Materials for laser cutting or engraving

Our laser machines offer you extensive possibilities for laser cutting and engraving of different materials. From plexiglass to MDF, from metal to glass. There are also a number of materials that you can not machine with a laser machine. Here you will find a complete overview of different materials that we often encounter.

Are you sure that your material can be processed with a laser?

Do you work with a specific material and do you want to know whether this can also be processed on our laser machines? Then you can send us a sample of the material. We will then test free of charge for you whether the processing of your material is possible. If necessary, we adjust the settings of our laser machines so that you can work with them.

Materials that can not be processed with a laser

  • Leather and artificial leather that contains chrome (VI)
  • Carbon fibers (Carbon)
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Polyvinyl butyral (PVB)
  • Polytetrafluoroethylenes (PTFE / Teflon)
  • Beryllium oxide
  • All materials containing halogens (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine and astatine), epoxy or phenolic resins
Attention with the following materials is required:
  • Manganese
  • Chromium
  • Nickel
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Lead

Note with the addition "flame retardant"

Be especially careful when processing "flame-retardant" materials, because they often contain bromine. For fire retardant materials, it is best to ask the manufacturer for the exact ingredients.

Why are these materials unsuitable for laser engraving and cutting?

If the above materials are laser-engraved or laser-cut, dust and / or gases can be produced that endanger the laser user or the functionality of the laser machine. We therefore advise against the use of these materials.

Full bill of materials

Here is an overview of suitable materials for laser cutting or engraving.++ Suitable laser editing - ! Limited suitable - X Not suitable for laser processing

Material

Laser cutting

Laser engraving

Plastics

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Metal

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Felt and foam

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Glass and mirrors

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Wood, MDF, plywood

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Cardboard and hardboard

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Ceramics and porcelain

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Cork

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Learn

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Natural stone, granite and marble

X

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Paper

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Textile

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Trespa

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Plastics

Material

Laser cutting

Laser engraving

Acrylics, Plexiglas, PMMASimilar products Acrylic glass, Acrytuf®, Altuglas®, Astralon®, Casocryl®, Degalan®, Deglas®, Dunova®, Friacryl®, Hesa-Glass®, Limacryl®, Lucite®, Lucryl®, Paraglas®, Perspex®, Plexiglas®, Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), Primal®, Resarit®

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AramidSimilar products are Aramide, Aramid fiber, Aramid tissue, Nomex®, Kevlar®, Teijinconex®, Twaron®, PTPA, Aromatic polyamide, Aramid fiber type, Aramid panels.

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PETG, VIVAK

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Polyamide (PA)Similar products are Dederon®, Grilon®, Nylon, Perlon®, Akulon®, Timbrelle®, Rilsan®, Ultramid®, Durethan®, Trogamid T®, Vestamid®, Stanyl®, Ertalon®, Ripstop Nylon.

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Polycarbonate, Makrolon, LexaneSimilar products Anjacom®, Anjaflam®, Anjalon®, Axxis®, Decarglass, Durolon®, Latilon®, Lexan®, Makrofol®, Makrolon®, Polycarbonate, Xantar®

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PolyesterSimilar products Fleece®, PES, Polarguard®, Polyester, Thermolite®, Trevira®.

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Polyethylene, Hostalen, Vestolen, LupolenSimilar products are PE, Polythylen, Polyethen, Alathon®, Dyneema®, Hostalen®, Lupolen®, Polythen®, Spectra®, Trolen®, Vestolen®, Luflexen®, Baylon®.

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Polyimide, KaptonComparable products Polyimide, PI, Kapton®, Norton® TH polyimide film.

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Polyoxymethylene, POMComparable products Polyaceta, Polyformaldehyde, Ultraform®, Delrin®, Hostaform®, Ertacetal®.

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PolypropyleneSimilar products PP, Inspire®, Nepol®, Xmod®, Bicor®, Hicor®, Vestolen P®, Polyfill®, Topilene®, Eltex®, Sequel®, Ontex®, Tatren®, Novolen®, Profax®.

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PURSimilar products are Cellasto®, Elastocoat®, Elastoflex®, Elastofoam®, Elastopal®, Elastopal®, Elastopan®, Elastopor®, Lupranol®, Baydur®, Bayfill®, Bayflex®, Baylit®, Baymer®, Baytherm®, Desmodur®

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Styrene acrylonitrile, SANSimilar products are SAN, Luran®, Tyril®, Kostil®, Vestyron®, Lustran®.

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PolystyreneComparable products Polystyrene, PS, Hostyren®, Vestyron®, Styropor®, Hostapor®, Vestypor®.

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Metal

Making engravings is possible with the MetaQuip Fiber laser or with the CO2 machines, where Cermark spray is needed for a visible marking.

Material

Laser cutting

Laser engraving

Aluminum

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Precious metalsPlatinum, Gold, Silver, Rhodium, Osmium, Palladium, Iridium, Ruthenium

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Iron, Copper, Nickel and Zinc

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AlloysAlpaca, Bronze, Constantan, Invar, Manganese steel, Brass

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Steel and stainless steel

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Materials for laser cutting or engraving was last modified: January 5th, 2019 by Coen Lauwerijssen