our range of technical films for laser cutting

 

What does die-cutting mean?

The term "die-cutting" stands for processes in which film parts are separated from the surrounding material under pressure. Die-cutting is a very complex process that requires expert knowledge and the result can be influenced by various factors.

What techniques and die-cutting processes are there?

In general, the following die-cutting techniques are used, depending on the type of film:

  • conventional flatbed or stroke die-cutting 
  • rotary die-cutting. 

Both techniques can be used to die-cut film.

Advantages of laser processing of films

Technical films can be cut with a CO2 laser system. Cutting solutions with such a laser system are characterised by high precision and flexibility. Laser cutters are usually faster than cutting plotters and more precise than die-cutting. As a result, laser-cut products usually offer higher quality and a better appearance than other processes. Here is an overview of the advantages of laser cutting:

  • Very fine, clean and perfect cut edges.
  • No shearing of the material as with punching, because of non-contact and force-free processing.
  • High flexibility in contour selection.
  • No tool wear and therefore consistently high cutting quality.
  • Even small minimum quantities are cost-efficient.
  • High utilisation of the material and thus better economic efficiency.
  • Several jobs compatible in one work step.
  • No tool change necessary / shorter set-up times.
  • Easy to process.
  • Suitable for printing with different printing methods depending on the design.
  • No blade cleaning necessary.

Thanks to the high precision during processing, the use of a laser offers a wide range of possible applications. Laser cutting is ideal for the production of labels, signs, membrane keyboards as well as front foils.

Where are laser-cut films used?

The growing demand for plastic film and in particular individually cut film parts requires high-quality and reliable cutting forms. Different processes can be used for cutting. Many customers therefore ask us whether film can be laser cut. 

Laser cutting of films has been an important technology for many years and is particularly interesting for smaller quantities. Developments in recent years have made laser technology an interesting alternative to conventional processing methods such as punching or die-cutting, even for series production. Typical areas of application for laser cut films are operating elements (membrane keyboards), self-adhesive labels, front films for white goods and back-moulded film parts in the automotive industry. Laser cut films can be used for various applications and fields of use and offer a wide range of possibilities, such as:

  • Membrane keypads. 
  • Front panels - front films. 
  • Lamps.
  • Labels and signs.
  • Foil parts for insulation of electrical components.
  • Self-adhesive components. 

Our laserable special films are available as standard rolls in various thicknesses and formats or directly cut to size to suit your needs. In addition to the production of membrane keyboards, the film solutions are also suitable for a variety of other applications. These include labels or signs and much more.

What material are films made of for laser cutters?

Various materials can be cut with a CO2 laser. Typical materials are acrylic, wood, textiles, films and plastics. Depending on the application, a different laser film is recommended. We will be happy to advise you on the choice of material and recommend the right laser cutting film for your project. From our range of technical films, we particularly recommend PMMA films of the Plexiglas brand and polyester films for laser cutting. Depending on the application, these films offer special properties. PMMA films, for example, are UV, ageing and weather resistant, making them ideal for outdoor use. Polyester films, on the other hand, offer higher temperature resistance as well as excellent chemical resistance.

PMMA films by Röhm®

PMMA (also known as acrylic) films are particularly resistant to UV, ageing and weathering and are therefore suitable for outdoor use. High-quality products of the Plexiglas brand impress with the properties of special light conduction (transmission) as well as absolute transparency and colourlessness. They are available as crystal-clear colourless products with matt or glossy surfaces in various thicknesses. Further plus points are the problem-free cuttability on laser devices as well as the printability in various printing processes. Compared to polyester or polycarbonate films, Plexiglas® has a lower temperature resistance. 

Polyester films from Folex® and Dupont®

Biaxially oriented polyester films (BO-PET) are characterised by high temperature resistance. They also have good tensile strength, excellent chemical, mechanical and thermal stability and outstanding transparency. Crystal clear or white polyester films are good electrical insulators, show low moisture absorption (0.3%) and high dielectric strength. PET films can be laser cut with a CO2 laser system. You can also laser cut the commonly used Mylar film. We source our polyester films from leading manufacturers such as Dupont Teijin Films® or Folex®. The products are known under the brand names Folex®, Mylar® or Melinex®.

What should be considered when lasering films?

It should be noted that deep laser engraving or the cutting of certain materials can result in so-called smoke marks. The reason for this is that more heat and vapours are generated by the high laser power and the resulting increased combustion of the material to be cut. 

This effect of burns or smoke marks occurs repeatedly when laser cutting polycarbonate films. We therefore recommend carrying out initial trials and tests with the selected laser film before larger cutting jobs. This way you can test whether our PC films are suitable for your laser cutter. You are also welcome to contact the manufacturer of the laser cutter and ask whether your device is compatible with polycarbonate films and which settings need to be selected.

In which thicknesses, colours and surfaces are laserable film available?

We offer our technical films in thicknesses from 0.1 mm to 1 mm. Depending on the application, a particularly thin film or a stable film with a greater thickness is recommended. The materials and film types differ in terms of thickness and surface of the film. In addition to crystal-clear special films, you will also find white products in our range. We offer plastic films from renowned manufacturers and brands in different materials, colours, thicknesses and surfaces. You can find more information about our film range at www.folien-zentrum.com. We look forward to your enquiry!

Service, cutting and delivery time of laser film.

As a specialist for technical high-performance films and laser films, we offer you an extensive product range. These include films for laser cutters as rolls in various thicknesses. We can supply you with these in fixed widths and lengths or in rectangular sheets / formats, starting from small quantities. In addition to our standard rolls, we offer you individual dimensions to suit your application and / or machine. Please ask us for the required format and we will provide you with a suitable offer. We will also be happy to answer any further questions you may have on the subject of ordering, storage, packaging and delivery. 

For further enquiries or customer requests regarding material selection, formats and dimensions, plastic type, we will be happy to advise you. We are also always happy to answer any questions you may have about our company. Please contact us if you would like advice or a specific quotation for laserable films. 

You can order laser film by phone or buy it online. We look forward to your enquiry!