CNC laser machines are used extensively in many areas. It is not only about industry, but also about individual use of laser cutter.

We have collected the most frequently asked questions about using a laser cutter. On this page you can find out the answers to these questions.


What software is used for laser cutting?

Most Epilog operators use CorelDRAW software, but other popular programs like Adobe Illustrator andAutoCAD can be used as well. The software operators use is what drives the laser, which can be used in three modes: raster engraving, vector cutting or a combination of both.

How do you laser cut in Illustrator?
  1. Open up Illustrator and click “Create New”. It really doesn't matter what size you make your file. ...
  2. Next, add some text. Click on the “T” tool and choose a font from the dropdown menu on the right. ...
  3. Outline your text. ...
  4. Unite your text This is optional. ...
  5. Convert the imported graphic to vector. ...
What can you engrave with a laser engraver?

You can use a laser machine to cut, engrave or mark many materials such as plastics, wood, rubber, leather, metals, textiles and many others.

Can you cut polystyrene with a laser?

Laser processing of polystyrene can be performed with a 10.6 or 9.3 micron CO2 laser. Laser cutting of polystyrene can be performed with a 9.3 or 10.6 micron CO2 laser, resulting a clean, smooth, slightly melted cut edge, free of discoloration.

Can you cut plastic with a laser?

There are plastics that Cannot use:

  • Leather and artificial leather containing chromium (VI)
  • Carbon fibres (Carbon)
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Polyvinyl butyrate (PVB)
  • Polytetrafluoroethylenes (PTFE /Teflon)
  • Beryllium oxide.
  • Any materials containing halogens (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine and astatine), epoxy or phenolic resins.
Can you cut acrylic with a laser?

Cast acrylic can be cut with a laser, but it will not result in flame-polished edges. ... Extruded acrylic will cut cleanly and smoothly and will have a flame-polished edge when laser cut. But when it is engraved, instead of a frosted look you will have a clear engraving.

Can you cut MDF with a laser cutter?

MDF is okay to use but may experience a higher amount of charring when cut. Paper, card stock thin Cuts very well on the laser cutter, and also very quickly. Cardboard, carton thicker Cuts well but may catch fire.

Can a laser cut a human?

While a laser might not be able to cut through a person, industrial lasers should definitely be used with caution, as they can still cause severe and possibly fatal burns, if not used properly.

What materials Cannot be cut on a laser cutter?
  • Leather and artificial leather containing chromium (VI)
  • Carbon fibres (Carbon)
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
  • Polyvinyl butyrate (PVB)
  • Polytetrafluoroethylenes (PTFE /Teflon)
  • Beryllium oxide.
  • Any materials containing halogens (fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine and astatine), epoxy or phenolic resins.
How does the laser cutter work?

Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics. ... The focused laser beam is directed at the material, which then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas, leaving an edge with a high-quality surface finish.

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