laser cutting/ photo etching

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    laser cutting/ photo etching

    I'm looking for an individual or company that offers photo etching or laser cutting for brass/aluminium sheet. Preferably in the UK but abroad could work. I've used local suppliers before but they aren't too interested in small orders. Anyone used a company or even offer this themselves? it's not a huge or complex piece, just A4 or smaller repeats of 2 parts.

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    Re: laser cutting/ photo etching

    Finding someone willing to "cut" metal is going to be hard, you're going to need one powerful laser. I don't even know if I can have it etched with the laser out here. Your best bet would be to look for water jet cutting, no reflection into a lens there.

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    Re: laser cutting/ photo etching

    I agree with CNC, Water Jet cutting is your best bet.

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    Re: laser cutting/ photo etching

    http://www.starshipmodeler.com/tech/fh_pe.htm

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    Easy way to remember this is "acid to watah, doin what cha ottah"

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    Re: laser cutting/ photo etching

    If you need metal etched, laser is about the only way you can go. A straight cut will definately require a water jet, but a super powerful laser can hit through metal if you want. Remember that metal is reflective and the ore will need to be covered in tape before cut though.

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    Re: laser cutting/ photo etching

    Raffles said: View Post
    I'm looking for an individual or company that offers photo etching or laser cutting for brass/aluminium sheet. Preferably in the UK but abroad could work. I've used local suppliers before but they aren't too interested in small orders. Anyone used a company or even offer this themselves? it's not a huge or complex piece, just A4 or smaller repeats of 2 parts.
    You can check out my dads company.. http://www.htlaser.com/ I live out of state from him and don't really know a whole lot about what they will/won't do. Worth a shot I guess

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