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    cut acrylic on a milling cutter or on a laser?

    Hey guys!

    Is there a difference whether I will cut acrylic on a milling cutter or on a laser. How will the product differ in quality and will it?

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    Re: cut acrylic on a milling cutter or on a laser?

    Yes, there are! Obviously, laser machine is better. Cutting quality. The laser treats the textile material by evaporating its particles. Automated equipment provides high quality cutting with straight edges. With manual processing, there is always a chance that the tailor will ruin the material.

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    Re: cut acrylic on a milling cutter or on a laser?

    Hi,
    what sort of material is it?.....a textile or is it acrylic sheet?

    Craig

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    Re: cut acrylic on a milling cutter or on a laser?

    Use CO2 laser cutter machine

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    Re: cut acrylic on a milling cutter or on a laser?

    Quote Originally Posted by TomJacks0n View Post
    Hey guys!

    Is there a difference whether I will cut acrylic on a milling cutter or on a laser. How will the product differ in quality and will it?
    This applies to sheet acrylic.
    Laser will give a very smooth polished edge with no nicks or ripples.
    It will also give a slightly tapered edge.
    Using a long focal lens, 4 inches instead of 1.5 inches, will give a less tapered edge.

    A milling cutter will give a straight edge unless you want a beveled edge, perhaps 45 degrees for a corner connection.
    Lasers are not very convenient for bevels.
    A milling cutter may induce a bit of chatter leaving a rough edge.
    You may need to provide a spring pass to get edge quality.
    You may need to flame polish the edge to get it to look like a laser cut.

    A milling operation will need to have the plastic clamped down and you may have tabs to contend with.
    Lasers do not need clamping.

    Lasered plastic may get a bit of smoke coating that has to be polished off.
    A laser kerf is .040 inches wide, a milling cutter is likely 0.25 inches wide.

    Acrylic laser engraves perfectly, but you cannot V-Carve with a laser.
    Milling with a v bit makes beautiful lettering.

    I typically laser up to 1/4 inch thick and use a Shop-bot router for thicker stuff.
    It you are 3d machining acrylic, you need a milling cutter.

    Hope this helps.,

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    Re: cut acrylic on a milling cutter or on a laser?

    1325 ATC cutting acrylic work with samples show
    https://youtu.be/UcvJFoh_z64
    ATC 3 tool engraing and cutting Acylic
    https://youtu.be/CZiw_WnT8BI

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    China 1390 100w laser machine engraving and cutting 10mm acrylic logo sign
    https://youtu.be/olBgrZzzR7g

    Cutting 20mm thickness acrylic
    http://youtu.be/PXd6_xo6lLw
    Cutting acrylic letter
    https://youtu.be/vHrjlWegbc4
    https://youtu.be/9FxfvFW29vE

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    Re: cut acrylic on a milling cutter or on a laser?

    Cutting edge , laser machine is still clean , smoth , cnc machine cutting will be white
    2 D engraving , laser is better
    2.5 D engravng , laser no ,cnc router is ok .
    CO 2 laser tube can work rough 8000 hours ,power have a nature loose in the process . Tool bits is just wear parts for cnc router .
    if your main work is sign making , laser machine is better ,
    if you still also process other work ,such as furniture ,ACP panel etc , cnc router is better . contact with me +8618560201508 or omnisales6@omni-cnc.com when you have more question

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