Laserable materials reference

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Materials Reference

YES
YES... BUT...
Maybe Please Ask
Oh Dear God NO!
Unknown
Material Family Material Can you cut it? Comments and Guidance
Woody Things Natural Wood YES Be careful of fire.
Commercial DIY Plywood NO Commercial Plywood uses adhesives which generate toxic fumes when cut.
Laser Grade Plywood YES "Laser ply" has a safe adhesive.
Commercial DIY MDF NO Commercial MDF uses adhesives which generate toxic fumes when cut.
Laser Grade MDF YES Laser safe MDF has a non toxic adhesive.
Cork YES
Plasticy Things Acrylic / Perspex(TM) YES
PVC / Vinyl NO Cutting generates toxic and highly corrosive Chlorine fumes.
Silicone Rubber Maybe Consult one of the Trainer / Maintainer Team
White Delrin / Acetal Copolymer YES - BUT... Cut with great care. Make sure Extraction filters running well. Don't open lid too quickly. Check for fumes and fire.
Black Delrin / Acetal Copolymer NO Black Delrin contains carbon black which can be toxic.
Teflon / PTFE NO Cutting PTFE can generate Fluorine Gas which is extremely toxic and dangerous.
Nylon Maybe Consult one of the Trainer / Maintainer Team
Polythene / Polyethylene Maybe Consult one of the Trainer / Maintainer Team
Polyethylene Foam YES Fire risk.
Lexan / Polycarbonate Maybe Consult one of the Trainer / Maintainer Team
Polypropylene YES - BUT... Yes it can be cut... just. You 'MUST clean the bed. It will cut up to about 2mm. It's not a great quality cut, but just about doable. Fire risk.
GPPS / Polystyrene / HIPS in thin solid sheet form Maybe Maybe - Consult one of the Trainer / Maintainer Team
Papery Things Card/Paper YES Be careful of fire. For light weight paper speak to the Trainer / Maintainer Team about disabling the puffer system to stop cut parts being blown around.
Corrugated Cardboard YES Be careful of fire.
Tissue Paper YES - BUT... Yes if you are super super really careful! Be REALLY careful of fire! Have emergency procedure in place before you start. Speak to the Trainer / Maintainer Team about disabling the puffer system to stop cut parts being blown around.
Metally things Any Metal NO CO2 Lasers are the wrong type of Laser to cut metal. Under no circumstances try to cut metal.
Engraving Metal Maybe Consult one of the Trainer / Maintainer Team. Metal surfaces can be engraved with a paint application. LMM6000 CerMark or Thermark has been tested and is suggested for use, but it is very expensive. The Trainer / Maintainer Team suggest a speed of 800 and maximum power.
Exotic things and Other Materials Fibre glass NO Unknown resin, glass particles. Safety Risk
Carbon Fibre NO Unknown resin, may contain carbon black which can be toxic.. Safety Risk
Kevlar Composite NO Unknown resin which may be toxic.. Safety Risk
Slate YES Cannot be cut but Slate is engravable for good effect.
Mother of Pearl YES
Horn Unknown Please consult the Trainer / Maintainer Team before trying.
Felt Unknown Please consult the Trainer / Maintainer Team before trying
Natural Fabrics and materials YES Jeans, cotton, silk, etc. are ok Fire Risk. for very light materials may need to disable puffer. Please consult the Trainer / Maintainer Team
Synthetic Fabrics and materials Maybe - Please consult the Trainer / Maintainer Team before trying. Nylon, dacron, ..etc. Check material type and refer to material in Plasticy Things section above.

Cut settings reference

Note: full cut power is achieved at 65% power. Any more just increases the laser current and reduces the tube life without increasing the cut speed or depth.

Material Cut Speed Straight Cut Power Corner Cut Power Spacing
3mm Acrylic 12 65 65
5mm Acrylic 12 65 65
Acrylic shallow cut 30 50 50
Etching acrylic 400 50 --- 0.05
3mm Birch Ply 12 65 65
5mm Birch Ply ?? ?? ??
3mm Laser MDF ?? ?? ??
5mm Laser MDF ?? ?? ??


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