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Acrylic Laser Cutting And Engraving

When acrylic encounters a laser

Acrylic is sometimes referred to as PMMA. People like it to be as transparent as glass and to melt in heat. Because this feature is perfectly fused with the laser, acrylic has a wide range of applications in the laser. Acrylic boards are used for acrylic laser cutting and engraving. You can carve and cut intricate patterns in acrylic art.

Can a laser cutter cut acrylic?

Of course, Thunder Laser machines can cut acrylic. You can use our equipment to laser cut any acrylic project worry-free. Thunder Laser cutter ensures premium quality for acrylic cutting and etching. Our machine achieves a flame-polished finish, guaranteeing cleanliness and smoothness. This means you can obtain flawless results for your acrylic laser cutting projects.


We offer continuous customer service, even after your buy. Our laser machines ensure top-notch acrylic laser products, maintaining our reputation.

laser acrylic wedding invitations

Laser acrylic wedding invitations

Can a laser cutter engrave acrylic?

Of course, Thunder Laser machines can engrave acrylic. Acrylic is commonly employed in laser cutting, but Thunder Laser machines offers support for precision carving on acrylic. The key factor in acrylic laser engraving is the accuracy of the process. Clear acrylic engraving products are often preferred, and the Thunder laser machine precisely meets this requirement.

laser engrave acrylic

Choose suitable acrylic board for laser

The acrylic comes in various varieties. It can meet diverse demands with differences in performance, hues, and aesthetic impacts.

Acrylic laser cutting boards can be categorized by transparency. They are transparent, semi-transparent (including dyed transparent boards), and colored (including black, white, and colored boards).

Performance-wise, they are divided into impact-resistant, UV-resistant, regular, and special boards. These include high impact-resistant, flame retardant, frosted, metal-effect, high wear-resistant, and light guide boards.

Acrylic laser cutting boards fall into two categories based on manufacturing methods. They are cast plates and extruded plates. Cast plates offer great stiffness, strength, and chemical resistance due to their large molecular weight, while extruded plates are more cost-effective.


Many people know that cast and extruded plates are suitable for laser processing, but fewer know their optimal methods for laser are differ. The carving effect of the casting plate is better than that of the extrusion plate, which is more suitable for laser carving. The extrusion plate is cheaper and more suitable for laser cutting.

Can you sublimate on an acrylic board?

Acrylic laser cutting

The market indicates the vast development potential of acrylic applications. Acrylic sign is a prevalent product in acrylic laser cutting, others like keychains, pearls, and jewels. Moreover, You also can see them in high-tech medical fields and the production of precision components, such as car dashboards.

acrylic cutting sign

laser cutting acrylic logo

laser engraved gifts​

laser acrylic sign

laser engraving acrylic keychain

laser acrylic keychain

Acrylic laser engraving

How to make custom acrylic charms with a laser cutting machine?

Thunder laser machine’s low-heat design allows for precise control over intricate acrylic cutting and engraving design. This design effectively prevents unnecessary burning or melting of acrylic laser cutting material.


Follow Thunder Laser instructions can help you achieve better acrylic cutting and carving. Besides the user guide, posting on our online support topics can also help you  to receive assistance.

How to do acrylic CNC cutting and etching in a Thunder Laser machine?

Please view the movie to see the variety of laser-cut acrylic usage experiences that our clients enjoy.

What do our customers say about the Thunder laser acrylic cutter machine?

No matter simple patterns or intricate designs, Thunder Laser offer the capability to laser cut and engrave a wide range of appearances. That why our customers can create so many inventive and marketable laser cutting and engraving acrylic products. The Thunder Laser CO2 laser cutting and engraving machine enable you to achieve the same results.


Explore additional features for your machine through our acrylic laser equipment. With Thunder Laser, you can confidently laser cut acrylic productions without concerns about compatibility. Our commitment is to assist you in ensuring the quality of your output while working to manage costs effectively.

laser engraved black acrylic
laser acrylic sign

What acrylic sheet thickness can be cut by an acrylic cutting machine?


Maybe you will find that the maximum thickness of acrylic that various acrylic laser cutting machines can cut is different. That’s because the thickness of the acrylic that the laser can cut depends on the laser tube’s power.


The table below shows the highest thickness of acrylic sheets for laser cutting with a single laser cut using the Thunder laser machine:

thunder laser acrylic param

What are the common parameters for Thunder Laser cutting acrylic?

The acrylic substance itself has an impact on the cutting outcome. Local variations may exist due to variations in origin, batch, acrylic laser cutting production process, etc. . Even the same thickness. So it eventually affects the laser cutting acrylic effect in the acrylic cutting machine.


The following parameters can help you as a guide. You can do  Small-scale testing first to fit the laser-cut acrylic parameters for a particular  usage.

Named layersSpeed (mm/S)Single and DoubleDirectionLine Interval/DPIBlow TypeBlow Value
shallow carving(image)50015Horizontal Double300weakbelow 0.1
shallow carving(text)50018Horizontal Double300weakbelow 0.1
Shallow carving(label)50020Horizontal Double300weakbelow 0.1
running a line10010 (Corner power5)Horizontal Double weakbelow 0.1
cutting(internally)2555 strong8
 cutting(outer frame)2555 strong8

Which acrylic cutter machine is suitable for my project?

The Thunder Laser Nova and Thunder Laser Odin series can both cut and carve acrylic overall.


Odin series can produce more exceptional results in acrylic sheet carving, thanks to its extremely fast processing speed and precise laser control no worse than laser engraver for metal. 


