Custom Cutting and Engraving Services in Los Angeles (Laser, CNC, Digital and Plotter Cutting)

Cutting and engraving are inseparable parts of the sign-making industry. A variety of materials are cut and engraved to provide you with the best possible sign design for your business.

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Being a sign-making company, cutting and engraving is an inseparable part of our industry without which we wouldn’t be able to provide you unique signage solutions. Front Signs offers top-notch cutting and engraving sign services around the USA for all types of materials, whether rigid or soft. 

Equipped with the latest technologies, we are ready to turn all your most sophisticated signage ideas into bespoke business and decorative signs. We offer a large stock of sign-making materials such as wood, PVC, aluminum, vinyl, and many others.

From a simple circle sheet to complex contours and labeling, a single piece or a series production - it’s all made possible with our cutting edge equipment.

We provide high-precision cutting and engraving services in Los Angeles with the following machines: digital, plotter, CNC, and laser millers. 

Got an idea? Fill in this form and upload your design to get an instant quote from a member of our professional staff. Our team will turn your signage design with 3D renderings into a real-life product with the use of our precision cutting. Even the most detailed designs will be perfectly transposed onto the material of your choice.

Techniques

The bleeding-edge CNC, laser, digital, and plotter cutting equipment we use for cutting & engraving make the whole process ultra-precise and flexible to your needs and requirements. We can cut & engrave your desired image, slogan, logo, quote, etc. into any size, shape, and style you prefer.

Laser Cutting and Engraving

laser cutter

Our cutting and engraving machine operates with a powerful laser beam. Laser cuts the material with high precision, providing lean and perfectly cut edges. The machine delivers maximum performance for cutting and engraving almost all types of materials.

The edges of laser cut plastic materials have a glossy finish - laser cut acrylic or custom cut plexiglass, for instance. It has a high degree of flexibility and can handle projects at any level of complexity. We even provide laser etching on wood for custom signs. This process displays any image on wood with a burnt effect. With its working area capacity, it can perform an equally accurate job on both large and small scale signs.

Laser cutting: The laser beam traces patterns onto the surface, leaving a beautifully cut and ready product. The laser cutting machine leaves a glossy effect on the edges of materials like acrylic.

Laser engraving: Besides laser cutting services, we also provide 3D laser engraving and laser etching services. The laser beam burns away or discolors particular surfaces with the needed depth. It provides a burnt effect on wood or leaves a matte finish on acrylic.

Specifications

  • Perfect for cutting, engraving, and etching

 

  • Provides a burnt effect on wood

 

  • Used for wood, magnet and plastic materials

 

  • Depth of cut 0 - 1” (0-25mm)

 

  • Working area 51” x 98” (1300X2500mm)

 

 

laser etching process

CNC Cutting and Engraving

CNC miller

CNC miller is a universal cutting and engraving tool for all types of rigid materials. The machine has X, Y, Z working dimensions. It’s ideal for geometrically simple as well as complex objects which can be milled with extreme detail accuracy.

Unlike the laser cutting machine, the CNC miller does not burn natural materials like wood and it provides a matte finish to the edges of plastic materials.

CNC cutting: No other cutting or engraving machine performs better on solid materials than CNC. With a CNC cutting machine, the needed product can be custom-sized, shaped and styled with a uniquely creative design.

CNC engraving: CNC flat groove engraving and V groove engraving are widely utilized. Flat groove engraving can be used when borders or routing letters are needed. V-groove carving is similar to flat but creates a channel that comes to a point at the bottom. CNC miller is perfect for creating 3D signs. It can engrave even the smallest details on almost any material.

 

Specifications

  • Used for cutting and engraving

 

  • Cuts even the smallest details of the design

 

  • Used for wooden, metallic and plastic materials

 

  • Depth of cut 0 - 70mm (0 - 2.7 inches)

 

  • Working area 60” X 118” (1500 mm x 3000 mm)

 

 

3D CNC engraving

Digital Cutting

digital cutter

For soft and plastic materials like foam board, PVC, styrene and more, we use a digital cutting machine. This is a computer-generated machine that provides die-cutting and kiss-cutting with sharp V-cut blades. It also provides creases with a 45-degree creasing wheel. Creasing is the process of leaving marked lines to allow for the folding of the material into a certain shape.

