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A boutique workshop in London offering quality laser cutting and etching of designs in a range of materials as well as design and development.

We're aimed at designers, film & animation, fashion, artists, marketing & PR, agencies & individuals and some of the brands who we've been entrusted with over the years include John lewis, Design Museum, V&A, BBC, ITV, Microsoft, Jack Daniels, O2, Unilever, Twinings, Holly Fulton, Converse.

  • — Cut and mark a wide variety of materials
  • — Ideal for detailed pieces & single or short runs
  • — Mockups, tests & 2D/flatpack componentry too
  • — 900 x 600mm (36" x 24"), upto 1200dpi
  • — Artworking and Design work services
  • — Brand-aware & discrete
  • — Laser-cutting & marking since 2008

Just want a price? Email your design along with quantities and material specifications to


Laser cutting and laser engraving of woods & laminates, card & paper stock, various plastics, leather, felt, fabrics, and many more things that can burn or melt, as well as the marking of glass, mirror, marble & anodised aluminium.

We can work with you to create or convert your sketches and ideas to a final product or prototype.

  • — Film set items
  • — Item branding
  • — Signage, interior & exterior
  • — Clothing & Fashion
  • — Packaging mockups
  • — Rubber stamp making
  • — Stencil design
  • — Point of sale
  • — Window dressage
  • — Artistic pieces

We leverage nearly 20 years design industry experience to offer a start-to-end service for your project.

If you're not quite sure what you're after — email and check!


Etched painted metal
Multi layer stencils cut out of oiled manila card
Etched leather item
High resolution etched quality card stock
Anodised aluminium ablation (AAA!)
Rear-side etched mirror
Etching branding into oddly-shaped things
Cutting out of printed shapes
Cardboard nets for prototyping or fun
High levels of cut detail in 1.5mm plywood


Laser Etching/Marking

Wood, MDF, Acrylic (eg. Perspex), Leather, Anodised aluminium, Stamping rubber, Card & Paper as well as some items and pre-made pieces.

Laser Cutting

High resolution cuts on plywood (0.8, 1.5, 3 & 6mm) and MDF (2, 3, 4, 6mm) acrylic (upto 8mm), Paper & Card, Leather & fabrics (including latex) Stencilling Materials.

If you don't see what you're wanting on the list here — please enquire and we'll give you a swift answer.

Cut metal or work with vinyl-based materials such as PVC or leatherette.
Mark or etch into high-value items like laptops or very expensive Louis Vuitton luggage (!)

We DO:
Try things that we might not have tried before, as long as we don't think they'll destroy the machine or kill us.


Prices are complex things in our line — on the one hand, we discount for more time on the machine, on the other we often have to work to convert files or develop a client's ideas ...and then there are material considerations.

Put really simply — you can drop us a line, outlining what you're interested in (designs, materials, quantities), and we'll try to get back to you within a day with a quotation or some questions.

Minimum job charge: £25

Machine time

Machine costs start at £1 per minute for cutting and engraving, with discounts up to 75%, based upon job size, with day and week rates available too.

Design & labour

We offer varying rates depending upon the type of work required.

Up to £25 per hour for design development & artworking.

£12.50 per hour for manual detailing or preparation of pieces and works.




Send enquiries, along with files and any material & quantity specifications to:

Filetypes for completed designs:
Laser-cut: Adobe Illustrator, EPS, Vector PDF, CAD*
Laser-etch: High res bitmaps including PSD, BMP, JPG, TIFF etc.
Laser cutting & Etching is best done with Adobe Illustrator/EPS or CAD

Click here to download a basic size template for Adobe illustrator.
* Please save DWG files (etc) in a 2010 format, bound by a 900x600mm rectangle.

Otherwise, for sketches etc:
JPG or a camera phone pic will suffice

We do not cut metal

New River Studios,
199e Eade Road,
N4 1DN

Visits by appointment only
Weekdays 10am >

We're based in Haringey, just a nip away from Islington, Hackney, Central. Nearest Tube is Manor House, on the Piccadilly Line.

07415 800 940