Laser Materials List

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Material Cut? Etch? Mark? Notes
ABS Plastic
BANNED
BANNED
BANNED
see above
Acrylic (Plexiglass) Yes Yes Yes for cutting 2mm (300 speed, 100 power, corner 50)
Basswood 3/16" Yes Yes Yes cut 30, corner 20, speed 120
Ceramic No
Yes
Yes
Cloth
Yes
Yes
No

Chipboard
Yes
Yes
Yes
for cutting 1-ply (120 speed, 100 power, corner 50) for scoring 1-ply (160 speed, 30 power, 20 corner)
Delrin Yes
Yes
Yes

Glass No
Yes
Yes

Leather Yes
Yes
Yes

Human flesh BANNED
BANNED
BANNED
(yes, this has come up )
Marble No
Yes
Yes

Matte Board Yes
Yes
Yes

MDF Yes
Yes
Yes
Speed 10, Power 100, Corner Power 50 to cut 1/4" material
Melamine Yes
Yes
Yes

Model Foam
Yes
Yes
Maybe
(expanded polystyrene)
Mylar
Yes
Yes
No

Metals
Yes
Yes
Yes
Very thin (>0.02 inch) steel can be cut at speed 1-2, power 100, 40 psi shop air assist
Metals - Painted
Yes
Yes
Yes
See Metals.
Nitrile (NBR)
BANNED BANNED BANNED see above
Particle board
BANNED
BANNED
BANNED
see above
Paper
Yes
Yes
No
Speed 400, Power 30, Corner Power 16 to cut bristol board with high resolution (small kerf)

Speed 200, Power 30, Corner Power 16 to cut bristol board with low resolution-across long edges

Plywood
Yes
Yes
Yes
We've even recently had success with 3/4" birch plywood at speed 2.5, power 100, 20 PSI. though better luck might be had with lower power, higher speed, and several passes.
Polycarbonate (Lexan, Plexi, etc.)
BANNED
BANNED
BANNED
see above
Polystyrene sheet Yes Yes No Also known as Styrene, and used in the Vacuum Former. The 0.03" sheets cut easily at speed 50, power 100, corner power 60.
PTFE (Teflon)
BANNED
BANNED
BANNED
see above
PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
BANNED
BANNED
BANNED
see above
Rubber (non-chlorine containing)
Yes
Yes
No

Tile
No
Yes
Yes

Vinyl or PVC of any kind
BANNED
BANNED
BANNED
see above
Wood, veneer
Yes
Yes
Yes

Wood, natural
Yes
Yes
Yes

Wood, Plywood, Birch - 1/8" thick
Yes
Yes
Yes
Cut - 40 (First pass, minimal char, some stray strands.)