The digital cutting machine includes the following tools:

Pen, which can draw accurate figures on materials like a magnet, PVC, etc. Universal cutting tools with different blades, such as a kiss-cutting tool, pneumatic oscillating tool, V-cut knife and also a creasing wheel for soft materials.

For cutting a certain design, it automatically detects the crop marks as a guide and cuts the material in the exact shape of the design. The process goes like this: with the help of a cropmark sensor system, it locates the dotted cutting and performs precise and accurate contour cutting. This is a one-of-a-kind machine that has the capacity to cut custom artwork. It minimizes material waste due to its speed and precision.

Specifications

  • Used for cutting soft materials

 

  • Quick and consistent kiss and die-cutting options

 

  • V-cut blade and 45-degree creasing wheel

 

  • Depth of cut 1-50mm 

 

  • Cutting accuracy of 0.004" (0.1mm)

 

  • Working area of 63” x 98” (1600X2500mm)
digital cutting process

Plotter Cutting

plotter cutter

This machine is perfect for cutting thin materials such as vinyl and static cling. The high-precision cutter provides accurate contour-cut materials with the smallest details, enabling us to make custom stickers in all shapes and sizes.

The knife of the plotter quickly cuts the outline of your design into a sheet of the material, providing exceptional quality every time. The plotter has a cutting speed of 140cm per second and 160cm of cutting width.

Specifications

  • Perfect for cutting thin materials like vinyl

 

  • Cuts the smallest details in a fast and accurate manner

 

  • Provides perfect kiss-cut and die-cut edges

 

  • Has a continuous crop mark detection

 

  • Working area of 62.9" x 167' (1600mm x 51m)

 

 

plotter cutting porcess

 

Materials

materials

We use only the best quality materials for our signs. Here is a list of most of the materials we use for sign-making.

Foam Board and Gatorboard – Both are soft materials perfect for interior signs.  We offer digital and CNC cutting options for these two materials. Depending on the result you want, we will select the best option between the two machines.

Ultraboard Another foam core material, except it is covered with plastic sheets. We offer only CNC cutting services for ultraboard materials.

Acrylic – We provide CNC and laser cutting as well as engraving services for acrylic. Both machines provide excellent results. The main difference is in the finish of the cut parts. CNC provides a matte finish, while laser cut acrylic has glossy edges.

Lexan It is very similar to acrylic but with a higher degree of impact resistance. We offer cutting and engraving services with both CNC and laser machines. Laser cut edges on lexan have a glossy finish and a matte finish with a CNC router.

Aluminum, Dibond & Brushed Aluminum – All three are highly durable materials in the sign-making industry, though dibond is more durable than the other two. Our equipment allows us to offer metal cutting services. We provide metal cutting and engraving with a highly accurate CNC machine.

Coroplast – Lightweight material often used for yard signs. For coroplast, we offer only cutting services with digital, laser or CNC millers.

Wood and Plywood –  Two of the most common materials for engraved signs. Wood engraving is perfectly customizable for all themes whether it be decorative or business. We provide laser and CNC engraving on wood. The wood etching is a popular option for laser engraved signs. Laser beams burn the wood, leaving a mark of your logo or desired graphics. The edges of laser-cut signs have a burnt effect. CNC wood engraving does not leave any marks on the surface but rather a clean and accurate finish.

PVC – A durable material perfect for indoor and outdoor use. We provide laser, CNC, and digital cutting services for PVC materials. CNC engraving on PVC is also available. 

Styrene – A more flexible alternative to PVC. We provide laser, CNC, and digital cutting services for styrene. The CNC milling machine provides high-quality cuts. Thick sheets of Styrene are cut with the CNC mill, whereas thinner sheets work best with a laser cutter (for example for cutting out stencils).

