List of laser cutting services


#1

I’ve been compiling this list for some time now, picking them on various sources like reddit, geekhack, and others. Could be useful for someone. EDIT: I’ll add the other places people tell on the comments.


#2

You also have https://www.lasermaster.co.uk/.


#3

fantastic list!
I know laserboost normally has copper/brass as a request able metal


#4

I know, I listed only the ones that appears on their website. That’s why I made that observation.


#5

Ponoko does all kinds of materials. But the only two material types that are reasonably priced and applicable to keyboards are acrylic and bamboo.

Also, many people have good experiences with lasergist (their quality is great), but if something goes wrong, there customer service is horrendous. So much so that there is a good chance that whatever went wrong will never be put right.

Edit: I should provide full disclosure. Ponoko has been, but is not currently, a sponsor of meetups in Seattle. Was only sharing what they have because it was missing at the top.


#6

In Europe I found


to be relatively cheap (2 sets of Iris keyboard plates, top and bottom for about 70 Euro)
They offer aluminum and steel in different variations.


#7

I myself have used Lasergist before and the quality of their plates is stunning. But there are the issues you mentioned.

@kohlerm, Lasergist is from Greece, LaserBoost is from Spain, Sculpteo is from France, and there are a couple of British companies as well. Europeans are very well served of options here. (At least until the Brexit ends…)


#8

This is awesome. What would also be helpful is a list of PCB fab and assembly shops, if anyone out there has any recommendations.


#9

For PCBs I use www.pcbshopper.com, it compares the price between a bunch of fab/assembly houses. You provide the information about your PCB (size, number of layers, etc.) and it automagically compare the prices.


#10

How is https://stratakb.com/ not on here yet? They do custom stuff as well as sell precut stuff.


#11

Great list, thanks!

I thought big blue saw offered only waterjet cutting.
They mentioned to me that they wanted to start giving CNC service for carbon fiber parts with multiple detail; cutting carbon fiber with waterjet might intriduce too much delamination.


#12

@SeaOrRiver, they offer both laser and water cutting, depending on the material.


#13

So that people like you can tell others they exist! :wink:


#14

Now this is amazing. I used to have to go for quotes to all of the places individually. Massive timesaver


#15

I’m logged into ponoko, here’s their list of materials. Any numbers listed after a material are the thicknesses offered in mm. Only listing them for the materials people might use as a plate. I do not recommend them for metal, their prices are prohibitive. A basic 60% plate was quoted at around 200$. Their acrylic selection is wonderful though.

Fabric
Wool Felt
Ultrasuede
Synthetic Felt

Leather
Leather (Vege Tanned)
Upholstery Leather

Metal
Brass - 0.8mm Thickness
Copper - 0.8mm Thickness
Stainless Steel - 0.4, 0.8mm Thickness

Paper
Cardstock

Plastic
Delrin - 0.8,1.5,2.3,3.2,4.9mm Thickness
Acrylic - 1.5, 2.0, 3.0, 4.5, 5.6, 9.0 (varies based on color)
PETG
Styrene
Polarizing Film
Laserable Magnet
Polyurethane Foam

Rubber
Silicone

Wood
MDF
Painted MDF
Veneer MDF
Premium Veneer MDF
Melamine Finished MDF
Printed MDF
Coated MDF
Peel & Stick Veneer
Taskboard
Hardboard
Bamboo
Cork
Plywood

Cardboard
Corrugated Cardboard
Cardboard
Matboard
Coasterboard


#16

any thoughts on the best place to get a polycarbonate plate for and xd75? going to be building it in a tofu and want that deep full thock sound


#17

I’ve used Ponoko, Sculpteo, and BigBlueSaw for my personal projects. If anyone wants to hear what my experiences have been like with any of them feel free to ask.