Hey! Fairly new to my unit and been experimenting with cutting through 1/2 inch plywood. So far unsuccessful on cutting through and just wondering if anyone has any tips?!
1/4 inch is about as successful as you can get with good results although some have done 1/2 inch. Good luck!
1/2" plywood is going to be a challenge - even if the plywood is optimized for lasers. It is possible - and cutting from one side, flipping, and finishing from the other side is something discussed but not necessarily accomplished.
A 45W laser (the Pro) is optimal for 1/8" material. 1/4" is possible but often troublesome. I don’t mess with it. I use a lot of 5/32 that is intended for the laser, PureBond Maple from THD.
As indicated above, 1/2" is going to be a serious challenge.
Most plywood is going to be nasty to try and cut. Fillers, voids and glue between the layers will give mixed results. At 1/2 inch you probably won’t get good results even if the plywood isn’t full of those things.
I generally avoid anything more than 1/4” on the Trotec and it’s 120-watts. I’ve done some 1/2” Baltic on it before but it’s still not really a fun experience. More wood, more problems.
I have cut 1/2" plywood but rarely take it on now. The way I did so was to first engrave half or more of it, so when I made the final cut it was 1/4" and not half-inch, In other cases, I have made deeply engraved half-inch hardwood as a box lid but as the ends are square it is just easier to cut by other means.
I’ve actually cut 1/2 cedar on my basic and it did a pretty good job of it. That’s the only thing I’ve ever tried that was that thick.
Cedar is about the easiest of all to cut so good at any thickness that would fit I think.
Yes exactly. It’s great wood to work with. It engraves beautifully and when cut doesn’t leave a lot of char behind.
I got some from the grocery store that I think you are supposed to barbecue fish on and was nice and inexpensive.
Yes I’ve bought those too in the past. They already come with a nice sanded finish. Usually I buy cedar fence boards and bandsaw and plane them to whatever thickness I need.
Oh, how I wish I had those! I have some very nice snake wood that would be great if it was not an inch thick.
Snake wood? I have never heard of it. Sounds exotic.
Much nicer than bloodwood but a small slow growing tree.
Good read! Wow, that’s nice wood. I’d probably sit on that a long time before committing to cutting it up. It sounds quite expensive.
Water = 62.43 pounds per cubic foot
Snakewood = 76 lbs/ft3
Yes I noticed in the link it’s right up there with Lignum Vitae.
It can be, this is the cheapest I found… Or ~$2k for half a 4’+x7" half log
If I was making fancy knives or pens it would be high on my list for use.