Sublimation aluminum panel


#1

Hello everyone,
I wanted to ask, has the machine can cut a sublimation aluminum panel?

I know it does not cut very well Metals and only some metals to be etched on them …

Sublimation aluminum like this:

Thank you :slight_smile:


#2

A CO2 laser cannot generally cut metal…there is a special attachment for some machines that can but I doubt it would work with the GF


#3

And if cutting repeat it several times it did not help?


#4

The glowforge does not cut metal, its only removes the anodization from aluminum. If you are looking to cut aluminum, you might want to consider a CNC machine. Glowforges pseudo-sister company Inventables has a CNC machine called the x-carve that can mill aluminum.

https://www.inventables.com/technologies/x-carve

The next closest thing you will find is going to either be a fiber laser or a plasma cutter, both of which are a lot more expensive than the glowforge or x-carve.


#5

Nope…it doesnt “burn” hot enough.


#6

I’m assuming it will knock the ink off a sublimated aluminum panel, which I’m planning to use for a some jewelry projects. I’ll let the GF cut me a line through the ink, then hand-saw that outline with a jewelry saw (until we get a CNC mill).


#7

So use it as an advanced “scribe” of sorts… I like it


#8

Being able to accurately scribe artwork to the surface of metal will be a major improvement.
So many times in the creation of a piece, it has involved transferring a design to material as a cutting guide. Usually accomplished by hand drawing if different in scale, or epoxy the paper design directly to the metal if same scale, and cut through it.

As “leather Woman” @morganstanfield said, a jewelers coping saw makes quick work of an outline in metal.