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In Sculpteo's quest to provide access, online, to the Factory of the Future, the company decided four months ago to launch a laser cutting service in addition to the online 3D printing service.

The purpose is to allow users to combine the best of the two technologies for projects. Whether it is for 3D Printing or for laser cutting, Sculpteo are constantly seeking new materials to expand their offer. Unveiled at CES 2017, the new metal 3D printing offer, with stainless steel, aluminium and titanium.

Sculpteo are now launching laser cut metal! With 3 new laser cutting materials: steel, stainless steel and aluminium.

For Sculpteo, 2017 is the year of metal digital manufacturing.

Laser Cut Metal is now live!

In July 2016 was announced the launch of the laser cutting service in a beta program. Two months later, it was time for laser cutting to be available for all customers, with more than 60 types of 4 main materials: acrylic, MDF, cardboard and plywood. Since then, expanding the offer to other materials, thickness and colours.

"After the companies' technical thermoplastic POM, we are now proud to announce the laser cut metal materials!

Metal is only the logical follow-up to widen our catalogue of over 65 laser cutting materials. With metals, we allow the completion of technical and engineering projects."

Accessible everywhere in a few clicks, you can now choose among 3 specific metals for your laser cutting projects.

Metal Laser Cut

Three Laser Cut Metal Materials to choose from; the most used and requested materials on offer: Aluminium; Stainless Steel and Raw Steel.

You can find them in the laser cutting material page.

Aluminium

This very light material is ideal for many technical project that needs an excellent strength/weight ratio. It is used in sectors like aerospace, automotive and transportation. Aluminium can also serve as aesthetic parts as its surface is slightly shiny and polished. It is one of the most used metallic materials thanks to its light weight and its very good mechanical properties.

The surface is relatively shiny and offers great possibilities for aesthetic objects.

Stainless Steel

Since it is standard in many industries, it was decided to add Stainless Steel to the list of laser cutting materials. Stainless Steel is weather resistant, suitable for many outdoor uses and has an excellent solidity. The main advantage of this material is that it does not need a rustproof treatment so it can be used in water-exposed environments without worrying about rust.

It makes the material suited for hygienic uses in the food industry, for example. It is also often used in architecture, engineering objects or for various tools.

Steel

Steel is particularly solid thanks to its content in carbon. This material is widely used as a structural material. The main industries that are using steel are construction, automotive and the energy field. For its characteristics, steel is used as a reinforcement material for structural components. It has very good mechanical properties: strength, toughness, ductility, weldability and durability.

However, raw steel is not as resistant to corrosion as stainless steel.

To learn more about each material, you can check the material pages.

How to Use Laser Cut Metal For your Projects

Sculpteo have already started using laser cut metal for a big project you may have heard about: the #SculpteoBikeProject.

This project is conducted by two of our designers Alexandre d’Orsetti and Piotr Widelka. They created the first ever functional bike using digital manufacturing. It was built over 7 weeks, and is meant to be continuously improved, especially during its big trip: to test it out, the designers are going on a 1,000 km trip from Las Vegas to San Francisco on the bike.

They used both 3D printing (metals, polymers, carbonmide…) and laser cutting (metals, leather…) for the Sculpteo Bike Project.

Metal laser cutting was used by the designers for cogwheels, brake discs and crank. Using laser cut metal was part of the logical process to obtain very precise, strong and customised parts they can iterate and adjust very fast.

How to Choose a Laser Cut Metal Material on Sculpteo

As simply as other materials, you can choose between aluminium, stainless steel and steel on the platform.

You first have to upload a vector file that contains your design.

Once you are on the interface, choose what line you want to be cut off and click on the Material tab.

Sculpteo Metal Laser Cutting

In the metal section, you can choose between 3 new materials for your laser cutting projects.

Metals sheet are available in 1, 2 or 3mm thickness, however we can cut thicker if needed. Please contact Sculpteo for a custom laser cut quote.

Maximal dimensions help you to think big! We can cut as big as 1000 x 1000mm.

To discover the specific features of each metal material, you can visit the material page.

To learn how to obtain a proper vector file for laser cutting, you can check out tutorials on how to prepare your 2D file.