Lasercutters are not like a typical heat or blade-based cutting tool. They emit a high-power beam of light, but in order to cut a material, this light must be absorbed by the material and converted to heat energy, without burning the material/producing harmful fumes. The physics behind this are obviously really complicated, but to generalize, there are only a few different types of materials that our lasers can cut. They can engrave a few more types, but this list is also limited. If your material isn’t on this list, chances are we can’t cut it. A good alternative to getting your part laser cut is to get it milled on our CNC Router.
- Plywood / thin wood
- Acrylic (PMMA)
- Cardboard / Low density fiberboard
- Anything not on the approved list (this includes “Mystery Materials”)
- Metal of any type
- Lexan / Polycarbonate (produces toxic gas)
- PVC / vinyl (records) (produces toxic gas)
- FR-4 Fiberglass, Carbon Fiber
Not sure if your material is Polycarbonate or Acrylic? Here are a few simple ways to check.