Laser Cutting

Grainge and Hodder provide laser cutting services to the modeller and the model trade.
We are always happy to help with design ideas, and are able to assist beginners with artwork production.

With our laser cutting facilities we are able to cut through, or engrave into, sheets of material normally Plywood, Card, Perspex or MDF. with an accuracy of .1mm with parts up to 1200mm x 900mm.

Laser Time
The length of time it takes for the laser cutter to run your artwork determines it's cost. Using simple or small artworks reduces this cost, while using complex or very large artworks increases this time. Therefore it is advisable to make your artworks with time-to-cut in mind.

It is usual to build up models of several layers. As shown in the illustration above, the bottom layer is plywood, with added card layers to model the panels.

We keep in stock a variety of sizes up to 9mm in Plywood and MDF, but we can cut many different materials, which can either be ordered in for you, or we can use your own material if suitable.

Producing Laser Cutting artwork is similar to Photo-Etching artwork but with some important differences, outlined in our guide.
Usually a CAD produced dxf file is submitted to us. We then convert this to the Laser software and set cutting depths as required for the material.