Which materials work best for laser engraving?

When it comes to which materials work best for laser engraving, it can be best summed up with creating contrast. Light-colored woods like alder are ideal because they laser engrave a dark brown. Engraving plastic sheet is another good example that offers high-contrast laser engraving when the top color of the plastic sheet is ablated by the laser to reveal the color layer underneath.


Mike Fruciano

Mike Fruciano

Mike Fruciano is the Distribution Sales Manager - The Americas 3D Printing & Laser Systems at Coherent Inc. Mike brings 25 years of laser systems, laser processing, and materials experience, and is a frequent writer and speaker on these topics. Contact Mike at 602-616-4971 or at

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