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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
Wet or 'raw' wood Clogs up filter BADLY
MDF and similar woods 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 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 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)
* 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.
Hard Board - 1/4” Cut 1 80 70 2 Needed 2 Passes Burned edges. Looks really really bad
Hard Board - 1/4” Cut 8 50 45 9+ The material has significant burns around the edge after so many passes

FURTHER INFORMATION

laser_cutter_settings.1372923796.txt.gz · Last modified: 2013/07/04 07:43 by richardsim