This guide outlines the main requirements to ensure a seamless workflow from submission to print.
Each Laser Cutter usage setting (etching, vector cutting & combined) includes different preparation quirks. If your artwork contains any type/fonts/words, please see tips at the bottom of this article.
The laser cutter treats all raster and fill based imagery (other than those based with hex fill of #ffffff), as etching cuts.
The laser cutter relies on a specific stroke thickness to register this as a vector cut.
A stroke set at a greater thickness will neither vector cut nor etch.
Adobe Illustrator – 0.001pt, mm or inches
Affinity Designer – 0.001pt, mm or inches
Corel Draw – Hairline
To reduce chance of error, ensure all stroke types are set to Align Stroke To Center. In Illustrator, this can be found in the stroke settings.
All of the above tips apply to a combined usage of the Laser Cutter.
The only difference is to place any etching onto a separate layer to your cutting.
Tips for Text
Text is one of the most common error causing components of a file type. Custom downloaded fonts and licensing issues are the main reason for this.
To avoid issues and complications with your file, we recommend you outline all fonts regardless of if you’re etching or cutting. See below for examples of doing this in Adobe Illustrator: