As you move forward in your project, there are several parts to consider as you finalize your design. We have organized these ideas into the following four sections:
Design Tips...what to think about laser cutting
Art Preparation...digital or traditional medium
Stenciling Art...keeping it together
Line Thickness...how small you can get & why
Laser cut paper can be a dramatic addition to your design palette, but it has some unique characteristics that need to be considered early in the design process. Familiarity with the following items will help you achieve the full potential of this new medium.
Before proceeding into final art, it is important that Laser Cut Paper has an opportunity to review your design for suitability. Laser cutting has some unique characteristics that may not be obvious to the first time user and we may be able to prevent some costly and time consuming problems.
Surprisingly often, designers don’t consider the connections that are needed to keep the pieces of their laser cut art together. For discussion purposes, consider paper elements of a design as positive and holes as negative. All positive elements must connect to each other in some way or they’ll fall out. The larger the positive piece, the more connections it will need.
Paper thickness is the major factor determining line weight for laser cut art. As a general rule, lines must be at least as wide as the paper is thick.