I am looking for a small laser machine to cut coffee stencils for example what you use to decorate your cappuccinos and lattes with chocolate powder. Does anyone know what machines are used and any recommendations? Thanks

  • Do you have specific requirements for the material of the stencil? Would a thick paper stencil for your private use be enough or do you want to make professional stencils and maybe even sell them?
    – Elmy
    Apr 15 '19 at 14:45
  • Yes this is to make professional stencils - e.g to cut 1.5mm PETG thermo-plastic
    – mattp
    Apr 16 '19 at 6:03

An option beyond using a laser would be to purchase a craft cutting machine such as a Silhouette Cameo or similar. It uses a very sharp cutter that is moved over the surface of the material, cutting through to create your stencils. It is quieter and less expensive than a laser cutter. Additionally, a laser machine creates smoke and odors which may be challenging to address.

As Chris suggests, you may find a makerspace with such a device, although they are inexpensive enough to purchase. Laser machines are much more costly.

silhouette cameo

  • I would challenge this idea that a Cameo would cut metal. You need something more substantial. Apr 16 '19 at 19:44
  • I would challenge the idea that the OP asked for metal cutting capability. The comment after the post suggests that the desired material is 1.5 mm PETG, which may be more challenging than thinner paper or thinner plastic.
    – fred_dot_u
    Apr 16 '19 at 20:25

You can choose to use either a laser metal cutter such as these or you can use a CNC plasma or CNC laser cutter.

If you wish to limit costs, your local makerspace may have one of these options.

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