This is a list of materials from the laser-cutter supplier… most of which we’ve never actually tried… we mainly work with wood, acrylic and stainless-steel. We’re happy to give any of these a trial-run for free though.
Some things work better than others – Polypropylene for example is cuttable, but you get a better outcome using a different type of machine. If your material isn’t ideal for laser-cutting, we can offer advise as to who can do the work for you.
Acrylic works best – we can either supply at cost (or use offcuts we might have lying about), or give you contact details of potential suppliers if we don’t have what you need.
As with all things, it’s probably a good idea to have a small piece of the material to experiment with first.
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|Polyethylene terephthalate (PET)||✔||✔||✔|
|Polyoxymethylene (POM) -i.e. Delrin||✔||✔||✔|
|Polyphenylene sulfide (PPS)||✔||✔||✔|
Wood, fabric, etc
Particle-boards like MDF or hardboard work really well. Swamp Kauri works really well… Rimu, Plywood etc… really difficult. If you’re after a wood-type finish, Rimu-veneered MDF works really well.
As with all things… experiment 🙂 – if we haven’t actually tried it ourselves yet, we’d be quite happy to give it a go for free.
Although we work with stainless steel and brass quite a lot, we outsource the cutting of these to companies that are set up with gazilla-watt machines, or water-jet cutters. We can do Cermark engraving (black lines on the metal – like lines on a ruler), or experiment with direct marking.
|Metal foils up to 0.5mm||✔||✔||✔|