Choosing the right type of laser machine

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Choosing the right type of laser machine

Postby ENGRMckenzie » Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:29 am

How to determine the correct type of laser for the following materials:

wood
acrylic
glass
paper
textiles
plastics

What is the difference between a fiber laser and CO2 Laser?
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Re: Choosing the right type of laser machine

Postby Techgraphix » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:47 am

A normal CO2 laser will do all those materials, most of them engraving AND cutting.
Glass only engraving. And beware of plastics: some might produce hazardous smoke or corrode your laser. Don't do PolyCarbonate, for instance. Keep it with Acrylic, preferably Cast-Acrylic.
BTW: CO2 is also exelent for engraving on anodized Aluminum.

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