A laser cut screen is a piece of material into which a pattern is cut with the use of a laser. Depending on the material used, the resultant screen may be used indoors or outdoors and it typically performs both a practical and decorative role. The uses of a laser cut screen are numerous but include privacy panels, balcony enclosures, theater sets and garden features. As laser cutting equipment sanctions designs to be created using computer software, several different patterns may be cut into screens and some consumers may elect to create their own.
Laser cut products are manufactured using defined laser cutting tools. The laser is programmed to follow precisely the design that has been drawn on the computer. When cutting screens, the laser makes its cut through burning and melting the sheet of material. A gas such as oxygen is added, which eliminates the melted material, parting with a clean hole.
Typical materials that may be used to make a laser cut screen include steel, plywood aluminum and medium density fiberboard. With thicker materials, the cut edges are more likely to look to have lines running across them. These are formed when hot and cold areas meet.
When a laser cut screen is to be used to create a secluded space, by making it difficult to see what lies past the screen, what is called the pattern density becomes significant. Pattern density describes how easy or problematic it is to see through various laser cut designs. A loose pattern with big shapes and big holes may be less dense and appear more see-through than more complex, firmly packed designs that obscure the view. Pattern density might be a vital consideration for a laser cut screen used as a balcony panel or to obscure unsightly aspects of a garden.
The thickness of the laser cut materials used to make screens can vary, but there is typically a maximum width past which the laser will not cut. In the case of some materials like copper and aluminum, the maximum thickness is likely to be less than it is for others, such as wood and acrylics. Depending on the material, a number of laser cut screens can be colored. Wooden screens can be dyed, and metals such as aluminum and a number of steels can be coated with powder. Some metals, like non-stainless steel, will rust over time, and this may well itself be considered an ornamental effect.
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