fit inside the machine—we'll just need to cut/engrave in multiple sections.
In general, if your material is 1/4" (6.35mm) or thinner, the information below applies. The machine is capable of cutting up to 3/5", but see Stallings before planning a project with very thick material.
Things it can cut
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- Wood: plywood, hardwood, MDF, cardboard, paper, cork
- (Some) plastics: acrylic, delrin, mylar
- Metal (engrave only)
- Leather, cloth
- Magnet sheet
Things it can engrave
- All from the cut list—if it can be cut, it can be engraved.
- Anodized aluminum
Things it can NOT cut or engrave
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- Lexan (fire)
- PVC (puts off chlorine gas)
- Epoxy (fire)
- Polystyrene or polypropylene foam (fire)
- ABS (melts)
- Tulsa Plastics (local)
- Regal Plastic (local)
- Johnson Plastics Plus (online)
- Ocooch Hardwoods (online)
- Trotec Engraving Supplies (online)
Creating a Project
If you are on a desktop computer, your best choices for creating a vector design are Inkscape (free, open source) or Fusion 360 (free for our use). Stallings would love to walk you through either one.
Once you have your image, see Stallings to begin the cutting/engraving process.