Materials CNC Router CO Laser Digital Cutting Plotter JFX 200
Cutting Engraving Cutting Engraving Cutting Cutting
Aluminum Yes Yes
Dibond Yes Yes
Acrylic Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lexan Yes Yes Yes Yes
PVC Yes Yes Yes
Wood Yes Yes Yes
Plywood Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gatorboard Yes Yes
Foamboard Yes
Ultraboard Yes Yes
Falconboard Yes
Styrene Yes Yes Yes
ABS Yes Yes Yes Yes
Magnet Yes Yes
Vinyl / Mesh Banner Yes
Opaque / Clear / Frosted Vinyl Yes
Perforated Vinyl Yes
Brushed Aluminum Yes Yes
Static Cling Yes
Coroplast Yes Yes
Bond Paper Yes
Mountain logo laser engraving
Logo cutting process with Laser cutting machine
Dibond cutting with CNC milling

Materials

Acrylic

Acrylic

Aluminum

Aluminum

Brushed Aluminum

Brushed Aluminum

Coroplast

Coroplast

Dibond

Dibond

Foamboard

Foamboard

Gatorboard

Gatorboard

Lexan

Lexan

PVC

PVC

Plywood

Plywood

Styrene

Styrene

Ultraboard

Ultraboard

Wood

Wood

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Please note that Front Signs is a full-cycle sign manufacturing company. We handle all your signage needs in-house - starting with fabrication/printing and ending with installation and getting a permit for your sign (when necessary) in compliance with local laws and ordinances.


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Cutting and Engraving FAQs

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Is it possible for the laser cutter to damage the material?

A.
No, the laser cutter will not damage the material. This is a non-contact way of material cutting, as the laser beam is fixed on it at a certain distance and it cuts only according to the design. So the heat of the laser will not damage the material at all.
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Can I bring my own materials for laser cutting?

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Yes, you can bring your own materials and we will laser cut it in your desired way.
Q.

What is the cost for engraving?

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The cost for engraving varies from item to item. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Should I choose Laser cutting over CNC milling for wooden decorations?

A.
This depends on what the final look you want to achieve with your decoration. CNC milling gives a more elegant and cleaner look to the wood, while Laser gives a more cozy and rural look to it. The main difference between these two methods is that laser cutting gives a burnt effect on the wood.
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Do you laser cut multiple layers at the same time?

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For the majority of times, we cut only one layer at the time. This gives a cleaner look to the material. Also, when laser cutting multiple materials at the time, the materials may fuse to each other, as the laser melts the materials.
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What can you engrave with Laser?

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Logo signs, home signage, decorative and informative signage. Laser works well with these materials: Acrylic, Wood, Plywood any sign can be laser engraved from these material. In case of Acrylic and Lexan, laser leaves the edges and the engraved lines glossy. In case Acrylic sign is illuminated, the lines reflect the light. In case of Wood and alike materials laser engraving is more laser marking. It burns the material creating the desired depth and burnt density.
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What can you engrave with CNC mill?

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Logos & slogans, name plates, house numbers, what not! CNC can engrave Aluminum, Acrylic, Wood,etc. Acrylic engravings usually have matte finish. Whereas wood engravings have no burnt effect, just the clear wood. Do I buy products from you to engrave or can I bring you a product I already own? Both.
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What materials do you cut with Laser?

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We can cut various materials with a laser cutter. We offer numerous materials for laser cutting such as Acrylic, Lexan, Wood, Plywood, Styrene, thin PVC, etc. Each material has a different appearance so you can decide what type of look you are going for.
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How does a laser cutter work?

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The material is cut with a laser beam. This process works by applying a laser beam directly to the surface. The material is cut with the combination of the laser beam and pressure. The laser melts the material. It can leave a burnt look on the edges and lines on materials like Wood and glossy edges on materials like Acrylic or Lexan.
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How does laser engraving differ from CNC engraving?

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We use CO2 laser cutting machine that can surface mark the materials like wood, cut or engrave & accommodate a color fill.
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Can you engrave special characters or symbols?

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We can engrave any special character and symbol.
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Can you engrave photos and images?

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Absolutely! We offer laser marking and CNC 3D engraving. Contact our customer service team to get a quote!
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What is the dot size of the laser?

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The min. diameter of the laser beam dot is 0.3mm.
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