Laser Safe Materials


  • ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
  • Acrylic (Als known as Plexiglas, Lucite, PMMA)
  • Delrin (POM, Acetal)
  • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)- Melts Badly
  • Kapton Tape (Polyimide)
  • Mylar (Polyester)
  • Nylon – Melts Badly
  • Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG)
  • Polyethylene – Melts Badly
  • Polypropylene – Melts somewhat
  • Styrene
  • Two-Toned Acrylic – two-layer colored acrylic, top layer is a different color than the base color. Used for signs, plaques, and instrumentation panels.


  • Depron – Often used for RC planes
  • Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA)
  • Gator Foam – Hard shell of gator foam does well but, the foam core gets burned and eaten away.

Textiles & Others:

  • Cloth- Leathers, suede, felt, hemp, cotton
  • Paper – Cardstock, cardboard,
  • Rubber – These can only be used if they do not contain chlorine Teflon (PTFE,
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene)
  • Woods – MDF, balsam, birch, poplar, red oak, cherry, holly, etc.

Materials that can’t or should not be cut with a laser:

  • Metals (exceptions of etching = Using TherMark. Cutting = HP models “Oxygen/Air assist”
  • Polycarbonate (PC, Lexan) due to the fumes.
  • Any material containing chlorine
    • PVC (Cintra) – contains chlorine
    • Vinyl – contains chlorine

HP (High Pressure) materials include all the above guidelines and as listed:

  • Stainless steel up to 18 gauge
  • Mild steel up to 20 gauge
  • Thicker and denser woods

Laser Engraving