Useful tips to get the optimum cut quality from this versatile material
Cardstock cuts slightly differently from other materials in the Ponoko catalogues, so there are a few useful things to know to get the optimum cut quality for your project. Some of these are mentioned in the material pages, such as designing around small light pieces that can shift during cutting. We always strongly advise that you carefully read material information to get a clearer idea of what results to expect. Material samples are another handy reference, although we stress that every project is different, and prototyping is the only way to ensure the best outcome.
Something to keep in mind is that many of the mass-produced, intricately cut card products on the market are not laser cut but stamped out with a die – like a cookie cutter. A laser cuts by burning, so some discoloration can be expected around cut marks. This is an inherent part of the laser cutting process and can be seen in the catalogue material photos. (more…)