Laser cutting and laser engraving of wood

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For plywood, MDF, balsa wood and many other types of wood

MetaQuip lasers are ideal for laser cutting and laser engraving of wood. For example, toys, decorative items, artistic arrangements, souvenirs, Christmas decorations, gifts, architectural models and wooden inlays.

Wood types suitable for laser cutting and laser engraving

  • Veneer wood Solid wood
  • Balsa wood Beech wood
  • Alder wood Fine wood
  • Cedar wood Real wood
  • MDF
  • Solid lumber
  • Natural wood

How does laser cutting and laser engraving work of wood?

The laser cutting and engraving of wood has a very high processing speed. Smooth edges are hereby guaranteed. Wood cutting lasers from MetaQuip produce smooth cuts and precise edges, even if very complex objects and sizes need to be machined. Time-consuming and difficult cleaning processes are no longer necessary because no chips are produced when laser cutting or engraving wood.

How can wood be cut or engraved with a laser?

When cutting and engraving wood with the laser, personalization and individualization are of great importance: text or lines are applied to photo frames, photographs or even logos. With a result of a detailed laser result. Hot stamping using molds can not produce such an accurate result. Nor can the motive be changed immediately with this method. By using the laser, the user can benefit from extreme flexibility and high quality refinement of wood.

Does wood burn during laser cutting?

In the cutting play of the material, the laser will produce a temperature rise that is higher than the sublimation temperature of the wood. The "sudden vapor" or sublimation means that the wood is visible in the form of vapor that escapes at a rapid rate. This vapor also transports the generated heat away from the wood. Thus, there is relatively low thermal load on the material near the cutting clearance. Fine quality cuts can be produced by accurate focusing and selecting suitable optics and by providing compressed air. The brown cutting edges can often be effectively used in the design.

Can any kind of wood be cut or engraved with the laser?

Because wood is a natural material, the laser user must observe different characteristics, such as the density and the resin of the wood. Soft woods, such as balsa wood, require a lower laser power and can be cut at a higher speed. Hard wood, as an example of dense woods, requires a higher laser power. When working with MDF, which consists of glued wood fibers, we use compressed air.

Do I have to attach the material to the work surface?

No. The laser exerts no pressure on the wood during the process; clamping or any other form of fastening is therefore not necessary. You only need to enter the workpiece and start the laser process. This saves time and money during the preparation of the material. In contrast to the milling of wood, the boards must be clamped in position and often also fixed by means of a vacuum.

Suitable laser machines

For cutting wood, leather, and a large number of plastics, you have one CO2 laser machine required. Important things to keep in mind are: what is the maximum size of the object that I want to cut out, that determines the size of your worktop and what is the maximum thickness that has to be cut that determines the laser power you need.

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Laser cutting and laser engraving of wood was last modified: January 5th, 2019 by Coen Lauwerijssen