Laser cutters are used to cut, that’s for sure. But you can also engrave with them.
It is obviously impossible to create a 100% complete list of materials which you can and can’t cut/engrave with a co2 laser. The list below is a short list of common materials.
Also be aware that co2 lasers exist in power ranges from 10 watt upto multiple thousands of watts. Guess which one cuts best? The list below is based on the lower wattage lasers in the 40-80W range.
green means you can cut and engrave it
blue means you can only engrave it
red means you can engrave it when coated with a metal marking solution.
acrylic, anodized aluminium, bare metals, brass, ceramic, cloth, coated metals, corian, cork, delrin, fabric, fiberglass, glass, leather, marble, matte board, mdf, melamine, mylar, painted metals, paper, plastic, pressboard, rubber, stainless steel, tile ,titanium ,wood ,wood veneer
What’s that smell?
There are a few materials you certainly don’t want to cut with a laser cutter. Technically they are possible, but they are dangerous.
Some plastics like polycarbonate and pvc-derivates release toxic fumes (hydrochloric acid, etc.) This is not only very bad for your health, but it’s also very corrosive for your machine parts.)
Laser cutting kevlar produces cyanide gas. You like cyanide? I don’t!
Vinyl is a plastic made of polyvinyl chloride . See that underlined word? Case closed!
There are a lot of materials that can safely be cut. Don’t waste your time with cowboy games which may be dangerous to yourself, your machine and your loved ones.
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