Due to the current rotating strike for Canada Post employees, all orders placed with Canada post shipping in the last 2 days will experience a slight delay. To help alleviate this issue, any orders over $99.00 which currently ship with Canada Post will automatically be switched to UPS to avoid these delays even if you select Canada Post at checkout.

To make sure that your package arrives on time with no delays, we recommend selecting our Purolator or UPS shipping options and we will do our best to make sure your packages arrive in a timely manner!

Server Issue Update

EDIT: Our wizards were successful and everything should be displaying properly now!

Hi everyone, we’ve noticed that our website is having trouble with displaying images. We have our IT wizards working on it right now and should be back up and running like normal shortly!

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at sales@solarbotics.com or call us at 1-866-276-2687.

Project: Switching Beds for a Better Cut

We laser lots of wood and acrylic… like seriously, it’s hundreds if not thousands of sheets per year. This volume of throughput tends to cause the lasers to build up a lot of gunk and debris that needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Besides being safer, it reduces the “flash” marks which are little black marks on the bottom of the material where the laser has burned through the material and reflected off the support table back to the underside of what was being cut.

Selecting the best surface used to support your lasered material comes down to a few options to which you need to ask:

  1. Is my project super heavy, or do I not care about table damage, scorching and just want a flat worksurface surface? (Use a flat metal tabletop)
  2. Are my parts small or risk being lost after being cut? (Use honeycomb)
  3. Do I want to minimize flash marks on my part? (Use slat)
  4. Am I doing the same thing over and over again and want best performance? (Use custom pin-table)

We’ve used all four methods at Solarbotics (five, if you include the rotary attachment for engraving …pop bottles), with the honeycomb being the often used solution, but after our last laser cleanup, we’ve revisited the slat system.

Our latest designs are larger and better tabbed so they stay together. The slat system is ideal for these jobs, with its better managing of debris build-up, and vastly reduced flashing. Less support material below the cut means there’s less to get in the way. For comparison, this is what a traditional honeycomb table looks like after a few months of cutting MDF (ug!). Look at that old and crufty thing… and the honeycomb too.

Now take a look at our new cleaned and re-slatted table! It’s almost too clean…

As nice as it is, this bed of slats has no indexable edge for us to register our material against. Finding a common origin point on the bed crucial in production, so we used the laser to create our own registration edge!

Using the laser to laser parts for the laser… for better lasering…

Here are the results:

With this in place, we’re ready for even higher quality laser cutting.


That’s it. We’ve had enough. The weather is just too darn nice outside. So nice, in fact, that we quit. That’s right, when Monday rolls around no one is even going to bother coming into the office. You heard us – we’ll be closed on Monday, August the 6th. Go ahead and email and leave phone messages and place orders. We won’t even be here. We’ll be out there, where it’s nice and sunny and warm. Bam. That’s it. We’re done. No more Solarbotics.

Wait, what’s that? You say that August the 6th is “Heritage Day”? Which happens to be a provincial holiday, no less? Uh, okay. In that case, we’ll probably get our warm and sunny outdoor fix in the form of a long weekend. That’s probably enough time off that we’ll feel like un-quitting, so I guess we’ll even be back to work on Tuesday. Have a good long temporary-quitting weekend, everyone!


GroovyNoodle wire. Some is good; LOTS is better.

We absolutely love our GroovyNoodle wire, with its super flexibility and silicone-jacket insulation in 7.5M “casual use” spools. For more ambitious projects that need more length, we now have our (780) 797-0674

It’s more of our favorite 24AWG wire with a whopping 40 strands of 0.08mm tin-plated wire, UL3131 rated for 300V and 150°C, available either as individual spools or a color assortment 8-pack! (Sorry, not in the same style box as the small spools – it’s too cumbersome)

              (907) 258-7858       (661) 491-6613

snow mold

We are closed on Monday, July 2nd in lieu of Canada Day this Sunday (July 1st)! We will be back in business July 3rd. Also, to all our US customers: shipping will be delayed on July 4th.