About Vector Etch

Vector Etch offers custom laser cutting and engraving, based on your vector file or choose from our range of shapes.

We specialise in making high quality, sparkly things and typically work with jewellery makers and designers.

Our services, combined with our selection of supplies, provides a one-stop-shop for makers and designers to create designs in a range outcomes. We operate out of a private studio on the south side of Brisbane, Australia.

We also sell all of our laserable materials over at My Little Acrylic Shop.

Our Services

  • Free, no obligation quotes
  • High quality laser cutting and laser engraving
  • Custom lasering based on your laser ready vector files
  • Online catalogue for made to order shapes, with hundreds of designs to choose from
  • One-stop-shop for jewellery supplies (jewellery components, glue, etc)
  • World wide postage and local pick up
  • Materials for sale via My Little Acrylic Shop.

Our Studio and Business Hours

  • Order collection hours:

     

    Monday – Thursday:

    8:30am – 3:30pm

    Friday:

    8:30am – 1:00pm

     

    Please note, we are an online service and do not have a sales counter at our studio, nor is it attended too for enquiries.

  • Street Address: 241H 49 Station Road, Yeerongpilly, QLD 4105.
  • Parking: There is a car park at the front of the studio and street parking available along Station Road and Wilkie Street.

Closing times:

  • We close for all Queensland public holidays.
  • Cut off date for orders around the festive season is typically the first week of December.

Our Machines

Our laser machines are vital tools to Vector Etch and we love them dearly. Our laser machines are Trotec brand, designed and made in Austria. Trotec are leaders worldwide in the laser machines industry; they set a high benchmark for fine and precise details, all in the quickest time possible. In our experience, they have proven to have excellent customer service too; we have never gone a day without a fully operating machine. Once in our busiest period our laser tube died (it ran out of pew’s!) and we had a replacement machine (the same model) delivered on loan to us from Trotec on the same day!

We have a Trotec Speedy 100 and a Trotec Speedy 360. The 100 model is our smaller laser machine (bed size up to 600mm x 300mm) – it can be more suitable for fine detail engraving. The 360 is our larger, more powerful laser – it is well suited for high volume, precise laser cutting. We commonly refer to them as the mumma and bub lasers.

Our Story and Background

Vector Etch was first established in 2014 by Andy Holloway to create laser cut jewellery. Since then, Vector Etch has grown to a small team, and offers custom laser cutting for jewellery makers, crafters and designers. All of our services are carried out in our studio in Yeerongpilly, and we are thrilled to share our resources with others to assists them to produce laser cut and engraved pieces.

More recently, we’ve been working towards creating online content (such as expanding our design range and tutorials for all aspects related to lasering) to share some of the things that we have learnt. We love helping and seeing people create custom pieces from their own designs! All of the staff here are makers too in their own way, typically creating laser cut pieces from their own designs – it’s what we do and what we love!

Meet the Team

Andy

Andy is the founder of Vector Etch and typically spends his days assisting with management, emails, and adding to our growing range of 300+ laserable materials. It’s his hard work that makes sure that customers get their orders as soon as possible, and in the best quality as possible.

Outside of work, he loves patting kittens, playing video games and the occasional handstand/tumble/slack-line walk. Her recently started a side-hustle called Positive Flow, where he creates laser-cut LED lights and puzzles.

Alex

Alex Lawton is a multi-talented designer. She loves finding the most efficient and creative ways to laser cut! As a maker herself, she creates brooches, earrings and hands-on workshops over at Lazer Unicorn and online design courses at Lazer Design School. She also runs workshops and events in Brisbane; The Monday (specialty coffee appreciation) and Creative Mornings/Brisbane.

Find her on Instagram and Facebook.

Charlotte

Charlotte is our friendly email receptionist and marketing assistant, who also creates some design content and creates new shapes for our range. If you send an email to us, such as a quote or general enquiry, Charlotte will most regularly be the first one to read, and likely reply (or delegate to the appropriate colleague to assist you best). Charlotte is currently a student at QUT studying Interactive and Visual Design with a second major in Fashion Communication. On the weekends, she does some freelance digital art, goes to local gigs and hangs out with her two cats. Charlotte is a very talented illustrator.

View her work via Instagram.

