Design guidelines

LaserBoost is designed to be easy and fast. Understanding some basic rules about our services is key to streamlining the processing of your order and our cutting process.

 

Get inspired. Create and upload your document to the configurator. We will take care of the rest.

Your files.

Supported documents and examples

We’re not going to change the way you work. That’s why we accept all types of vector files. Sending your files in the following formats will speed up production and delivery.

If you have any questions about the files, here are some examples.

 

Supported compressed files:

Documents.rar

Documents.zip

Getting your documents ready

We are prepared for everything. Even so, you must check that your files meet the following three requirements to place your order successfully

1 - Closed contours and without intersections

​Check that your part is composed only of closed contours (paths) and without intersections between them. Open points can cause delays in the processing of your file.

2 - Right scale

One of the parameters required during the creation of your part is the total size (height and width). The measurements written in the configurator will determine the scale of your creation. Remember that the unit of measurement is millimeters (mm).

3 - One file, one part

We treat the pieces one by one. We don’t accept documents with multiple parts. If you have multiple parts to make, you must upload them one by one to the configurator as separate files. You can use the “Add to cart and create a new piece” button to speed up the process.

 

Files for laser engraving

For laser engraving, you must create two vector documents and upload them to the platform compressed in .zip or .rar format. The first file must only show the part to be cut. The second file should contain all the strokes, cutting and engraving.

Example

File 1 (cut contour)

File 2 (cut contour + engraving) 

Final part

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the extra laser engraving is chosen together with the extra sand blasting, the engraving may be less visible because the sand blasting is done after the engraving.

Our magical process.

Laser cutting, like all industrial processes, has limitations. Below, we briefly describe the three basic limitations so that you will be able to design safely.

Maximum cutting measurements

Our online laser-cutting service is available for parts up to 1000mm x 1000mm.

Do you need a larger size or a part that goes beyond laser cutting? We have a wide selection of services—check our special works section..

Minimum measurements of holes and bridges

The laser technology makes a perforation shot for each hole your design contains. In the small holes and bridges, there is a minimum diameter (ø) and distance (s) related to the thickness to ensure that the finish is correct and free of burns, imperfections, and carbonized zones. We will produce your part according to your design, the finish of all parts containing values lower than the shown will be responsibility of the customer.

 

Setting Kerf

Kerf is defined as the width of material that is removed by a cutting process. It was originally used to describe how much metal was removed by the laser beam.

 

Some vector editors and online templates have this value as a modifiable user input. In LaserBoost you have to set this parameter as 0.00mm, so you have to send us / upload the exactly part you want. Once in our workshop, our machines automatically define Kerf value depending of the material and cut technology.

Kerf = 0.00mm

 

LaserBoost Configurator

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. We ask you for the minimal details of your creation to instantly generate a competitive and real price. Upload your file, fill in the information and your creation will come true. Below are the four parameters of our configurator:

1 - Material

​Select the material you want for your creation as well as its available finishes (galvanized, satin, mirror, etc.). More information about the materials.

2 - Thickness

The thickness will determine the depth of the piece. It is a key factor that will affect the rigidity, cut, and weight of your creation.

3 - Measurements

The total measurements along the length and width of the piece are key values in the configurator. The total measurements can be up to 1000mm x 1000mm. A quick way to find this parameter is to draw a rectangle around your design with your favorite software.

4 - Path Length

Path length refers to the total sum of the length of all the strokes (or lines) that make up your creation—in other words, the total distance of the shapes needed to draw your piece.

 

How to find the total stroke length of your piece:

       AutoCad

There is no specific tool in AutoCad to find this parameter, but you can easily find it with the TLEN.lsp routine (↓download TLEN.lsp). If you are not familiar with the use of lisp routines, simply open the document TLEN.lsp with your text editor (Notepad, TextEdit...), copy (win: ctrl + c | mac: cmd + c) and paste (win: ctrl + v | mac: cmd + v) ALL the text and characters in your command line and press Enter. Then type "TLEN" in the command line and follow the system instructions (select the objects), select all your piece and press Enter. A message will appear with the value of the total stroke length

When using this method, the lisp is only loaded for the current session. If you want the TLEN function as a permanent feature, you just have to add it in the Startup Suite or the acaddoc.lsp file.

iLlustrator

Finding the total length of strokes in iLlustrator is the easy. Go to Window > Document info. This will open a pop-up window. In the small drop-down menu of the pop-up, choose Objects. Now select your entire piece and it will show its total length.

Remember to check the true stroke in Outline mode (win: ctrl + y | mac: cmd + y). In case your piece contains text, create the stroke lines, in Type> Create Outlines, witch will convert the typography into lines. Always, ungroup all lines (select all + right mouse)

 
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