CO2 Lasers are extremely versatile when it comes to marking and engraving. Primarily the wavelength of a CO2 is really good for organic materials such as wood, plastic, fabric, stone, glass, paper, card and the like. However, it is also possible to mark and engrave non-organic materials such as anodised aluminium, painter or coated metals and some bare metals that have a high carbon content. It is also possible to mark bare metals with the aid of metal marking solutions like Soildmark, which the laser bonds to the surface of the metal.
Cutting with a CO2 laser is a little different and you do need to think about the material your planning to cut. For example you won’t cut stone, but you can cut artificial composites like corian, the thickens of cut will vary with the strength of laser. You will cut wood, but wood is a natural material so generally with wider grained woods the thicker you’ll be able to cut. Pine tends to be a wide grained wood and it can be cut quite easily, where as oak has a tighter grain and can be difficult to cut thicker pieces. Fabrics, papers and cards tend to cut well with a CO2 laser, as do plastics like acrylic. Please get in touch for any further information about any specific materials that you require to process.