Be Outgassing Aware: A warning to laser users

Not all materials are laser-safe, which is why it's important to know this before you start engraving...

Not all materials are laser-safe, and some can produce an outgassing hazard when laser processed. PVC and Polycarbonate products produce hazardous fumes that damage the laser system and are harmful to breathe. Laser system manufacturers will void warranty claims if these materials are engraved or cut as well. Check the SDS (Safety Data Sheet) for substrates being laser processed and use laser-safe materials.

-Mike Fruciano, Coherent

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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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