CTR Lasers - Materials-Plastics

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Materials-Plastics

PLASTICS

Laser machines from CTR are often used for laser cutting and marking a wide variety of plastics, the main ones being Acrylic, ABS, laminated plastics, Mylar®, film, polycarbonate, polypropylene, Delrin®, nylon and more.

How does laser cutting of plastics work?

Cutting plastic up to 25mm plus is achievable on our higher powered lasers and acrylic cutting is one of the most common laser applications. Laser cutting creates a beautifully finished, clean edge on plastics.

Why do laser machines cut faster than a cutting plotter?

Accurately adjusted X and Y axis drives and British engineering ensures that laser cutting with a CTR laser systems is fast and accurate when you compare that with a cutting plotter which uses blades (a laser is contact free) and therefore has extreme material resistance. As a result, working with the CTR laser is faster and is able to cut at high speed and intricate detail, especially when working with fine geometries.

Will I need to fix/clamp the material in the working area?

Not at all. There is no physical contact between the laser and the material whilst being processed just place the material and start the laser process. For really light materials we have the option of installing a vacuum bed. This ensures that thin or wavy materials are positioned flat on the work table. No pressure is exerted on the material during laser cutting acrylic, so neither clamping nor any other type of fixation is required.

Plastics that can be cut, marked and engraved with the laser

Material Abbreviation Trade Name
Polyamide PA Nylon®
Polyoxymethylene POM Delrin®
Polyester PES Thermolite®, Polarguard®
Polyethylene terephthalate PET Mylar®
Polyimide PI Kapton®
Polystyrene PS  
Polymethyl-methacrylate PMMA Plexiglas®
Polycarbonate PC Lexan®, Makrolon®
Polypropylene PP  
Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene co-polymerisate ABS