Allowed LaserCutting Materials

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.

Allowed Materials for : Vector Cutting

  • Plywood / thin wood
  • Acrylic (PMMA)
  • Paper
  • Cardboard / Low density fiberboard
  • Foamcore

Engraving

  • All allowed materials for vector cutting
  • ABS
  • Polystyrene (♲6)
  • Paint / powder coat on other material (speak to lab manager)
  • Glass

Banned Materials

  • 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.