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Material

Depth

Cut (Vector)Score/Etch (Vector except when noted)
Quality & Safety Notes
SpeedPowerFrequencyDPISpeedPower
Acrylic (Plexiglas is a brand of this)



3/32" (2.4 mm)





Vector cutting table (cross-hatched) must be used. A general rule of thumb for cutting acrylic is to relatively slow speed and high power; this produces a more flame-polished edge.

There are two types of acrylic: cast is better for engraving (it creates a frosted look when engraved) and extruded acrylic produces a much better flame polished edge.

1/8" (3 mm)1210010030010040


1/4" (6 mm)610010030010060Note from manual: Adjusting the standard focus distance so it is closer to the lens by about .080” (2 mm) will produce better edge quality when cutting 1/4” (6mm) acrylic and thicker. Two passes can be used for cutting thicker materials.
3/8" (9.5 mm)310010050010055
AlumamarkEngravingNONONO30010020Engrave only. Alumamark settings PDF.
EngravingNONONO50010010
Anodized Aluminum

Photos/ClipartNONONO40010035Engrave only. This material is reflective, so avoid using full power. Use low power and high speed for crisp edges.
Photos/ClipartNONONO50010030
TextNONONO50010040
Basswood

1/16" (1.5 mm)





Charred edges, orange tinting without protective paper masking.
1/8" (3 mm)459050



3/16" (4.5 mm)3510050



Brass (Painted)Painted solid brassNONONO30010025Engrave only. Must be painted. Not magnetic. Ask for assistance from the Tech Desk when etching this material. Use low power and high speed. Blue paints are more difficult to remove. If the finished product has a shadow, use alcohol or lacquer thinner to clean the edges. This material can be tricky: if it's polished before being painted, you'll see a polished finished product. If the brass isn't polished before being painted, the result will be dull.
Painted brass-coated steelNONONO50010015Engrave only. Must be painted. Magnetic. Ask for assistance from the Tech Desk when etching this material. Use low power and high speed. Blue paints are more difficult to remove. If the finished product has a shadow, use alcohol or lacquer thinner to clean the edges. This material is steel that has been coated with brass, that brass layer is polished, then a layer of lacquer is applied, then the paint is applied. When you etch it, you're exposing the polished brass that is protected from oxidation by the lacquer coating. This material is preferred over painted solid brass.
Bristol2 ply






4 ply






Chip

1 ply1002550501008
2 ply10050505010015
4 ply4590505010050
Cork1/8" (3 mm)NONONO30010030Engrave only.
1/4" (6 mm)NONONO5010030
Corrugated cardboard1/8" (3 mm)10060505010010
1/4" (6 mm)6060505010020
Felt1/8" (3 mm)


5010040Natural fibers will have charred edges and a strong smell.
Fleece
NONONO20010015Engrave only. Jarvis dithering pattern and using 80% grayscale for black is recommended.
Glass
NONONO30035100Engrave only. Be sure that your material isn't actually leaded crystal. Jarvis dithering pattern and using 80% grayscale for black is recommended. Frosting is the result of etching this material. To dissipate heat from the engraving process, use either a wet sheet of newspaper/paper towel or a thin coat of dish soap.
Leather1/8" (3 mm)601005030010020




50010025
MarblePhoto EngravingNONONO30010035Engrave only. 
Text EngravingNONONO50010045
Mat Board (Crescent is a brand of this)
304050



Museum Board (Strathmore is a brand of this)1 ply10027.550501006
4 ply52550


Will have some char on edges.
Plastic***

VariousNONONO30010020Ask for approval from the Tech Desk when etching this material. 
2-Layer Laser Engraveable 1/16" (1.5 mm)104010030010040




50010025
Plywood1/4" (6mm) max1210010108050Recent incidents of fire indicate that this material requires caution and additional supervision if cutting is attempted. Additionally, glue and air pockets may prevent complete cut-through in some areas. MDF is recommended instead of plywood.
Stainless Steel with Cermark Coating
NONONO50045100Engrave only. Must be coated with Cermark metal marking spray.
Twill
908025NONONO
Wood



Thin Veneer50801050070100

Note from manual: When cutting wood, multiple passes may allow cutting of thicker materials. Using Color Mapping you can adjust the focus point between passes down to the center point of the cut for the best results. Always use the additional Sweep Air Assist when cutting.

1/8" (3 mm)251001030060100
1/4" (6mm)131001050065100
3/8" (9.5 mm)71001050030100
1/2" (12 mm)410010



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