The metal plate on a Hori EX-SE

Can anyone tell me what kind of metal and how thick it is? I’m interested in getting or making a hitbox-style plate. My buddy has a cutting laser, but I don’t know if it’s beefy enough to do the job…I need to tell him exactly what I need cut, so he can let me know. Thanks!

[S]18 gauge[/S] steel. Try getting in contact with this guy.

Edit: Actually it is 16 gauge steel.