This is a general list I distributed to the Digital Forms class this semester to give them an idea of what could be used in the Fab Lab with the laser cutter. If you have any questions about these materials or additional options feel free to talk to James or Justin.
We have been cutting Masonite and paper based products easily. Some linoleum has been cut as well but it worked best with thinner pieces. Depending on the density of certain materials it might be best to either keep the stock thinner or just engrave. – Justin
James H. adds:
So for example, PVC is definitely NOT allowed on the laser because it emits chlorine; the fume extractor filters can’t handle chlorine, and according to Universal, it also damages the laser.)
When in doubt about a material,
- find the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet), see what kinds of chemicals it emits,
- check against the fume extractor reference above: can the filters extract the emitted chemicals?
- check the Universal Laser website – it has a materials library. Search it to see if your material is listed, and if so, see what it recommends,
- ASK FACULTY.
- if in doubt, DON’T.
We now have this in the lab:
Generally useful documents
Illustrator Setup Instructions (older versions of AI, but still useful)
Lens Description (super-useful!)
Lens Focus tool calibration (super-useful!)
Application Tip Sheets
Applique Application Tip Sheet (shown in Corle, but translates easily to AI)
Print Merge Tip sheet (uses Corel but translates to AI)
Photoshop and LASERS!!!
Laser cutting appliqué video:
Illustrator CS5 setup video (older, but useful):