CNC Router Cutting2022-06-06T10:03:16+00:00

CNC Router Cutting

We have large scale fabrication capacity for signs. Thus, we can create bespoke and cost-effective signage. In addition to working for our signage clients and on our CNC router projects, we also offer trade cutting for various industries. If you are an industrial fabricator, artist, wood maker, furniture shop owner, university student, or have an architectural project, we’ve got you covered.  (A computer numerical control (CNC) router is a computer-controlled cutting machine which typically mounts a hand-held router as a spindle which is used for cutting various materials, such as wood, composites, aluminium, steel, plastics, glass, and foams.)

We can cut full sheets in our CNC router as well as engrave material up to 2440mm x 1220mm in dimension. Our CNC router allows for a huge variety of material to be cut. This includes, all types of wood (MDF, plywood, etc), plastics (corflute, forex, polypropylene, and acrylic), basic cuts to aluminium, and ACM panels. CNC routing provides accurate and efficient shaping of multiple materials, we predominantly complete 2D cuts and elementary 3D geometry cuts. It can be used for small projects as well as large format workpieces.

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Applications

Signage Display

V Grooving ACM

Custom CNC Cut Outs

CNC Engraving Wood

Decorative Panel Cut

CNC Repetitive Cutting

CNC Acrylic Engraving

3D Cut Out Router Lettering

Cut Out Router Letters

The Platinum Difference.

CNC Router Cutting – Fast & Efficient

Just like laser machines, the CNC router uses a computer and programs to make cuts in the chosen material.  However, with CNC cuts, various types of bits are used. The exact bit used depends on the type of material and its thickness. A CNC router has fast spinning cutting bits that will follow the guidelines of a vector file to cut through the material.

The CNC router has advantages over laser machines, as it can cut through thicker and denser material sheets. It will also leave the edges unburnt, and these may only require a light sanding or other finishing as desired. Our cuts are programmed in a way that ensures a clean cut, as we select the right operating speed that will not compromise on the finished result.

Industries we work with:

  • Signage
  • Shop Fitters
  • Stencils
  • Engineering
  • Bespoke Furniture
  • Boat Building
  • Theatre and Set Design
  • Architectural Surfaces and Elements
  • Cabinetry
  • Wood making
  • Framework
  • Decorative Panels

CNC Router Engraving

Platinum Signs has both laser cutting technology as well as CNC router engraving capability. Both are fantastic yet unique ways to engrave on materials. 

The main difference is the fineness of engraving with laser vs router. The laser is higher in precision vs the engraving tools for the router system. Thereafter for very detailed, intricate engraving, we use the laser and for deeper, thicker cuts or three-dimensional engraving, we mostly use the CNC router engraving bits. 

When engraving plastic, we have a limited number of options such as acrylic that can be used,. Acrylic cuts can create toxic fumes when laser engraving is used. That is not a problem faced with the router system, as metal tools are used to drill, carve into the material instead of burning the surface. You can achieve considerable deeper cuts with the router. 

The CNC router engraving machine has a wide range of applications, and can be applied to various industries and fields, suitable for a large quantity of materials, such as thick wood and ACM composite panels which can be v grooved. 

The CNC carving process can be applied to decoration, musical instruments, signs, furniture, cabinet making, souvenirs, a long list of materials such as plastics, foams, ABS, PVC, acrylic, marble, ACP / ACM panelling, pure aluminium, wood, plywood, MDF, copper and other soft metal materials. 

Cut For Trade – Value For Money

We offer a “Cut For Trade” service, which is exclusively available to business clients. We ensure our business clients receive a combination of a quality service and the most competitive rates on their custom signage and other CNC projects. We can also offer credit accounts to our business clients, please get in touch with us to learn more about it.

How it works:

  1. You discuss your CNC needs with one of our specialists.
  2. You send us your cut files. Or alternatively;
  3. We use your design concept and one of our dedicated designers formats the cut files for you.
  4. Your design goes into production.
  5. Delivery of your product or you can collect from our workshop in Leichhardt, NSW, Australia.

FAQ

What Materials do you Work With?2022-01-27T22:04:24+00:00

The main material we work with is acrylic, which is the leading material used for the sign industry in Sydney. We work with a lot of plywood as well on various projects for our clients and trade business partners. We also work with solid timbers, ACM, aluminium, brushed ACM, various other sign boards and composite panels. Not all materials are applicable to cut on both the CNC router and laser cutter.

