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Material usage guidance

Be cautiion with those materials

Warning: Since many materials are very dangerous when processed by laser, you need to be vigilant about processing them. Understand the hazards and please take precautions if necessary.

PVC (polyvinyl chloride), vinyl, leather, artificial leatherReleasing pure chlorine gas when cutting! It is a kind of toxic gas with a strong irritating odor! Never cut this material as it can damage the optics, cause corrosion of the machine's metal and destroy the motion control system
ABSEmits cyanide gas and tends to melt. ABS materials does not work well on laser cutters. It tends to melt rather than vaporize, and has a higher chance of catching fire and tends to leave a molten, sticky deposit. It cannot be engraved well (again, tends to melt)
HDPEMelting and fire possibility
Polystyrene foamMelting and fire possibility
Polypropylene foamMelting and fire possibility
Polycarbonate, emulsion paintDiscoloration, fire
Coated carbon fiberProduces harmful gases
AcrylicProduces harmful gases

Warning: Do not process materials with mirrored surfaces, reflected lasers are very dangerous and can damage people and machines.

Safety materials

Lasers can cut materials such as wood, paper, cork and certain types of plastics and can engrave on most objects such as: wood, paper, coated metals, stainless steel, plastics, marble, stone, tile, glass, etc.


Most woodAvoid oil-based, resinous woodsBe very careful when cutting oily wood or wood with a high resin content, as there is a high risk of fire.
Plywood, composite woodContains glue, may not be as good as tangible wood
MDF, engineered woodThese can be cut, but may show more scorch marks
Paper, cardboardCuts very well and very fast
Cardboard, corrugated boardGood cutting effect, but may catch fireAttention to fire prevention, need to always pay attention to the cutting process
Cork woodThe cutting effect is good, but the cutting quality depends on the thickness and quality of the cork. If it contains too much glue, it may not be cut wellAvoid using thicker cork
PolycarbonateVery thin polycarbonate can be cut, but tends to discolor badlyPay attention to smoke evacuation and fire prevention
Depron foamUsed in large quantities for business hobbies, RC aircraft, construction models and toys, neatly cut with smooth edgesNeed to keep an eye on the cutting process
Cloth, felt, linen, cotton, leatherThe thinner ones can be cut, but the high temperature causes scorch marks on the edges


All of the above cuttable materials can be engraved. In addition, you can engrave the following materials.

TileGenerating Soot
Anodized aluminumVaporize the anodized layer
Paint, coated metalVaporize the paint layer
Stainless steelBurning stainless steel surface layer to cause discoloration
Stone, marble, graniteGenerate soot, get white texture when carving