Recommendations for online vendors of laser cutting materials?

Our makerspace has a few people who are thinking about placing one or more orders for various materials.  Most will be used on the laser cutter, but not all.  Some of the materials we are looking for are: * Wood: basswood sheets, birch (or similar sturdy) plywood, etc * Acrylics * Leather (vegetable tanned) * Paper: undetermined cardboard and/or cardstock What companies are out there that would have a variety of these materials at good prices?  (For comparison, we have been mostly leaning on the local Michaels - probably one of the most expensive options per-piece.) Thanks!

Topic by sing1ejack 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What methods allow wood glue to seep into basswood better?

Hi Everyone! I am currently working on a Basswood bridge project and my initial testing came to conclude that failure of my bridge was due to break joints! i took a look at the joints and the glue and these locations had barely seeped into the wood enough that it eventually broke off from weakness! I am aiming for my bridge to break within the sections and NOT at the joints. Are there metods like baking? soaking? the wood and glue so that the glue can seep in better? Specifics too please! I have seen people soak it, or "damp" i should say. But I have no clue how much to damp it or any of that! Acetone came up too.... not to sure though, how does this even work?! -Thanks noobie

Question by noobiefied 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Favorite Wood

For woodcarvers and whittler's, what's your favorite type of wood to use? Personally, I like using Mahogany for it's nice reddish coloring, but I also use Basswood quite often.

Topic by LoneWolf 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What the right material for me?

Hey Community! What type of material is best for making robots, small boxes, and platforms? What inexpensive tools can I buy for cutting them? 1/4 or 1/8 inch acrylic would be perfect, but I don't have a laser cutter. Can you cut small pieces of acrylic with a handsaw? Same thing with wood, I have no idea how to make cut small pieces properly. Metal? Is that even an option? Wood seems to be my only option but I don't know where to get it or how to cut it. If I buy 1/8 inch ply I cutting plywood is annoying, since it's made up of layers. Is 1/8 plywood what I want to use? Is there some other type of thin wood I should use? Basswood is OK but most of the time it's too thin and very expensive. I have a good dremel but trying to cut along a strait line with those dumb grinding wheels is very difficult. Where can I buy really small nuts, bolts, and washers to use with wood/acrylic?

Topic by HavocRC 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago