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Laserable Materials

Do you have a material you would like us to test? We would be happy to assist you. Drop us a line to find out how.

We are unable to process any material containing Hydrogen Chloride and Vinyl Chloride (mostly found in PVC and other man made materials) due to the corrosive nature of its fumes. When in doubt, please check the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of your material.


The laser produces crystal-clear, flame-cut quality edges and inner contours with no additional after-treatment required. When engraving acrylic and Plexiglas, the laser produces a lovely photo-quality etched surface. Acrylic is perfect for the production of illuminated or neon advertising displays, signs, POS/POP displays, etc. Acrylic types suitable for cutting include Acrylic glass, Plexiglas®, PMMA, Perspex®, Altuglas®, Acrylite®.


Cork is an exceptionally popular engraving material in the industry because of its durability and sustainability. Gaskets to household good can be cut and engraved from this versatile material.


Delrin is a trade name of the polyacetal materials group (POM). Delrin is well suited for laser engraving as this material can easily be removed by the laser. It is used for pocket seal making, for example.

Films & Foils

The laser beam allows for controlled fusing of foils and films and produces clear and sealed cutting edges. The laser offers many advantages when working with multilayer films: Several layers, such as backing, adhesive and top film, can be cut in one work step. We can cut even the smallest radii precisely and produce simple geometries at record speed. The entire process is contact-less and consequently, the end product will turn out perfect. 

AbreviationsTrade Names
Thermolite®, Polarguard®
Polyethylene terephthalate
Lexan®, Makrolon®


Foams are well suited for laser cutting, laser engraving and laser marking. Foam is used for suitcase inserts or padding, and for seals. Everything is possible, from prototype construction to series production. Laser cut foam is also used for artistic applications, such as souvenirs or photo frames, for example. Foam types suitable for laser cutting include Polyester (PES), Polyethylene (PE), Polyurethane (PUR), Neopren®.


​​Glass engraving offers incredible design options. Even the most sophisticated photographs and graphics are engraved directly on wine glasses, beer glasses, bottles or mirrors. Any design that can be printed can also be etched with the laser on glass. For engraving, drinking, wine or beer glasses or bottles are clamped into a rotary attachment. It is thus possible to engrave the entire circumference. Cutting glass with the laser is not possible due to the reflective surface of glass. 

Glass types suitable for laser engraving include Pressed glass, Float glass, Crystal, Mirror.


Laminate sheets are used for making signs and signage, such as type plates, company signs, nameplates, industrial labels, and many more. Laminates are normally 2 or 3-layered plastics, the core of which is normally acrylic. When the thin top layer is removed by engraving, the color of the core material is revealed. They can be cut or engraved. Laminates are available in many colors and effects for both indoor and outdoor use.


Whether wallets, folders, briefcases, bracelets, belts or shoes – personalized engraving gives these items an extra touch of elegance. When laser cutting, etching and engraving leather, motifs, letters and designs are burnt into the leather. With increased laser power, the depth of the engraving can be increased. Another plus of laser cutting leather is the clean and sealed cutting edge it produces. There will be no fraying of the material. Leather types suitable for laser cutting and engraving include Natural leather, synthetic leather, napped leather, alcantara, nubuck, suede, velours.


Marking metals with the laser is extremely accurate and clean. Markings such as serial numbers, codes and logos can be applied on products and components in maximum resolution. Metal etching and marking with the laser is contact-less; the metal surface is not damaged. Typical areas of application for laser marking of metals include product labeling and coding in the electronics industry (mobile phones, iPads), tool construction, and medical technology. Cutting of metals with the laser is not possible with a CO2 laser.

​Coated Metals
Laser etching on metal is best on coated metals, Anodized Aluminum being the most common. It is a simple process and produces excellent results. In thiscase, the laser bleaches the color out to reveal the silver/white finish of the Aluminum. Painted metals are also possible.
Uncoated Metals

Engraving or etching of uncoated metals is not possible with a CO2 laser, but we are able to mark uncoated metals through the process of thermal bonding. Thermal bonding is a process utilizing the heat energy of the laser to bond a special coating to the base material. The coating is sprayed on, run through the laser, then washed off, leaving a nice dark and durable mark. Stainless steel, tool steel, brass, chrome, aircraft grade aluminum, pewter and titanium can all be marked in this manner. We are happy to share Durability Testing Results upon request.


​​Laser cutting is a quick and easy process that can be used for processing paper, paperboard and cardboard for digital printing, for packaging prototype construction, model making or scrapbooking. Lasers are particularly well suited for realizing even the finest geometries with maximum precision and quality. Laser paper cutting machines not only allow for cutting even the most delicate paper forms, but also engraving logos or pictures can be implemented effortlessly. Suitable materials include Paper, Paperboard, Cardboard, Corrugated cardboard, Mat board, Press board, Vellum, Foamcore.


We are able to laser cut and mark of a wide variety of plastics, whether you wish to cut plastic material or laser engrave polyethylene and silicone. 


Rubber stamps to gaskets are all possible. Suitable rubber types for laser engraving include Natural rubber, Microporous foam, Silicone rubber, Synthetic rubber.


Laser engraving on stone offers incredible design options. Even detailed photographs and graphics are possible. Laser engraving on stone is particularly suited for polished, possibly dark natural stones, such as granite, marble, or slate. The more homogeneous and fine-grained the stone, the better the results produced by stone engraving. But thanks to their smooth surface, even pebble stones can be etched well with the laser. Another ideal candidate: White marble - on this material, the laser engraving machine can produce a continuous white stone engraving. Typical applications for engraving on stone include tombstones, paperweights, kitchen or bathroom tiles, or decorations. Cutting stone with the laser is not possible. Stone types suitable for laser engraving include Ceramic, Granite, Marble, Natural stone, Pebble stones, Slate.


​A laser can be used for quick and easy cutting of diverse textiles and fabrics, and especially strong materials, such as Kevlar® or other technical textiles. Whether engraving fleece or producing extravagant form cuts on curtains or lace - the laser offers the user incredible design options, as virtually any design can be achieved with the laser. When cutting organic textiles, such as cotton or linen, with the laser, the produced cutting edge will show some brown discoloration, similarly to wood. Textiles suitable for cutting with a laser include cotton, silk, felt, fleece, lace, polyester and more.


Laser cutting wood offers the advantages of sharp corners, tight angles, and intricate scroll work  with tight tolerances and repeatability that traditional woodworking methods do not allow. ​Cutting and engraving of most wood types is possible, though there are some extremely hard woods that don't respond well. Engraving wood, and particularly cutting, will leave a brown mark as the wood is burned away. It's even possible to achieve different depths of engraving, and photographic-quality engravings as well. Types of wood suitable for laser cutting & engraving include Alder, Balsa, Bass, Beech, Cedar, Cherry, Maple, Mahogany, Pine, Walnut, MDF, Veneer .