Is it safe to laser cut PLA?

Is it safe to laser cut PLA?

Laser cutting of PLA can be performed with either a 9.3 or 10.6 micron CO2 laser. Laser cutting of PLA with a CO2 laser creates a clean, smooth edge without discoloration. Laser processing of PLA with a 1.06 micron fiber laser is not recommended as it is not readily absorbed by the material.

Can PTFE be laser cut?

In the case of Teflon, the processes of laser cutting, laser engraving, and laser marking can be applied. The laser energy can ablate material to cut, engrave, or mark the material, or it can change the surface properties to create a visible mark.

What can a 30w laser cut?


  • 30 W can cut 3-4 mm with 1-3 passes before charring begins.
  • 40 W cuts 5-6 mm with 1-3 passes.
  • 50-60 W will easily cut 10 mm with 1-3 passes and can cut denser woods.
  • 75-120 W cuts 13 mm with 1-3 passes but starts to leave a noticeable kerf angle.

Can you cut carbon fiber with a laser?

We do not recommend using a laser cutter when cutting carbon fiber. The laser will burn the epoxy before it cuts the fibers causing a burned cut line.

What thickness can Glowforge cut?

What is the thickest material Glowforge can cut? Glowforge performs well with many materials 1/4″ and less on a single pass. It can accommodate material as thick as 1/2″, but may require multiple passes or flipping the material over. For engraving, you can remove the tray and insert objects as thick as 2”.

Can I laser cut HDPE?

It tends to melt rather than vaporize, and has a higher chance of catching on fire and leaving behind melted gooey deposits on the vector cutting grid. It also does not engrave well (again, tends to melt). HDPE/milk bottle plastic Catches fire and melts It melts. This is the #1 material that causes laser fires!!!

What materials should not be cut with a laser cutter?

Unsafe Material for Laser Cutter

Material: Danger:
PVC (Poly VinylChloride) /vinyl/pleather/artificial leather Emits pure chlorine gas when cut!
ABS Emits cyanide gas and tends to melt
Thick ( >1mm ) Polycarbonate/Lexan Cut very poorly, discolor,catch fire
HDPE/milk bottle plastic Catches fire and melts