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Use Caution When Laser Processing 6 Materials

Be aware of these substrates that require extra care when cutting or engraving.

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While certain materials should not be laser processed due to their chemical make-up, there are a few substrates that require caution when cutting or engraving:

  1. Manganese
  2. Chromium
  3. Nickel
  4. Cobalt
  5. Copper
  6. Lead

Be aware of fabrics and other materials that are labelled as “flame retardant.” Because they often include bromine, they are not laserable materials. For flame-retardant materials, it is best to ask the manufacturer about the exact ingredients.

-Josh Stephens, Trotec Laser

Josh Stephens

Josh Stephens is the owner of Lasers Plus. Formerly, he was the lead applications expert for a large laser manufacturer. He has been in the industry for over seven years.

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