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What materials can be cut by a CO2 laser?

Wood, paper, cardboard, plastic, PMMA. And also rubber, leather, metals, and ceramics: CO2 lasers can cut a great number of materials. For this reason, CO2 lasers have become the most widely diffused laser technology for laser material processing.

However, despite the wide use of the CO2 laser we receive a lot of questions on possible appications that can all be summed up by what materials can be cut by CO2 laserIn this article we answer to this question with a simple list of materials that can be easily cut with CO2 lasers (the links take to articles that examine each topic in depth): 

Fields of application

To go into the details, the following list displays the main applications of CO2 laser cutting, ordered by industry:

  • Papermaking industry
    • Cutting cardboard boxes
    • Cutting paper and cardboard
    • Stencil cut
    • Decorations
  • Woodworking industry
    • The cutting of any kind, and thickness, of wood, especially Plywood and MDF
    • Inlay fine wood
    • Engravings of any kind
  • Engravings and inlays
    • Laser engraving and cutting methacrylate
    • Laser engraving and cutting leather goods
    • Laser engraving name and number plates
    • Laser engraving and cutting textiles
    • Laser engraving electronic components
    • Laser engraving anodized aluminum and varnished metals. N.B.: the CO2 laser usually doesn’t cut metal but can label or mark them indelibly.
    • Engraving of glass, marble, and stones
    • Inlays on ivory
  • Creation and Customization
    • Laser cutting hollow punches
    • Laser cutting for architectural models
    • Laser cutting plastic, cardboard, or wooden displays.
    • Contour and cut labels
    • Personalizing gadgets
    • Personalizing buttons
    • Material machining for model making

The list above is just a short list of the many different materials that can be processed by the CO2 lasers: there are lots of other materials that can be cut with the CO2 laser. Research on the applications of the CO2 laser is still an ongoing process, of which experimentation plays an important role: only experimentation provides us with certainty about the possible applications. For this reason we invite you to contact us whereby the material you want to work is not presented in the above list. Together we will find you the solution that fits your needs!

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