What substrates should I stay away from when engraving with a CO2 laser?

Substrates to stay away from processing on a CO2 laser include fiberglass reinforced plastic (RFP) and carbon fiber. Plastics that have chlorine such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and vinyl should never be cut (or engraved) with a laser. The thermal cutting process produces hydrochloric acid, a harmful, toxic chlorine gas fume that could potentially damage your laser, as well as is harmful to inhale.

   —Just My Imagination DeZigns

Cheryl Kuchek

Cheryl Kuchek

Just My Imagination DeZigns

With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Cheryl Kuchek is the owner of Just My Imagination DeZigns Inc. in New York and the founder of the Facebook groups Sublimation, OKI, iColor and Beyond, and Sublimation for Beginners and Beyond, the first of its kind to focus on sublimation, hosting a community of digital decorators and serving as a resource to grow their business through weekly Facebook Live sessions, webinars, vendor discounts, and more.

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