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tool:laser_cutter:settings [2013/11/22 21:02]
jarrett
tool:laser_cutter:settings [2014/07/11 21:07] (current)
butters
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 | Etch      | Mode=Cut in software, will mark material ​  | | Etch      | Mode=Cut in software, will mark material ​  |
 | Raster ​   | Mode=Etch in software, will mark material ​ | | Raster ​   | Mode=Etch in software, will mark material ​ |
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 +This is fairly outdated and shouldn'​t be taken as gospel, but it is a good starting point.
  
  
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 ^ Material ^ Reason ^ ^ Material ^ Reason ^
 | Wet or '​raw'​ wood             | Clogs up filter BADLY | | Wet or '​raw'​ wood             | Clogs up filter BADLY |
-| MDF, Ply, and reconstructed wood  | Clogs up filter BADLY |+| MDF, HDF, Ply, and reconstructed wood  | Clogs up filter BADLY |
 | Coroplast ​                    | Clogs up filter BADLY | | Coroplast ​                    | Clogs up filter BADLY |
 | Lexan/​Polycarbonate | Dense black smoke and toxic fumes - bisphenol a (BPA), phenol, and more | | 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 | | ABS | Dense black smoke and toxic fumes - cyanide and styrene gases |
 | PVC, Vynyl    | Toxic and corrosive fumes - chlorine gas | | 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") |+| 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 | | Delrin | Toxic fumes - formaldehyde |
 +| Moleskine notebook covers | Toxic fumes - chlorine - See Polymer burnination link at bottom|
  
 ===== Approved and Successful Material Settings ===== ===== Approved and Successful Material Settings =====
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 | Heavy paper | Cut | 200 | 20 | 20 | 1 | Worked barely; long straight cuts needed multiple passes, and a few corners were missed. Use lower speed | | 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   | | Picture Matting | Cut | 40 | 50 | 40 | 1 | N/A   |
-| Acrylic - 1/4" | Cut | 7 | 55 | 55 | 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 | 7 | 100 | 100 | 1 | N/A   | 
-| Acrylic - 1/16" | Cut | 55 | 100 | 100 | 1 | This will etch fast without cutting | +| 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) | +| Acrylic - 1/16" | Cut | 25 | 25 | 25 | 1 | This will etch fast without cutting (same as the 55x100x100 better on coners) |
-| * Wood (Hardboard 1/​8&​quot;​) | Etch | 200 | 15 | 15 | 1 | N/A   | +
-| * Wood (Hardboard 1/​8&​quot;​) | Cut | 7 | 100 | 100 | 1 | N/A   | +
-| * Wood (Hardboard 1/​8&​quot;​) | Cut | 10 | 100 | 100 | 1 | This worked but just barely. I would suggest using 7 speed instead. | +
-| * Wood (Hardboard 1/​8&​quot;​) | Cut | 40 | 100 | 100 | 1 | This will etch fast without cutting. | +
-| * Wood (Hardboard 1/​8&​quot;​) | Cut | 4.2 | 80 | 80 | 1 | Works Well (Loial) Extra Note: Some flames while cutting, nothing lasting past the cut location | +
-| * Wood (Hardboard 1/​8&​quot;​) | Cut | 80 | 20 | 20 | 1 | Fast Etch (Loial) |+
 | Leather | Cut | 50 | 35 | 100 | 1 | Leather from Dressew scrap bin (Paul) | | 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) | | Polypropylene (0.75mm) | Cut | 30 | 50 | 45 | 1 | From Yoko-yaya, ideal for painting stencils (John) |
-| Plywood 1/4&​quot; ​Birch | Cut | 40 | 50 | 45 | 2 | From Home Depot ~$50 for 8'​x4'​ |+| 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 4.2mm FSC Virola | Cut | 40 | 50 | 45 | 2 | From Home Depot ~$20 for 8'​x4'​ SKU 1000-125618 (Tom)|
-| Plywood 1/4&​quot; ​Flooring underlay | Cut | 7 | 80 | 75 | 1 | From Home Depot ~$9 for 4'​x4'​ (John)|+| 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 (very thin, < ~4mm) | Cut | ??? | ??? | ??? | 1 | Michaels |
-| EVA Foam (thin, ~1/4") | Cut | ??? | ??? | ??? | 1 | Bought online, could not find locally | +| EVA Foam (thin, ~1/4") | Cut | ??? | ??? | ??? | 1 | Bought online, could not find locally | 
-| EVA Foam (thick, 1/2&​quot; ​floor mats) | Cut | ??? | ??? | ??? | 1 | Canadian Tire, Home Depot, etc. |+| EVA Foam (thick, 1/2" ​floor mats) | Cut | ??? | ??? | ??? | 1 | Canadian Tire, Home Depot, etc. |
  
  
 ===== Failed Settings ===== ===== Failed Settings =====
 ^ Material ^ Mode ^ Speed ^ Power ^ Corner Power ^ Passes ^ Notes ^ ^ 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. ​+| Acrylic - 1/16" | Cut | 25 | 15 | 15 | 1 | Trying to etch with the cut setting. The outline is visible but not great. |
-| Hard Board - 1/​4&​quot;​ | Cut | 1 | 80 | 70 | 2 | Needed 2 Passes Burned edges. Looks really really bad                      | +
-| Hard Board - 1/​4&​quot;​ | Cut | 8 | 50 | 45 | 9+ | The material has significant burns around the edge after so many passes ​   ​|+
  
 ==== FURTHER INFORMATION ==== ==== FURTHER INFORMATION ====
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   * [[tool:​laser_cutter:​operation_manual|Operation Manual]]   * [[tool:​laser_cutter:​operation_manual|Operation Manual]]
   * [[tool:​laser_cutter:​workflow_tips|General Workflow Tips]]   * [[tool:​laser_cutter:​workflow_tips|General Workflow Tips]]
 +  * [[http://​www.adafruit.com/​blog/?​p=16409|Determining Kerf]] 
 +  * [[http://​www.nycresistor.com/​2008/​08/​28/​how-to-identify-polymers-with-burnination/​|Burnination method for identifying unknown polymers]] -  **READ THIS BEFORE CUTTING UNKNOWN MATERIALS** 
 +  * [[http://​www.pololu.com/​docs/​0J24/​3|Pololu banned materials list]] - Some of their allowable settings are different because they have a different(read:​ expensive) fume/​ventilation system
tool/laser_cutter/settings.txt · Last modified: 2014/07/11 21:07 by butters