The Odin machine is outstanding, but the Thunder Nova laser has more benefits for acrylic laser cutting. That will be thanks to its greater laser power and processing platform (even through doors). To put it another way, based on the focus of your acrylic laser cutting and engraving job, you can select a more appropriate model. 


Tips for acrylic laser cutting and engraving

Acrylic laser cutting and engraving is exciting, but it may cause some trouble If you don’t pay attention to the process. 



For example, laser energy generated by acrylic laser cutter can pass through the material, and strike the honeycomb platform. It may occur before being reflected by the metal mesh plate when working on acrylic engraving laser machines. 


Undoubtedly, that will result in damage to the acrylic and the formation of redundant and glaring marks on this occasion. But don’t worry, the Thunder laser team can help you avoid thorny bushes to make a perfect laser-cut acrylic artistic work.

How to avoid catching fire when laser cutting acrylic

When cutting acrylic, it is simple to start a fire if the blowing value falls short of the appropriate amount. This is very dangerous, but don’t worry, we can prevent it by following these instructions.


1.  Modify the blowing value

To lower the acrylic cutting board material cutting seam’s temperature and prevent igniting from a high temperature.


2. Using wet tissue

When laser cutting acrylic at home, you can place a wet tissue under acrylic to avoid fire. The humidity of the wet tissue can be used to lower the temperature which is caused by the evaporation of water vapor during acrylic laser cutting. You will find it not difficult to avoid catching fire.


(textured paper, wet paper, and kitchen paper can all be used, but even after the previous work is finished, you should also pay attention to the acrylic cutter machine to avoid catching fire).

How to repair acrylic skin damaged by laser cutter or avoid it?

Since The damage is brought on by laser reflection, lowering reflection will help to reduce this trace.


1. Wet paper towel

It can be used to cover a small area to reduce the reflected radiation and safeguard acrylic during the acrylic laser cutting process.


2. Using tools like nail boards

During large-scale cutting process, it is possible to jack up the acrylic as a whole if you want reduces the energy reflected by the laser. It will be useful for preventing damage to the acrylic.


3. Place on the blade

Place acrylic on the blade to laser cut. The blade can ensure that there is as little laser reflection back to acrylic during the cutting process as feasible. Because, it is more sparse than the honeycomb board. 

It is not recommended to cut too small pieces when acrylic laser cutting, and focusing on cutting from the inside out.


4. Others

Much more? Increase speed, cut power, and decrease the amount of energy reflected per unit of time. Last and most important one, optimizing acrylic laser parameter settings.

How to polish acrylic edges when laser cutting acrylic process?

Cutting acrylic can cause cut surface stripes to develop, which reduces the roundness of the cut surface. You can experiment with increasing power and decreasing speed to prove if you can make the acrylic laser cutting edge smooth.


Greater the power and slower the speed can make the cut surface will become more rounded, because the energy pulses acrylic itself receives will be more.(However, the thickness of the machine and acrylic cutting board material must still be taken into account).


Above tips are very helpful for acrylic laser cutting. Besides the above techniques, you can also view the movie to learn more about how to polish acrylic edges.

How should laser cut acrylic products to avoid deformation?

How to remove acrylic protective film efficiently?

1. Using an electric hair dryer

You can use the hot air lever of an electric hair dryer to continually blow back, and forth on the film on the acrylic to peel it off. That’s because the film can be readily pulled off after it has relaxed. To avoid deforming the acrylic laser cutting plate at that location during the hot-blowing process, do not pause at the same spot for a prolonged period.


2. Cleaning with liquid gasoline 

To better rip off the film on the cutting acrylic sheet, you can also clean the surface with a cloth dipped in liquid gasoline. After approximately an hour, the film will weaken and be easier to tear off.


How to store?

The first crucial step

The first crucial step is to avoid exposing acrylic board to direct sunlight, heat sources, or moisture during storage. Opt for a well-ventilated, dry location at room temperature for storage.

The second important consideration

The second important consideration is to keep the protective film on acrylic cutting boards used for laser cutting. This helps prevent daily dust and grime from sticking to the surface due to static electricity. Additionally, the shielding film serves to protect the laser acrylic board from scuffs and abrasion.

The often overlooked but essential point

The often overlooked but essential point is to store acrylic sheets for laser cutting in a flat position to prevent warping. If vertical storage is necessary, it’s advisable to incline the cutting acrylic sheet slightly. If you can provide support underneath to maintain its shape, that will be perfect.

How about Thunder Laser?

With Thunder Laser acrylic laser cutting machine technology, you will achieve incredible results. We possess extensive knowledge and capabilities in acrylic engraving and etching. We can help you enhance production, create unique laser-cut acrylic items, and get the maximum profit from the market. Our dedicated process and after-sales staff are always available to support your growth.


The market for acrylic laser products is continuously advancing. To ensure customer satisfaction, Thunder Laser remains committed to staying abreast of cutting-edge technology and process enhancements. Our goal is to consistently deliver the best laser-cutting machines for both small and large industries.


With exclusive agents spanning five continents globally, Thunder Laser invites those passionate about laser machines to join us. If you’re interested in, welcome you explore becoming one of our distributors.

Thunder laser qualified staff is available to assist you in identifying suitable equipment if you need. From helping you select the ideal acrylic laser machine to making sure you understand how to set up the project, we take care of everything for you. Large corporations to entry-level people are among the clientele we work with so far. 


Call us at 86 181 0304 3363 to speak to one of our professionals, or email us at [email protected] 

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We stand ready to help you find the system that works for you!