Category Archives: Product & Design Ideas

USA Catalog Expands With Three Recycled Acrylics

See The Inventive Ideas You Can Make Just In Time For The Holidays

When it comes to laser cutting, plastic is soooo fantastic. But…it’s not so environmentally friendly. For those who want to build electronics enclosures or design jewelry out of acrylic because of the material’s aesthetic appeal and huge color selection, there hasn’t been an alternative. Until now.

Introducing recycled acrylic.

Yep, you read that right. Recycled acrylic is now available in the USA catalog and awaiting your creativity to bring it to life.

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Luxury Laser Cutting In Leather

Mocha Upholstery Leather Has Just Been Added To The NZ Catalog

If you think leather is just for footwear, luggage and handbags, think again. Leather is a versatile material for laser cutting and one that’s historically been underutilized. Whether used in in crafts, jewelry, wallets, cuffs, belts, placemats or coasters, leather gives a luxurious feel to any product. And with the new mocha upholstery leather just added to the NZ materials catalog, you too can begin making luxurious products of your own.

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Seven Inventive Ideas To Make With New Ripstop Nylons

The USA Catalog Expands With Black, Orange And Grey Fabric

Historically, laser cutting materials have been hard plastics, wood or metal along with leather and felt. True fabric hasn’t been an option—until now. With the introduction of black, orange and grey ripstop nylon to the USA materials catalog lineup, there’s a whole new world of product possibilities that you can either sell for profit or use to build your brand.

Design Inspiration: Real Products You Can Make With New Ripstop Nylon

Can you really laser cut ripstop nylon?

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Electronics Enclosures That Are Functional Art

Dandelion Sound Transforms Vintage Suitcases Into Custom Boomboxes

Aleksey Bochkovsky says he’s always been a hands-on person with much appreciation for tangible art. Once you see the boomboxes he makes from vintage luggage at Dandelion Sound, you’ll understand why.

“Vintage wooden suitcases provide great esthetics and decent sound,” Aleksey explains. “I’ve seen other people make similar designs, but I take it further by creating functional art that is way more than sum of the parts.”

Most other vintage suitcase boomboxes simply have speakers directly installed into the case walls.

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USA Catalog Expands With Three Acrylic Stickers

See The Inventive Ideas You Can Make With Adhesive-Backed Plastic

These flexible, self-adhesive stickers are a laser-engraving breakthrough. With three brushed metal colors—copper, silver and gold—and contrasting black engraving, adhesive-backed plastic is a great choice for making laser cut designs that pop.

This latest addition to the USA catalog is made from TrophyFlex, a Made-In-USA thin-gauge flexible acrylic composite designed for laser-engraved plates and labels.

With a durable micro-surface finish in a .015″

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Nine Acrylic Sticker Ideas You Can Make With Adhesive-Backed Plastic

Get Inspired With This Latest Addition To The NZ Catalog

With metallic colors and contrasting engraving, adhesive-backed plastic is a great choice for making designs that pop. This latest addition to the NZ materials catalog is comprised of acrylic modified with styrene for strength. It has a thin layer of brushed gold on the top, black in the middle and an adhesive on the back. The result is an acrylic sticker that’s tailor made for laser cutting products to sell or for use when building your brand.

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13 Jewelry Ideas You Can Make With Three New Materials

USA Catalog Expands With Maple, Red Oak And Walnut Hardwoods

Bamboo, plywood and MDF have great physical properties for laser cutting, resulting in a naturally beautiful product. Perhaps that’s why wood is the second most used material among makers for laser cutter projects.

With all this popularity, however, you’ve wanted more. Requests have been coming in to add hardwoods to the USA catalog. Wish granted! Now you can make amazing creations from maple,

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Eight Jewelry Ideas To Make With Macrocarpa

Get Inspired With This Latest Addition To The NZ Catalog

Wood is the second most used material for laser cutting because of its natural beauty. And while bamboo, plywood and MDF have great physical properties for laser cutting, you’ve been asking for a solid wood to be added to the NZ materials catalog. Request granted. Introducing Macrocarpa.

Eight Jewelry Ideas You Can Make With Macrocarpa

To put this hardwood—and our design skills—to the test,

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11 Product Ideas You Can Make With Three New Materials

USA Catalog Expands With New Polyurethane Foam, Coaster Board And Amber Bamboo Options

When introducing new materials to the USA catalog each month, we typically offer one kind of material (such as cardstock paper, felt or acrylic) in multiple colors. But this month, we’re mixing it up. Literally.

Introducing new polyurethane foam, coaster board and mid-weight amber bamboo!

Design Inspiration: What You Can Make With Polyurethane Foam, Coaster Board and Amber Bamboo

To see how these three new materials stack up,

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EVA Foam Hits The NZ Catalog

Form, Function—And Fun!—Come Together With This New Material

When it comes to materials, EVA foam may not be at the top of your can’t-wait-to-make-with-this list. But it is such a useful material that we just had to add it to the NZ materials catalog.

Makers who need practical products such as gaskets and packaging are jumping for joy. But this latest addition also has something for those clever designers who are always looking to expand their repertoire of products created from non-traditional materials used in the most interesting of ways.

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