Laser Bed Cookie Sheet?

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#1

So, I’m making all these puzzles and it’s going fine… But then I have to take the cut puzzle off the metal honeycomb and life sucks. I’m thinking about making a sub-flooring tray out of metal mesh to be able to lift the small pieces all together…

Is this crazy? Chicken wire? Maybe have one stone cutting board I use as backing for cutting tiny bits? But then that would interfere with air flow…

Maybe I’m coming at this from the wrong direction and I should blanket them with painter’s tape and then lift…

Surely someone has wisdom?


#2

I’ve been thinking about that problem and when I get my glowforge I want to try what happens if I lay down one of those silicon baking mats.


#3

What about a metal screen? They make ones that have 1/8" openings for plenty of air flow.


#4

Would the matte side of aluminum foil be bad?


#5

We scoop up our kids’ puzzles with a thin plastic placemat. You could try that after its cut. Painters tape is a good idea too, but it might take a while.
I’ve thought of trying that press-n-seal plastic wrap, but I haven’t tried it yet.


#6

There were a lot of good ideas on this thread. A metal mesh would probably work fine, but I haven’t tried it.


#7

The tape isn’t a bad idea, but I’m not sure about painter’s tape. Brayer a sheet of vinyl transfer tape down over the top of the puzzle and pick it up. (You can buy it on a large roll, it’s sticky enough to hold the pieces and easy enough to peel back.) :slight_smile:


#8

I have some wire mesh that looks like it would work to keep those pieces from falling through the metal “honeycomb”. http://www.mcmaster.com/ has tons of variety of this stuff. Search for “wire cloth”. The wire mesh I have looks stiff enough to hold all the pieces and not flop around as you lift them out of the laser cutter and looks stout enough to withstand a glowforge laser. (I don’t know for sure- I don’t have mine yet. :slight_smile:


#9

Also call http://www.libertypuzzles.com/. They laser cut wood puzzles and may tell you how the keep the little pieces from falling through.


#10

I use this mesh at work occasionally. I doubt the glowforge would bother its integrity. However once it is bent it is near impossible to get it to lay perfectly flat again.


#11

We’ve tested similar mesh. It’s definitely laserproof, but you get quite a bit of blowback so the back of your materials don’t look so great.