Laser Cutting

National Balsa can now offering laser cutting services. So whether you need a couple pieces
or a whole kit cut order your wood from us and we can laser cut your parts
and ship to you saving you money and time!

The cutting area available is 50"x50"

we do not have wood that size.. that is only the table size of the laser.

Please note: If you are looking to get an airplane cut for you, we require a DXF or DWG files.
In order to cut paper plans we need to scan them in and draw each piece costing $84/hr.
It is a very lengthy and expensive procedure.

Our laser kerf is .003-.007, a good rule of thumb is .005.
The thickest basswood we can cut is 1/2". The thickest ply is 1/2".
We ask that you lay everything out that you would like to be cut on
sheet sizes that we carry, all on one attachment, labeled with wood type and quantity.
As long as the color code is clear it does not make a large difference, however
most files black is cut and red is engraving. We do our best to send the best quote that we can but please keep in mind this is an American Kern laser and it runs $84.00/hour plus material cost.
We do have a 45 minute minimum charge.

Submit a DXF or DWG file for a quote to

please reference laser cutting in your subject line.

Please make sure that there is a 1/8" space between the end of the material and the beginning of the drawing on all sides.

If the file has small pieces they need to be tabbed so they do not fall out of the sheeting and we can ensure pieces will not get lost in transit.

Please make sure the files you submit are formatted and scaled exactly how you would like it to be cut.
We do NOT scale or edit files.

This is a sample of the format the format the file should be sent over in

Laser Cutting Format

all files submitted for cutting or quotes are treated as confidential and will not be shared or used for any other purpose.