Minimum size and tabs

Minimum size and tabs

Small and light parts can get lost or damaged during the laser cutting process since they can move as a result of the air cooling and tension in the material. This can happen to anything of around 10x10 mm in for example birch plywood and up to 50x50 mm in light materials like poystyrene and foams.

To avoid small parts getting damaged we advice to leave them fixed to the sheet with tabs (small bridges). You can do so by creating a very small break in a cutting line. Afterwards you can easily press the parts out of the sheet by hand.

- A break of 0.5 mm in the cutting line is suffcient.
- Use one tab for small parts (up to 10x10 mm)
- Use two or three tabs for bigger parts (up to 50x50 mm)
- Use four or more tabs for parts bigger than 50x50 mm)

Please take into account the kerf width.