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Laser Cutting

The Factory’s laser cutting bureau service is perfect for postgraduates, freelance designers, hobbyists and small creative businesses looking for access to a laser cutter to create beautiful digitally-fabricated products. For those requiring laser cutting more regularly, we also offer machine hire at great value prices plus inductions to get you started.

We have two laser cutters: an Epilog Fusion 32 M2 and a LaserPro X252. Both of our laser cutters can cut and engrave a range of materials including paper, card, leather, felt, laser grade plywood, and acrylic plastics. If you’d like to cut another material not specified above, please check with us in advance to make sure it’s suitable for laser cutting. We cannot laser cut PVC/Vinyl as this type of material emits toxic chlorine gas fumes when heated, which can damage the machine and your lungs.

Epilog Fusion 32 M2

60W CO2 Laser Cutter
Maximum cutting area: 812.8 x 508 mmm (32″ x 20″)
Maximum material thickness for cutting: 6mm

LaserPro X252

80W CO2 Laser Cutter
Maximum cutting area: 635 x 458 mmm (25″ x 18″)
Maximum material thickness for cutting: 6mm

Working with us

Please bring your materials with you to The Factory. When making your booking please allow some time for testing to ensure we find the correct settings for your chosen material. Following our file set up guidelines beforehand can help you to make the most out of your time here.

We accept the following file formats: SVG, EPS, AI, DXF, DWG.

With our laser cutting bureau service, all cutting is completed by one of our skilled technicians, and is charged at £48 per hour (incl. VAT) with payment taken up front. We can combine this service with product design and/or file set up as required.

For unsupervised machine hire, we require you to complete a 2 hour induction with one of our technicians for a one-off cost of £15 before you can begin to make bookings. After this, you can hire one of our machines at a rate of £15 per hour (incl. VAT) with a minimum booking of one hour. If you need further support from our technicians during your booking, this is available at an extra cost of £24 per half hour.

Call 0117 403 2306 for a quote and to book in some time with one of our skilled technicians. They will work closely with you to help realise your project in our welcoming workshop space.

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Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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