Metal Laser Cutting

The Bodor i5 Fibre Laser utilises a powerful laser source and high – pressure gas to pierce and cut through sheet and plate metal. Laser power, motion speed and gas pressure are tuned for specific metal thickness and properties to achieve high quality, accurate cutting.

Metal Laser Cutter

Collection Location
Caulfield
Building G 1.17 - 1.18

Operation
DFab Operated

Turnaround
4-5 Days

Job Submission
Please ensure you have met the file preparation guidelines before submitting

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Cost
See 'Materials + Pricing' tab for full breakdown

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Closed paths

Where possible ensure that objects are formed by closed paths. This can be tested by clicking on the path with the direct selection tool (Illustrator). If the entire path does not show you will have to use the join command to make it a continuous path. This is important as it will assist in the preparation of the file for cutting and allow the paths to be cut in the correct order (for example interior cut- outs will be prioritised).

Space between objects

As a general rule allow at least twice the material thickness between cut lines. For long parallel cuts in thin material this distance may need to be greater to prevent excess heat warpage.

Avoid multiples

If a shape needs to be cut multiple times, draw one and indicate how many you require in total

Be aware of and plan for piercing holes.

All cut lines are initiated by a pierce hole which has a greater width than the line that is cut. Therefore, it is important that you consider where a line starts to avoid pierce holes appearing within cut objects.

Micro-joints

When cutting small parts from light-weight, thin sheets it may be necessary to create tabs (micro-joints made in the laser cutting control software) to prevent the parts being dislodged by the gas stream. This means that your parts may be returned to you still attached to the sheet and you will be required to twist them off.

Scoring/engraving is not possible when laser cutting metal.


Cost Break-down

When Metal Laser Cutting, you will be charged both the Metal Sheet Price (see tables below) & a gas usage fee ($1.50/minute for mild steel and $0.75/minute for all other metals.) If you are supplying your own material, you will only be charges the gas usage fee.

Cut time can be reduced by following the file preparation guidelines

Galvanised Steel Sheets

Thickness $ / m2A4 600 x 400 mm 800 x 600 mm 1200 x 800 mm
0.55 mm 10.00 1.00 2.40 4.80 9.60
0.75 mm 14.50 1.50 3.50 7.00 14.00
0.95 mm 17.00 2.00 4.10 8.20 16.80
1.15 mm 20.00 2.50 5.00 10.00 20.00

Stainless Steel Sheets

Thickness $ / m2A4 600 x 400 mm 800 x 600 mmm 1200 x 800 mm
0.55 mm 23.00 1.50 5.50 11.00 22.00
0.70 mm 30.00 1.90 7.20 14.40 28.80
0.90 mm 37.50 2.40 9.00 18.00 36.00
1.20 mm 50.40 3.15 12.00 24.00 48.00
1.50 mm 90.65 5.70 22.00 43.50 87.00

Mild Steel Sheets

Thickness $ / m2A4 600 x 400 mm 800 x 600 mm 1200 x 800 mm
0.60 mm 9.00 0.55 2.20 4.40 8.80
0.75 mm 13.00 0.80 3.20 6.40 12.80
0.95 mm 17.70 1.10 4.30 8.60 17.00
1.20 mm 24.00 1.50 5.80 11.60 23.00
1.60 mm 36.50 2.30 8.80 17.60 35.00
2.00 mm 42.00 2.70 10.00 20.00 40.00
3.00 mm 62.50 4.00 15.00 30.00 60.00
5.00 mm 88.60 5.60 21.30 42.60 85.00

Aluminium Sheets

Thickness $ / m2A4 600 x 400 mm 800 x 600 mm 1200 x 800 mm
0.60 mm 14.00 1.00 4.45 6.75 13.45
0.80 mm 19.00 1.50 4.60 9.15 18.25
1.00 mm 23.00 2.00 5.55 11.10 22.10
1.20 mm 28.00 2.50 6.75 13.45 26.90

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