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What should be kept in mind when laser cutting plastic?

For cutting plastic, it’s best to keep the protective coating on to help eliminate some flashback that may happen. Cutting on the vector grid is best to have the heat travel through it. For smaller pieces or thinner plastic, having a mat, such as a Seklema mat from Rowmark, to hold it down helps. Keeping your speed below 20% can help with smoother direction changes such as rounded corners. If flames happen, your frequency can be the first thing to adjust and turn down.

Keep reading to learn about laser engraving plastic.

   —JDS Industries

Sara Thompson JDS

Sara Thompson

Sara Thompson is a fabrication/laser specialist at JDS Industries. She has been with JDS since 2016, taking on several roles including direct print, graphics coordinator, lasering, and new product testing. She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design.

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