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7 2 L A S E R E N G R A V I N G R E P O R T 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M L A S E R E N G R A V I N G R E P O R T 2 0 2 0 W hen laser cutting acrylic, you most likely want a nice flame-polished edge and smooth results. If you follow the right processes, you will get the end result that you're looking for. In the following article, I have compiled some tips, tricks, and best practices for laser cutting acrylic. Here's a brief overview on laser cutting acrylic of what we'll examine: 1) Creating Your File 2) Choosing Your Acrylic 3) Processing CREATING YOUR FILE To start, you will need to pick a design and clean up your graphic files. Consider how the printer driver sends a curve to the laser. If the design is sent with curves as a grouping of nodes, this will translate onto the physical application. It is vital to reduce the nodes in the original graphic file beforehand to remove any pos- sible irregularities or notches in the cut path. CHOOSING YOUR ACRYLIC In this section, I examine the various types of acrylic available as well as how to determine which is best for your application. The class of acrylic can affect the edge quality, so it is important to note the differences of each. Laser Cutting Tips, tricks, and best practices for top-notch results B Y D A V I D S T E V E N S Acrylic When it comes to processing, there are a couple things to focus on: preventing burn and achieving a flame-polished edge. (All images courtesy David Stevens)

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