Skill Mill Materials Sheet
Our laser cutter is a Full Spectrum P-Series 36 x 24, 90 watt with a CO2 laser. Please see the tables below for cuttable and etchable materials. The determining factor of cutting and etching a material is what the material is made of. Here is a list of materials that are safe to etch and cut on the laser cutter.
SAFE CUT/ETCHING MATERIALS
Non pressure treated solid woods
Resinous or oily woods may catch fire. Please do not use.
Non pressure treated plywood
Exterior or hobby grade work great.
MDF and LDF
MDF may char when cut.
Paper, card stock, cardboards
All cut great but etching into papers and cardboards does not come out well.
Quality of the cut varies with the amount of glue used in the cork.
Acrylic (Lucite, Plexiglass, PMMA)
Cuts and etches well.
Thicker sheets tend to bubble and warp.
As long as it is not plastic coated, it will cut great.
Leather and Suede
This is like the material used in refrigerator magnets.
Very important to make sure the rubber does NOT contain chlorine. If unsure, assume it does.
May take a few passes to cut.
Etch ONLY Materials Include:
Glass, Anodized Aluminum, Ceramic Tiles, Painted Metals, Stone
These materials will cause damage either to our machine or to our health when cut. If the material is not listed anywhere on this document, we will need a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) in order to verify whether we can cut the material safely.
Chlorinated plastics like PVC, Vinyl, pleather/artificial leather, Sintra, Kydex
Emits chlorine gas we cut or etched. Chlorine gas damages basically everything inside the laser cutter.
Fire hazard. Does not cut well. Tends to melt rather than cut.
Emits cyanide gas and fire hazard. Cyanide gas is extremely toxic.
HDPE (milk bottle plastic)
Emits dangerous fumes. Glass cannot be cut.
Coated carbon fiber emits dangerous fumes. Non-coated thin carbon fiber can be cut but leaves frayed edges.
Pressure Treated Wood
Emits dangerous fumes. Pressure treated wood should never be burned either in your fireplace, campfire or in a laser cutter.
Emits dangerous fumes.
The laser beam is a light beam so the mirror will reflect the light. This will cause damage to the laser cutter. Some materials can be cut mirror side down.
Creates lots of smoke when cut