I’m very new, and still finding my way around both my Glowforge (Pro series), and this user’s forum. I have a question about metals, and which can be successfully used in my Glowforge. I want to do some cut-outs (possible signage, but most probably more like a type of wall art).
My question is this: are there metals that are not advised to be used? For instance, thicker, harder metals such as iron (cast iron, wrought iron, etc). Can heavy duty metals like this be used? Or are we limited to the use of thinner, less “substantial” metals despite their lesser durability?
My idea requires the piece that’s cut out to stand alone, not flat against a wall for stability, but more accurately protruding from a wall (or other sort of “base”) as a stand alone feature. So it must be strong and sturdy enough not to break off, or give way by warping or bending, if something or someone comes into contact with it.
Ideally, iron would work best for the overall project, but I’m fairly certain that the laser isn’t the proper laser to cut through anything as thick, or substantial, as iron while maintaining any sort of real precision.
So…does anybody know the pros snd cons of using different metal types (possibly copper, or something similar?), or any opinions on which they think might work best? Or, though I’m afraid might be the answer, is there no metal that would work for what I’m trying to do?
Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.