Laser cutting materials
Can't laser cut list
These materials will damage or destroy the laser, humans, and potentially the entire shop (fire hazards).
WARNING: Many plastics are dangerous to cut, so it's important to know exactly what plastic you have
Chlorinated plastics (PVC, vinyl, pleather/artificial leather, Sintra, Kydex)
HDPE (milk bottle plastic)
Coated carbon fiber
Pressure treated wood
What materials can we laser cut?
We can laser cut various thicknesses of plastics, woods, paper, cloth, and more. We can cut parts up to 47″ × 31″ and the machine can hold up to four foot by three foot sheets. We stock Acrylic, wood, cardboard, and we can quickly obtain many other materials from local suppliers. You can also ship us your materials or drop them off at our store. For more information on materials that are laser cut safe please visit our laser cutting resources page.
Acrylic - absolutely the best plastic material for laser cutting. It is strong, comes in a variety of colors, and can allow you to create awesome visual effects with the laser cutter.
Wood - is a versatile material. You can use it to laser cut jewellery, fashion accessories, ornaments, decorations, custom containers, even furniture! We generally recommend birch or pine for laser cutting, etching, and engraving.
Paper - both cuts and etches very well. You can even use the laser cutter to partially cut through to make paper bend or add perforations.
Cardboard - cuts very well. It is a fantastic material for prototyping with the laser cutter. It is a cheap and cost-effective way to make a basic prototype of your product. The laser cutter is also very good at making cardboard pieces for packaging and shipping.
Plywood - can be good for laser cutting as long as you pick the right stock.
Cork - can be laser cut or etched as long as it is 100% natural.
Fabric - as long as it doesn't contain vinyl or chlorine most fabrics work well with the laser cutter. Most fabrics can be both laser cut and laser etched.
Glass - can only be laser etched.
Ceramic - can only be laser etched.
Rubber - works great for stamps as long as it is 100% natural.
Painted Metals - can be laser etched or laser marked only.
Leather - can be both Laser etched and marked with ease. It also cuts very well.
Marble - laser etches very well but cannot be cut.
Matte Board - can be both laser etched and laser cut.
Mylar - can be laser cut makes great stencils.
Pressboard - can be both laser etched and laser cut.
Wood Veneer - can be both laser etched and laser cut.
Tile - can only be laser etched.
- ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene)
- Acrylic (also known as Plexiglas, Lucite, PMMA)
- Delrin (POM, acetal) – for a supplier, try McMaster-Carr.
- High density polyethylene (HDPE) – melts badly
- Kapton tape (Polyimide)
- Mylar (polyester)
- Nylon – melts badly
- PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol)
- Polyethylene (PE) – melts badly
- Polypropylene (PP) – melts somewhat
- Two-tone acrylic – top color different than core material, usually for custom instrumentation panels, signs, and plaques.
- Depron foam – often used for RC planes.
- Gator foam – foam core gets burned and eaten away compared to the top and bottom hard shell.
- Cloths (leather, suede, felt, hemp, cotton)
- Magnetic sheets
- Rubbers (only if they do not contain chlorine) – for a supplier, try McMaster-Carr
- Teflon (PTFE, Polytetrafluoroethylene) – for a supplier, try McMaster-Carr.
- Woods (MDF, balsa, birch, poplar, red oak, cherry, holly, etc.) – we stock various thicknesses of birch plywood. For other types of wood, try Inventables.