I haven’t used laser cutting for roller printing. have always cut by
hand. A resource is available to me If I want to go that route. This
source is a small sign/laminating shop in a seedy part of town.
Wisely they have stayed abreast of the available technology.
Knowing how printers and others in a similar field work, I’d keep in
mind that the ‘set-up’ is a very large part of the cost in a small
job. Just loading/handling of your file takes some time and setting
the parameters on the cutter is much the same in time consumption.
Multiple designs on a maximum sized sheet would reduce unit cost I’m
sure. Several sheets of the same material eliminates having to set up
fresh… same for multiple copies of the same set of designs…
Materials… not much will last beyond a single pass, especially
if you are getting decent relief in rendering the design on the
metal. Each pass will stretch the laser cut material and compress it
until it kaput. (Think of your roller designs as mono prints.
unique.) Materials you might try using if you can locate them are
green and red fiber board. These are traditionally used in letter
press print shops. Of course file folders work, but you might try a
thicker version which are the file dividers with the A-Z tabs. They
are very close to the thickness of green fiber board.
The laser cut designs could be considered a type of ‘proofing’ for
moving forward on your more successful choices. Tweak them to
satisfaction and then investigate getting something cut in metal for
your die. I’m sure members will have suggestions for sources to have
All the best,