Advanced Output Center

Approved Laser Cutter Materials

All materials used on the laser cutter must be approved by the Museum Safety department prior to cutting. Some materials can be extremely toxic and/or damaging to the machine. Reflective materials should never be cut, as they can cause the laser beam to reflect and bounce out of the enclosure.  Please do not attempt to cut any unapproved materials. If you have questions about a new or unapproved material, please ask!

 

APPROVED MATERIALS

Material

Raster Engrave

Vector Engrave

Vector Cut

Corrugated Cardboard

OK

OK

OK

Uncoated Paper

OK

OK

OK

Chipboard/Matboard

OK

OK

OK

Resale Acrylic (Extruded)

OK

OK

OK

Plywood

(1/4" Ply is not recommended due to warping)

OK

OK

OK

Balsa Wood/Basswood

OK

OK

OK

Hardwoods (Domestic Only)

OK

OK

OK

Maplex

OK

OK

OK

Medex

OK

OK

OK

Cork (up to 1/8")

OK

OK

OK

Masonite

OK

OK

OK

APPROVED SPECIALTY MATERIALS

THESE MATERIALS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A SALES INVOICE DOCUMENTING THE TYPE & ORIGIN OF THE MATERIAL

Material

Raster Engrave

Vector Engrave

Vector Cut

Mirrored Acrylic

OK

W/ MASKING & REFLECTIVE SIDE DOWN

OK

W/ MASKING & REFLECTIVE SIDE DOWN

OK

W/ MASKING & REFLECTIVE SIDE DOWN

Dichroic Glass

OK

W/ MASKING

OK

W/ MASKING

OK

W/ MASKING

Non-Resale Acrylic (Cast/Extruded)

OK

OK

OK

Teslin

NOT OK

OK

OK

Grade F-10 Felt 1/8"

OK

OK

OK

Linoleum

OK

OK

OK

3form Chroma

OK

OK

OK

Drop Paper/Drop Jet 80

OK

OK

OK

Unglazed Porcelain Tile

OK

OK

N/A

Rowmark Lasermark

OK

OK

OK

100% Cotton and 100% silk

OK

OK

N/A

Brain tanned or vegetable tanned leather

OK

OK

OK

 

UNSAFE MATERIALS

NEVER TRY TO LASER CUT THESE MATERIALS

PVC

PETG

Casting Wax

Bending Plywood

Tropical Hardwoods

Corian

ABS

Nylon

RC Photo Paper

Vinyl

Delrin

Foamcore

Questions? Email advancedoutput@saic.edu