Standard CNC Routing Materials

Plastics

  • Acrylic
  • PVC
  • Foamcore
  • Poilycarbonate
  • HDPE
  • Acetal

Organic Material

  • Furniture grade, internal and external plywood
  • Softwood
  • Hardwood
  • Chipboard
  • Bamboo
  • Birch Wood
  • OSD (Oriented Strand Board)

Composites

  • ACM
  • Brushed ACM
  • Valchromat (Coloured MDF composite)
  • GRP (Premium fivberglass sheet)

Metal

  • Aluminium
  • Anodised Aluminium
  • Colorbond

 

What are Your Machine Cutting Areas and What are the Technical Specs?2022-01-27T22:03:32+00:00

In the majority of times we use full sheets, which are 2440mm x 1220mm for both laser and CNC cuts.

The height will vary on the specific material to be used, but the router cuts material with up to 50mm thick and the laser up to 40mm.

Laser Cutter Bed — 1600mm x 1100mm

CNC Router Bed — 2440mm x 1220mm

Can I Bring My Own Material?2022-01-27T22:02:54+00:00

Yes, you sure can. We welcome you to bring your own material, but keep in mind, that a number of materials can be harmful to our machines and, most critical, to our operators, in particular for laser cutting. Therefore, it is best to call ahead and discuss your options.

Which is Better – Laser or CNC Router Cutting?2022-01-27T22:01:54+00:00

Each project is unique. Feel free to give us a call or drop us an email enquiring what is the best method of cutting. Our friendly team will be more than willing to guide you through. We generally combine the best of both worlds for bespoke custom projects of our clients. Both technologies have it is own merits and disadvantages over the other.

How Long Will it Take to Do my Cutting?2022-01-27T21:59:35+00:00

Our standard lead time is 5 business days, that said, it depends a lot on the size of the project. For basic cutting, we can have usually your cut ready in the same day. We also offer rush cutting services upon availability for an extra fee (to be confirmed and dependant on the size of your project).

Can I Wait in Your Shop for the Cutting?2022-01-27T21:58:56+00:00

Unfortunately, due to the working conditions, we do not have a place that you can wait safely. We run a busy and tight space area and would prefer you to come back at an arranged time to collect your project.

What is a Typical Turnaround on a CNC Router Project?2022-01-27T21:57:59+00:00

The usual turnaround from the moment the quote is approved and we have the files ready to cut in hand is 1 to 2 days for smaller, straightforward cuts in smaller scale.

Large projects or projects with complex CNC router cutting involved can take longer, often demanding testing as well, and could take anywhere from 5 days to 2 weeks to complete.

Trade partner / wholesales cutting services – We do understand that time is of the essence, and we do our very best to assist our trade clients in a speedy manner giving preference and working overtime on projects with tight deadlines.

Give us a call on 1300 448 608, come into our office for a chat at 12 Upward St Leichhardt or email to [email protected] to discuss your next CNC Router cutting project.

 

 

What CAD Files Do You Accept?2022-01-27T21:56:44+00:00

Our preference is to work with .dxf format. That said, we can work as well with .ai .dwg .pdf .svg.

A CAD drawing is a must to commence any machining. In case you don’t already have a CAD file handy to send to us, or else if you are not in a position to organise the creation of one we are willing to assist. So long as we are referring to simpler cuts involved. We do not do any creation of 3d drawings for trade customers. The purpose of us proving you with a CAD service is to get your project ready for cutting. We do not provide stand-alone design services. Our focus is on assessing files and cutting in large scale, being able to pass competitive prices for our clients.

What our clients have to say:

Matt Soltau
Expansion Manager
Smile Direct Club

Great work, consistently delivering on time, on budget our projects across Australia and NZ in multiple sites, inclusive of regional centres.

Olivia Longson
Marketing Manager
Lounge Lovers

Platinum handles all our signage requirements across our stores in Australia, from window decals, outdoor billboards and fleet branding.

Caio Bueno
Head of Operations
Two Men and a Truck

Platinum Signs has been providing signage to our fleet across the country for years. We can rely upon their expertise when it comes to advise as well as trusting their crafted installers that always live up to our expectations.

Our Clients

Freedom Hearing
Smile Direct Club
Two men and a truck
Cancer Council
Janison
Total Fitouts
Accor Hotel
Asahi
Lounge Lovers
Western Sydney University
Google

Our Clients.

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