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VHS Laser Cutter Approved Materials

DRAFT: Please refer to VHS Laser Cutter Approved Materials

Only the following materials may be cut or engraved on the VHS Laser Cutter. If the material you wish to cut is not listed, please see: How do I get a new material approved?

Material Etch Cut Notes
Paper Yes Yes
Card Stock Yes Yes
Heavy Paper Yes Yes
Picture Matting Yes Yes
Cardboard Yes Yes
Wood Yes Yes Please avoid the use of woods with any water, sap, or a high proportion of glue. They quickly clog the filtration system and leave substantial residue on the laser cutter.
Plywood - 1/4“ Birch Yes Yes
Plywood - 1/8” Birch Yes Yes
Plywood 1/4“ Flooring underlay Yes Yes
Acrylic - 1/4” Yes Yes
Acrylic - 1/16“ Yes Yes
Polypropylene (0.75mm) Yes Yes
EVA Foam (very thin, < 4mm) Yes Yes Michaels
EVA Foam (thin, ~1/4”) Yes Yes Bought online, could not find locally
EVA Foam (thick, 1/2“ floor mats) Yes Yes Canadian Tire, Home Depot, etc.
PET/PETG Yes Yes
Kapton Polyimide Film ? Yes MSDS
Styrene - 2mm Yes Yes 2mm white styrene sheet from hobby stores
Leather Yes Yes

Banned Materials

The following is a non-exhaustive list of materials that must not be cut or engraved on the VHS Laser Cutter.

Material Reason
Wet or 'raw' wood Clogs up filter BADLY
MDF, HDF, Ply, and reconstructed wood Clogs up filter BADLY
Coroplast Clogs up filter BADLY
Lexan/Polycarbonate/Makrolon Dense black smoke and toxic fumes - bisphenol a (BPA), phenol, and more
ABS Dense black smoke and toxic fumes - cyanide and styrene gases
PVC, Vinyl Toxic and corrosive fumes - chlorine gas
Neoprene (polychloroprene) Toxic and corrosive fumes - chlorine gas
Foam core Dense black smoke and toxic fumes - styrene gas (carcinogenic, toxic to the nervous system and upper respiratory tract; classified as “very toxic”)
Delrin Toxic fumes - formaldehyde
Moleskine notebook covers Toxic fumes - chlorine - See Polymer burnination link at bottom

FURTHER INFORMATION

tool/laser_cutter/materials.txt · Last modified: 2017/10/05 17:49 by jdmc