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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

Banned Materials

Material Reason
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 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

Approved and Successful Material Settings

* = Please avoid the use of woods with high a high proportion of glue for the moment. We're re-evaluating their use due to 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)
* Wood (Hardboard 1/8”) Etch 200 15 15 1 N/A
* Wood (Hardboard 1/8”) Cut 7 100 100 1 N/A
* Wood (Hardboard 1/8”) Cut 10 100 100 1 This worked but just barely. I would suggest using 7 speed instead.
* Wood (Hardboard 1/8”) Cut 40 100 100 1 This will etch fast without cutting.
* Wood (Hardboard 1/8”) 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”) Cut 80 20 20 1 Fast Etch (Loial)
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 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 Candian 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

laser_cutter_settings.1356299004.txt.gz · Last modified: 2012/12/23 21:43 by rsim