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2020 Best Sites for Laser Cutter Designs & Templates

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by Genaro Ponce
Jan 9, 2020
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Laser cutters are great tools, but without good designs, you're stuck. Check out the best sites for laser cutter designs and templates.

Laser Cutter Designs & Templates

What Lasers Do

A laser cutter in action
A laser cutter in action (Source: Ahsaptan Sanat)

Laser cutting is a subtractive fabrication method in which a laser beam heats up the surface of a material until it generates a clean cut or leaves a mark (engraving) on the surface. It’s able to cut and engrave different materials including metals, wood, MDF, acrylic, paper, or cardboard, among others.

Laser cutters have many applications for designers, makers, and hobbyists. You can work with different file formats, like DXF, DWG (AutoCAD), AI (Adobe Illustrator), CDR (Corel Draw), or even images, like JPG or BMP.

A lot of templates and designs are available on the internet to be downloaded, some for free and others at a very low price. Templates are generic files that you can customize easily with many software tools, and designs are made with accurate measurements, ready to be cut as-is.

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Vecteezy

Vecteezy laser cutting templates
Vecteezy laser cutting templates (Source: Vecteezy)

As they claim on their website, Vecteezy is a vector graphics community where designers and artists from all over the world publish and share thousands of files. Some are very simple designs while others are pretty intricate, but all of them are usable and optimized for laser cutting.

File selection: Large

Cost: Most of the files are free, but there’s a Pro license to use them for personal or commercial purposes without any problem.

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3axis.co

The 3axis.co home page
The 3axis.co home page (Source: 3axis.co)

3axis.co is probably the largest vector repository where you can download free designs for laser cutting in many formats, like DXF, DWG, CDR, or BMP. It has over 16,000 files available, and new content is added frequently. Previews are also available, showing you what the design is likely to look like once fabricated.

File selection: Large

Cost: Free

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Laser Ready Templates

Laser Ready Templates is an easy website to navigate
Laser Ready Templates is an easy website to navigate (Source: Laser Ready Templates)

Laser Ready Templates is an online shop with more than 3,500 templates and designs ready to be laser-cut and engraved. The content is updated every month, and in case you’re looking for a specific design, they accept custom design jobs, too.

Files are already tested and you can download them in CDR, PDF, AI, EPS, and SVG formats. They guarantee that the file you purchase will work correctly with any laser cutter machine, and the license you get with it allows you to use the templates for personal, commercial, and professional use.

File selection: Moderate

Cost: Prices start at $1.00, with 38 free templates.

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Epilog Laser Sample Club

The Epilog Laser Sample Club
The Epilog Laser Sample Club (Source: Epilog Laser)

Epilog Laser, a company founded in 1988, is a leader in high-quality laser cutting and engraving systems. In addition to that, they have a free resource section, the Sample Club, on their website with more than 170 designs ready to be downloaded in different file formats, like AI, CDR, PDF, and EPS.

All the files are already optimized to be cut in different materials, including wood, MDF, acrylic, and glass. And just to make things easier to find, the files are organized using categories.

File selection: Small

Cost: Free

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Etsy

Etsy laser templates
Some laser templates on Etsy (Source: Etsy)

Etsy is an e-commerce website where people can sell and buy creative items. It has lots of quality laser templates with more than 17,000 files available to be purchased.  You can download them in multiple formats including DXF, DWG, or AI, and you can filter them by material and price, too.

Within Etsy are plenty of individual stores offering different designs or even finished products like jewelry or decoration items.

File selection: Large

Cost: Prices vary according to the quality and complexity of the file.

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Thingiverse

Laser-cut designs on Thingiverse
Laser-cut designs on Thingiverse (Source: Thingiverse)

Thingiverse is commonly known as a 3D printable model repository, but if you search for “laser cut”, you’ll get very interesting laser cutter designs. There are more than 4,000 files available for free, and you can find all kinds of stuff from decorative to functional items.

File selection: Moderate

Cost: Free, but you can always support designers with tips.

(Lead image source: Epilog Laser via YouTube)

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