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    Laser cut paper colour samples

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    GF Smith Sample selector – see in our studio or order direct from GF Smith

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    GF Smith Sample selector

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Paper & Card

Your supply only. We recommend ordering straight from GF Smith or Fenner paper and having sheets delivered to our studio.

Thickness: Any GSM
Sheet sizes: Any sheet size up to 2400×1200mm

Download A series paper size drawing templates



Adobe illustrator: *.ai drawing templates
Coreldraw: *.cdr drawing templates
AutoCad: *.dxf drawing templates
Inkscape: *.svg drawing templates

See drawing guidelines for more on setting up a file using the drawing templates.»


Your supply only

We don’t hold stock or special order any paper material, you will need to supply this to us. We advise for you to purchase straight from GF Smith of Fenner paper two fantastic paper merchants for the creative industries. You can order the sample pack directly from them or if you are london based, you can browse through our samples pack in the studio.


Laser cutting

On most papers, protective backing can’t be used as it rips the surface. Backing can be applied to some paper if it sticks successfully and peels off without causing damage. Since there are so many different type of papers and cards all ranging in GSM they react slightly differently to the laser.

We have established standard settings for different paper gsm ranging from 90gsm to 700 gsm. We also run quick test or your supply to establish an optimum setting for your material. Usually cut at as fast a speed as possible with just the right power to cut through consistently.


Top surface

Certain chemicals and dyes in papers produce more fumes than others which can cause heat / scorch marks on the top surface. There is no exact science to it but as a benchmark the thinner the paper being cut the less marks will occur. Some papers can be cut with little or no markings at all. The darker the tone of your paper or card the less visible burn marks will be. Other papers release fumes which can mark the surface with a yellow tinge, particularly on lighter tones. From our experience recycled stocks tend to produce a higher level of marks.


Bottom surface

Where possible we try to float sheets of paper using aluminium lamella to keep reverse markings to a minimum. If your artwork is quite dense this will not be possible and will need to use honey comb.

Honeycomb

When using the honeycomb laser bed marks will be evident on the reverse side of the paper where the laser comes in contact with the honeycomb cells. Heat from the laser causes residues on the honeycomb to transfer back onto the material. We try to keep this to an absolute minimum using a low laser power but unfortunately sometimes it is unpreventable.


Cut widths & Kerfs

As a benchmark, we recommend that minimum cut widths be no smaller than the corresponding thickness of the material and no thinner than 1mm. Any smaller will make your cut outs very fragile. See more on cut widths and Kerf (how much the laser takes away.)


Laser engraving

Just when cutting paper engraving requires testing to establish how certain stocks react to the laser. In most case the laser will engrave and slightly discolour the paper surface producing a very subtle brown / orange marking. On some stocks, the engraving will not mark at all and just appear recessed. We always recommend having a sample made up prior to running a larger batch to determine the best engraved result.