Materials tested with Laser Toolhead on ZMorph

The amount of available materials is overwhelming, so below you can find materials we have tested and result in good quality cutting or engraving.

Basics:

  • The darker the material, the better it absorbs laser light, therefore it can be cut/engraved faster
  • Laser light is focused through lens to one small spot, which has most density (cutting power) around 1-3mm away from bottom edge of toolhead. Adjust the Z-axis accordingly (try burning calibration pattern from LCD menu)
  • Bright materials bounce the laser light back, so the engraving and cutting might be difficult or even impossible

Paper:

  • Suitable for both cutting and engraving
  • Bright ones not recommended

Cardboard:

  • Suitable for both cutting and engraving
  • Up to 5mm thickness that can be cut (with repeated sequence)

Wood:

  • Can be engraved and cut
  • Up to 1mm thickness that can be cut (with repeated sequence)

PCB laminate:

  • Can be engraved
  • Sand down the surface before engraving
  • Emits a lot of fumes when burned

PVC magnet and foil:

  • Suitable for both cutting and engraving
  • Up to 1mm thickness that can be cut
  • Emits toxic fumes when burned
  • Paper tape is recommended to be put on top, to avoid accumulation of fumes on the magnet surface and easier Laser light absorption

PMMA:

  • Suitable for both cutting and engraving
  • Up to 2mm thickness that can be cut
  • Emits toxic fumes when burned
  • Difficult to cut or engrave bright (clear) colors

Leather:

  • Possible to cut and engrave
  • Up to 2mm thickness that can be cut

Metals:

  • It is not possible to cut or engrave on clean metals with ZMorph's Laser Toolhead
  • You can coat the metal with enamel that will be burned with laser

 

NOTES:

  • Before you begin any work with Laser toolhead, please read Safety Guides
  • If you don't know how to start your work with Laser toolhead, please refer to this article
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