CO2 Laser Cutting Process

Laser cutting is a precise method of cutting a design from a given material using a CAD file to guide it. There are three main types of lasers used in the industry: CO2 lasers Nd and Nd-YAG. We use CO 2 machines. This involves firing a laser which cuts by melting, burning or vaporizing your material. You can achieve a really fine level of cutting detail on with a wide variety of materials. Bare in mind that CO 2 lasers can’t cut metals and hard materials, they can however engrave them.

The beam is emitted from what’s called the ‘laser tube’ and is reflected by several mirrors up into the ‘laser head’ (like a periscope.) Within the head is a lens that finely focuses the beam onto the material surface for cutting or engraving.

CO2 Laser Cutting & Engraving Materials

Materials Engrave Cut
Wood
Acrylic
Glass ×
Coated Metals ×
Ceramic ×
Traffolyte
Fabric
Leather
Marble ×
Matte Board
Melamine
Paper/Cardboard
Mylar
Paper
Rubber
Wood Veneer
Fiberglass
Painted Metals ×
Tiles ×
Plastics
Cork
Corian
Anodized Aluminum ×
Ceramics ×
Stainless Steel * *
Brass * *
Titanium * *
Bare Metals * *