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What Materials Are Suitable for Laser Cutting

September 26, 2022

When you buy a CO2 laser cutting machine, you can cut and engrave a variety of materials with optimal precision and efficiency. The CO2 laser cutting machine can cut and engrave the following non-metallic materials:

  • Wood
  • Plastic
  • Glass 
  • Cardboard
  • Rubber
  • Paper making
  • Leather
  • Acrylic
  • Fabric
  • Cork

Wood laser cutting

In our impression, wood chips are cut with steel saw blades, which have fast cutting speed, straight cutting seam and smooth cutting surface, but at the same time, they also produce a lot of sawdust and noise pollution. Laser cutting can not only reduce noise, but also reduce the generation of sawdust, which is more friendly to human body and environment. At the same time, the section of laser cutting is better.

Laser engraving wood

Laser engraving of wood materials is a very potential technology for wood surface decoration and provides an important technical means for value-added wood surface. Wood laser engraving is mainly high-power laser irradiation on the surface of wood products, which converts light energy into heat energy, and produces cracking and carbonization through instantaneous heat flow. Eliminate the surface of the local wood material and form patterns, characters and the like provided by the software. Using laser engraving machine to mark wooden products can reduce the complexity of manual engraving, and also can improve the efficiency of production. For the wood industry, the choice of laser engraving machine processing can improve production efficiency.

wood engrave
wood engrave

The cutting depth of laser engraving machine is generally not very thick. The maximum cutting depth depends on the wood material and the laser power. Generally, a 130w laser can finally cut through 20mm thick wood. If you are cutting very thick wood, you can slow down the cutting speed, but it may cause the wood to burn. The specific operation can try to use large-size lenses and adopt the method of repeated cutting. In addition, adding an air compressor to the equipment is also conducive to wood cutting, which can reduce the carbonization of cutting wood and improve the cutting speed.

wood laser cut
wood laser cut

Laser cut acrylic

Laser cutting acrylic uses invisible laser beams instead of traditional mechanical tools, which not only has the advantages of high precision, fast cutting and unlimited cutting patterns, but also can automatically typeset and save materials. acrylic laser cutting also has the characteristics of smooth incision and low processing cost, and is often cut or carved into various shapes. It is used for different purposes such as handicraft, outdoor advertisement, protective cover, aquarium, ceiling partition, etc. It is gradually improving and replacing the traditional cutting process.


The laser cutting speed is fast, the incision is smooth and flat, and there is basically no need for subsequent processing. The heat affected zone of laser cutting is small, so the plate deformation is small and the cutting seam is narrow; Non-contact processing will not produce mechanical stress, will not produce burrs; because the laser beam is very small, so, laser cutting processing precision is high, repeatability is good, numerical control programming can process any graphics, not limited by the traditional tool, can not only cut the whole plate with large breadth, but also can carry out fine acrylic cutting. Does not need to open the mold, is economical and time-saving.

Laser-cut leather

The laser cuts the leather with a high temperature laser beam. Because the heat generated is highly concentrated and the target is precise, it will not burn the surrounding area. In the worst case, it will only leave a little scorch mark, but it can be easily erased.


If used properly, this technology can eliminate the possibility of being scratched in the process of leather cutting. Because once the scratch area is too large, it will lead to the scrap of the whole leather fabric, which is costly. Laser cutting also enables the engraving of fabrics at low power. It can meet almost all the technological requirements in leather processing, from cutting the largest leather parts according to the paper pattern, to cutting small holes and then to leather carving. Laser cutting is also very useful in the mass production market of leather products. Laser cutting can be programmed to automatically cut any number of leather fabrics of the same shape.


Laser engraving rubber stamp

The traditional way of engraving rubber stamps is very time-consuming and expensive, and there are many restrictions. Consumers often spend hours or even days waiting for their stamps. Sometimes you lose your customers’ orders because they can’t wait.

Stamp Engraving2
Stamp Engraving

Laser cut paper

When the laser cutting engraving machine is used for paper cutting, it does not fold, scratch or even deform the paper material like the traditional way, and the cutting effect is extremely precise and very clear. In addition, the laser cutting machine also has the advantages of fast cutting speed, strong flexibility, easy operation, low cost Based on the above advantages, the purchase of laser cutting machines can enable you to better meet customer customization needs in a short time in actual business transactions.

paper cut 4
paper cut

Using laser cutting engraving machine to engrave glass is one of the best solutions for many users, and many users have always needed to engrave on glass. But the traditional way is too expensive, time-consuming and even destructive to the material. But through Thunder laser machine, glass etching will become very simple. It uses the “non-contact” working principle, will not bend the material, scratch. Laser machine will not cause material deformation, the effect of engraving is excellent, time-saving and labor-saving. Note that the laser cannot cut the glass.


To test whether your material can be laser-cut, contact our Thunder Laser experts.

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