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Laser Cutter Awesomeness Ingredients!

Behaviour Description
Cut Mode=Cut in software, will pierce material
Etch Mode=Cut in software, will mark material
Raster Mode=Etch in software, will mark material

This is fairly outdated and shouldn't be taken as gospel, but it is a good starting point.

Banned Materials

Material Reason
Wet or 'raw' wood Clogs up filter BADLY
MDF, HDF, Ply, and reconstructed wood Clogs up filter BADLY
Coroplast Clogs up filter BADLY
Lexan/Polycarbonate Dense black smoke and toxic fumes - bisphenol a (BPA), phenol, and more
ABS Dense black smoke and toxic fumes - cyanide and styrene gases
PVC, Vynyl Toxic and corrosive fumes - chlorine gas
Foam core Dense black smoke and toxic fumes - styrene gas (carcinogenic, toxic to the nervous system and upper respiratory tract; classified as “very toxic”)
Delrin Toxic fumes - formaldehyde
Moleskine notebook covers Toxic fumes - chlorine - See Polymer burnination link at bottom

Approved and Successful Material Settings

* = Please avoid the use of woods with any water, sap, or a high proportion of glue. We're re-evaluating their use due to severely and VERY quickly clogging the filtration system and substantial residue being left on the laser cutter.

Material Mode Speed Power Corner Power Passes Notes
Card Stock Etch 35 10 10 1 N/A
Card Stock Cut 35 35 25 1 N/A
Card Stock Raster ??? ??? ??? 1 N/A
Heavy paper Cut 200 20 20 1 Worked barely; long straight cuts needed multiple passes, and a few corners were missed. Use lower speed
Picture Matting Cut 40 50 40 1 N/A
Acrylic - 1/4” Cut 7 55 55 1 N/A
Acrylic - 1/16” Cut 7 100 100 1 N/A
Acrylic - 1/16” Cut 55 100 100 1 This will etch fast without cutting
Acrylic - 1/16” Cut 25 25 25 1 This will etch fast without cutting (same as the 55x100x100 better on coners)
Leather Cut 50 35 100 1 Leather from Dressew scrap bin (Paul)
Polypropylene (0.75mm) Cut 30 50 45 1 From Yoko-yaya, ideal for painting stencils (John)
Plywood 1/4” Birch Cut 40 50 45 2 From Home Depot ~$50 for 8'x4'
Plywood 1/8” Birch Cut 16 55 55 1 From Windsor Plywood ~$17 for 5'x5'
Plywood 1/8” Birch Engrave 80 28 28 1 Deep etching, excellent for countersinking screw holes
Plywood 4.2mm FSC Virola Cut 40 50 45 2 From Home Depot ~$20 for 8'x4' SKU 1000-125618 (Tom)
Plywood 1/4” Flooring underlay Cut 7 80 75 1 From Home Depot ~$9 for 4'x4' (John)
EVA Foam (very thin, < ~4mm) Cut ??? ??? ??? 1 Michaels
EVA Foam (thin, ~1/4”) Cut ??? ??? ??? 1 Bought online, could not find locally
EVA Foam (thick, 1/2” floor mats) Cut ??? ??? ??? 1 Canadian Tire, Home Depot, etc.

Failed Settings

Material Mode Speed Power Corner Power Passes Notes
Acrylic - 1/16” Cut 25 15 15 1 Trying to etch with the cut setting. The outline is visible but not great.

FURTHER INFORMATION

tool/laser_cutter/settings.txt · Last modified: 2014/07/11 21:07 by butters