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Laser Cutter Materials Information

The following materials are available for purchase through College of Design labs, and are approved for use with the cutters:

1. Basswood: measures 32 in x 6 in, and is available in 1/8th and 1/16th inch thicknesses.
2. Cardboard: available in 28.5 x 17 in dimension.
3. Brown chipboard: measures 28.5 x 17in, and is 1/16th inch thick.
4. Acrylic: available in black, white, or clear, and is available in 1/8th and 1/16th inch thicknesses, and measures 24×16 inches.
6. You may cut mat board, museum board, or task board, using the provided settings (use the chipboard settings for the mat and museum board).

Materials settings are available for the following materials:

  • 1/16 in. acrylic
  • 1/16 in. basswood
  • 1/16 in. chipboard
  • 1/16 in. taskboard
  • 3/32 in. taskboard
  • 1/32 in. acrylic
  • 1/32 in. chipboard
  • 1/32 in. taskboard
  • 1/32 in. veneer
  • 1/8 in. acrylic
  • 1/8 in. basswood
  • 1/8 in. taskboard
  • Art paper
  • Canson paper
  • Cardboard
  • Freezer paper
  • Heavy matte paper
  • Silk
  • 2-ply bristol board
  • Osnaberg cotton
  • Vellum
  • Wool Felt

*** The following materials are forbidden:

1. Metal — The cutters are not powerful enough.
2. Reflective materials — Will destroy the lens.
3. Glass — Tends to shatter, causing potential damage to the lens.
4. PVC — Produces harmful, toxic fumes
5. Cintra — Produces harmful, toxic fumes
6. Lexan — Produces harmful, toxic fumes
7. Polycarbonate — Produces harmful, toxic fumes
8. PET-C — Produces harmful, toxic fumes
9. Styrene — Produces harmful, toxic fumes
10. Vinyl — Produces harmful, toxic fumes
11. Rubber — Melts and smells bad
12. Plywood — The adhesive between the layers vaporizes and coats the lens. In addition, plywood is often treated with formaldehyde, which is toxic when burned.
13. Foamcore — Extremely flammable!!!! The inner layer of foam superheats, causing the top layer of paper to combust across a large surface area.

Be cautious! Some materials on this list look very similar to our approved materials, but will release toxic fumes when cut or engraved. You must be absolutely certain that your material is appropriate to use on the cutter, BEFORE you arrive for your session. When ordering colored acrylic from other sources, please specify to your supplier that you need acrylic safe to cut on a laser cutter. Do not take chances!

Failure to follow materials policies WILL result in serious consequences. You will be banned from using the laser cutters for the rest of the semester, and must be retrained before being allowed to use the cutters the following semester.