CO2 laser cutting engraving marking wood materials substrates

Materials Suitable for Cutting with a CO2 Laser

Thea Sander is the technical marketing writer at Universal Laser Systems. She received a bachelor's of science degree in mechanical engineering and has over 10 years of technical and marketing writing for a range of technology companies. 

For cutting with 150 watts or less, a practical maximum thickness limit from .125" to 1.0" applies to many organic materials. The limit varies greatly depending on material density and composition. Some low-density foam materials up to 2.0" thick can also be cut. The maximum thickness for cutting and speed of processing are heavily influenced by the amount of applied laser energy, so more power (75–150 watts) is recommended for processing thicker material or for higher productivity.

The following materials are suitable for CO2 laser cutting, engraving, and marking:

  • Plastics
  • Rubbers/elastomers
  • Foams
  • Fabrics
  • Papers
  • Woods
  • Composites (if metal or other inorganic content is minimal)

—Thea Sander, Universal Laser Systems

This information originally appears in a Universal Laser Systems blog post