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Laser engraved and cut signs

As you can see from the images on the right (all are links to the full size thing) Exeter Laser also do laser engraved and laser cut signage

These are made from the Lamflex specialist laminates discussed briefly on the Prices and Materials page.

The demo jobs in these pictures are all approx 100 x 60 x 1.6 mm each.
The same job with the same settings in all three, first raster engraved then vector cut out.

Using specialist Lamflex laminates designed especially for laser engraving and cutting means you get a top quality product with maximum durability and quality control.

The three samples here are only a tiny fraction of the ranges available in Lamflex, from our supplier Engravamet, in addition to a huge range of colours, there are also choices of finish such as gloss and matt, textured finishes, and specialist finishes such as metallic effect (shown in one demo piece here) and wood grain effects, etc etc.

As you can see, the process works by taking the selected sheet of Lamflex, which consists of a thicker base layer laminate of the background colour, and a thinner foreground layer laminate of the surface colour, and using the laser in raster engrave mode to remove the foreground layer and expose the background layer.

Once the engraving part of the process is completed, the laser then switches to vector cutting mode and cuts the desired shape and size out of the work.

When they come out of the machine the engraved and cut signs are quite "messy" with the evaporate from the engraving process smeared all over them, but they are simplicity itself to clean, just spray with isopropyl alcohol and wipe down thoroughly with a soft cloth, taking care to get the cloth into the recessed engraved areas, and they come up looking like these photos, actually they should look much better, as these demo pieces were cut from old stock, not pristine quality, and the wipe down was done very quickly, maybe 30 seconds per sign.

If these were being done to commercial quality the cleaning process should be a bit more intensive, which doesn't just clean up the surface foreground area better, it also cleans the foreground residue from the background layer better, making the background layer colour more pronounced and even.

Also, if this were done to commercial quality it is unlikely the customer would want 90 degree sharp cornered rectangles, they would probably want radiused corners and so on.

The beauty of using Lamflex for this is that it is specifically designed for this purpose, and no other, which means that you can order one batch of 100 for your office / hotel doors, or order 10 a week to mark your product, and you can rest assured that colours and quality and so on is controlled and matched throughout.

Lamflex is also flexible, in your hands as you see it here, it has the mechanical feel of something similar to a credit card, so you can bend it to fit a curved surface such as a radiused panel or pipe, which you simply could not do with other signage materials.

Lamflex is very durable, again, in your hands you can tell from the feel of it, you are not dealing with paint or etchings or anything else that is subject to wear, only sufficient mechanical abrasion will damage these signs, and by sufficient mechanical abrasion we mean attacking it with a belt sander and literally sanding away the top millimeter or so, normal physical use is not going to degrade the legibility and clarity of a sign made with Lamflex.

Lamflex is also an almost perfect product when it comes to permanently affixing it to something, while some parts of the Lamflex range come ready adhesive backed, for the rest of the range it is an ideal material mechanically for contact adhesive mounting, and so the durability and permanence of the mounting is as simple as choosing the right adhesive to suit your application, and the substrate material onto which the signage is to be mounted.

Lamflex, depending on the type / colour / finish you select, will likely either be an acrylic or ABS substrate, so they don't absorb moisture or warp, will handle interior and exterior use, and also lend themselves to all sorts of industrial applications such as for example electrical or services labeling and identification, machine and equipment labeling, and so on and so forth.

Lamflex comes in sheets approx 1,200 x 600 mm, so that is the maximum size for any one piece, the price per sheet varies dependent upon type and thickness and so on (all of the above pieces were cut and engraved from 1.6 mm thick Lamflex) but if you call it a ballpark between £30 and £50 per sheet depending on grade etc, ex our supplier works, you won't go far wrong.

Near as dammit if we order 5 sheets of 1.6 mm Lamflex by the time cariage and VAT is added it comes in the door at £200 or £40 a sheet.

If we supply the Lamflex materials, then Exeter Laser will impose a minimum £10 materials charge, PER LAMFLEX GRADE, so you can have, for example, the three small 100 x 60 mm signs shown here, just one of each in each material shown, but as they are three different materials, there will be a 3 x £10 minimum material charge, if you had them all in one grade or type / colour, then only a 1 x £10 minimum materials charge. It is a *minimum* materials charge, not a surcharge, so if your design used £9 worth of Lamflex we will bill you £10, but if your design used £11 worth of Lamflex we will bill you £11.

Lists of Lamflex materials and grades are available from Lamflex, link takes you to a page, choose Engraving Laminates, you download a PDF, select the colour etc.
Please ensure you select a Lamflex material intended for laser cutting and engraving.

Then you can choose to go direct to Engravamet and place your order, and pay for it including carriage to Exeter Laser, or, if you prefer, come to us, place your order, and we will take care of the materials supply side of things.

Assuming we have the materials in stock, and assuming we have your design to hand, turnaround can be as little as 24 hours.

If we do not have the materials in stock, allow 24 to 72 hours (the longer period over weekends of course) or 1 or 2 working days for us to get the stock in and prepped to produce your order, and then a further 24/48 hours for production / turnaround.

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"Laser machine only" time / billing means by default we will ship it as it comes from the machine.
If we have time and production allows and it is a smaller order we will usually clean it up as a free courtesy service.

Yes we *may* charge for the clean up process at machine time rates, but it's a pretty quick process so not expensive.
To be fair this is most likely to apply if we have a lot to do, say 500 cinema seats, we are unlikley to charge for small orders as it's not so time consuming, but if we do charge the cost will be around 30% of the bill.

To clean up laser cut and engraved Lamflex is not difficult.

  1. Use isopropyl alcohol and a toothbrush - video here
  2. DO NOT EVER - use solvents like acetone, carb cleaner, strong electrical contact cleaner, etc on Lamflex. (or acrylic or other plastics come to that)

Yes, there are other alternatives to Lamflex, which is a brand name, some are cheaper, some are more expensive, in our experience Lamflex is the best, and as such it is the only product we will buy, but we are quite prepared to use any generic laser laminate if you wish to source and supply your own.