Ruby

When we first met Ruby and her social account name was ‘Ruby Sparks’, we knew she was destined to be part of our sparkly team. Ruby is our afternoon laser machine operator/master/magician. She spends each day processing jobs after jobs through the lasers, which she is very, very good at. Ruby came to use from a background working with fine body jewellery, which taught her a meticulous attention detail (so good it catches us off-guard sometimes!). When she’s not working with lasers, Ruby fosters animals, enjoys exploring outdoors (nature and abandoned buildings), and enjoys adding to her tattoo collection.

Find her on Instagram to see her artwork.

Charlee

Charlee is our early morning laser machine operator/master/magician. She spends each morning processing jobs through the laser machines with ease and an exceptional attention to detail. Charlee also assist in QC and shipping orders. Charlee has a strong creative background and enjoys making macramé, drawing, playing guitar and creating new acrylic pieces. We’ve found Charlee to be a very fast learner and a delightfully enthusiastic person to have around the studio.

Find her on Instagram to browse her lovely collection of laser-cut jewellery.

Casey

Casey is our all-round-studio-assistant; she does a variety of ‘small’ jobs around the studio, which make a BIG difference to how our days operate. Throughout the week she also jumps on running the laser machines and expresses great enthusiasm in doing so (Casey plays a lot of video games in her spare time, so we wonder if there could be a like-ness here?). Casey loves ALL animals (yes, all of them) and has a big pile of creative hobbies including (and not limited to): baking, pixel art, plush toy and costume making.

Molly

Molly is our laser-cutting assistant, who works alongside Ruby and Charlee to keep things working smoothly, whilst also helping out with other small studio tasks wherever is needed. They are a non-binary and queer creative, who outside of VE works mainly with analog film photography and collages. They also have a huge interest in occult knowledge with a focus on tarot, oracle and astrology.

View their beautiful art via Instagram

Vector Etch Wall of Fame

Ella

Ella made the choice to give up her role and portion of the company mid-way through 2020, so that she could rekindle her passion for art and pursue a new chapter of her life.

Ella Mobbs established herself within the art and crafts community with her label, Creep Heart from 2014.

Having had great success selling her own laser cut jewellery all over the world, Ella found joy working for Vector Etch to create designs for laser cut and engraved products. Ella created design content for our website and assisted with our shapes range. She posts her personal artwork and acrylic pieces on Instagram under Creep Heart and Memory and I so stay tuned to follow her creative journey. Outside of the studio, Ella is a yoga and aerial hoop enthusiast.

Gabrielle

Gabrielle wrapped up her time with Vector Etch in August, 2019, in pursuit of full-time creative work. We are huge fans of Gabrielle and highly encourage you (the reader) seek her out for freelance work!

Gabrielle did customer emails and quotes, as well as assisting around the studio in any way her colleagues need a hand. Gabrielle studied a Bachelor of Design at QUT. She enjoys making laser cut mural art Such as what you can see on her Instagram here). Fun fact: she regularly practices taekwondo and has a black belt!

Find her on Instagram to see her artwork.

Shauna

At the end of 2018, Shauna made a big move with her family and now resides in Fukuoka, Japan. We stalk her on Instagram to keep up with her sensational creative work and collectively feel that she is destined for big things!

It was bitter sweet to see her move, but we are grateful and humbled for the time and hard work she put into Vector Etch. Shauna worked at Vector Etch February 2018 to December 2018.

Shauna was the Vector Etch laser machine operator/master/magician. She spent her days in the studio picking out and prepping all of the wonderful materials that we cut for clients, and processed jobs to cut and engrave through the lasers. 2018 was a big year for Shauna; she completed a graphic design course at Shillington, clocked over 1600 hours on the laser cutter, started her brand Bad Geisha, and ALWAYS inspired the team here to be more creative.

Watch her creative journey via Instagram.

Amanda

Amanda moved on from her position with us in 2019 to focus on her university studies and find a role more relevant to her passion for Industrial Design.

Amanda worked with us a few days a week and assisted around the studio in any way that may help her colleagues (typically setting up shop orders). Amanda is currently studying Industrial Design at QUT. She loves creative outlets like playing guitar, sketching and prototyping 3D objects. Fun fact: Amanda worked in Shanghai for a few months as interior and graphic designer! It was here that her love for travel grew exponentially.

Follow Vector Etch on Instagram (@vectoretch) to see more about us, our studio and behind the scenes stories.
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