Hi there. I just bought some amazing rock paper to cut on my Glowforge but want to double check if safe. I appreciate your feedback. Here is a copy of how it’s made below:
Rock Paper is simply a semi synthetic paper made from Rock. It is a combination of mineral powder (>75%) and a small quantity (<25%) of non-toxic resin combined to create an environmentally friendly paper. The production of Rock Paper requires no water, so the papermaking process incurs no water pollutants. Once used, Rock Paper will start to degrade under the proper environmental conditions of high heat, moisture and UV light. Most importantly, in producing Rock Paper, the harvesting of trees is unnecessary, thereby safeguarding the natural environment’s beauty and biodiversity for all living beings. Rock Paper also has beautiful printing capabilities and a unique texture and feel. Because the paper is fibreless, it does not absorb ink like regular paper and also uses less ink than regular paper. Images stay much crisper and cleaner because the ink doesn’t bleed. Rock paper is water-resistant and inherently strong and durable.
Rock Paper uses natural minerals – mainly limestone and Calcium Carbonate – to manufacture this synthetic paper making it environmentally friendly due to it not requiring any trees
Does not require the use of water during manufacturing
Recyclable and naturally degradable
Waste materials generated during manufacturing are re-introduced back into the process and there are no waste contaminants to pollute rivers and streams
The energy required to produce a tonne on Rock Paper is between 25% – 50% less than pulp or synthetic paper
Hahaha! Already got some. At least, what I have is Terraskin Rock paper, which is a combination of calcium carbonate and a polyethylene based resin. It never occurred to me to try and laser cut it though. Hmmmm…
Haven’t used it in years. I got a pad of it just because it looked interesting. If I recall, I had trouble with getting some types of media to dry on the paper (similar to Yupo paper). Like @ptodd, I’m a card maker and was probably trying to make interesting backgrounds. I can’t think of another use for it at the moment. It’s kind of floppy, not very rigid, so I don’t think it would be good for laser cut cards like the ones that recently appeared in the Glowforge catalog. But maybe it comes in thicker versions.
So, there are a lot of great points on this thread so far with making sure there is no chlorine in the material. I would recommend doing a Beilstein Test. That can confirm that the material does not have chlorine, which is the biggest worry on any material IMO.
I got a variety pack. Some were thicker than others and some also were more sheer than others. I want to do some papercuts that have a lot of fine detail that I don’t feel a Cricut machine would achieve as crisp and delicate.
Hey there! Yes, I’m your IG stalker😂 I will read up on this test. The owner is contacting the creator/inventor for me also.
I have visions in my mind of what I think I want to accomplish but a lot of times they are better in my mind than the real thing 😵💫
Plus, I think I may have a paper fetish🤔