So, I knew a laser cutter could cut wood and acrylic just fine and I assumed it could cut virtually any material only limited by its power. Now I discover that you can’t cut PC/PVC due to chlorine and ABS tends to melt so you don’t get clean cuts.
I’m looking for something plastic, similar to acrylic but not as brittle. So far the only thing I’ve found is Delrin, which seems to be a double-edged sword:
- cuts ok
- accommodating, don’t need to be too precise with tolerances
- releases formaldehyde during cut
- very difficult to glue
- requires more power to cut than acrylic
- some people say it tends to catch fire during cut
Having said that, I’d like to ask the GF team what’s the maximum Delrin thickness that can be cut and if there are any recommended alternative materials (a non-brittle acrylic).