There are different types of plywood to choose from, so it can be difficult for beginners to choose one. However, it becomes easier if you know what factors to consider.
First, you need to check the type of plywood and the color of the plywood. The color of plywood depends on your requirements and preferences. The type of plywood will give you a better idea of resin content, texture, available shades and finishes.
You also need to look at the wood grain. It might look unappealing to the product you're making, or it might add to its beauty. You can find out the resin content by searching. If the resin content is high, the engraving will be darker. But if the resin content is low, the engraving will be very light.
Once these factors are considered, you can easily select the right plywood for your job. Below are some plywood types and their details. It will give you a better idea of what you need to see.
Bamboo Plywood Bamboo plywood is known for its excellent cutting results. It is available in a variety of shades.
It takes on an attractive light brown color around the edges. It has a very distinct natural lining or wood grain. If you don't want a dense texture then this is not the plywood for you.
birch plywood Beginners can start their laser engraving and cutting journey with this plywood. It is one of the most commonly purchased plywood for laser cutting and engraving.
The look, finish and color of the plywood are outstanding. It cuts faster and effortlessly.
hoop loose Hoop Pine plywood has an incredible finish and can be used to make high end and luxury goods according to quality/grade. It has a smooth texture and looks suitable for sculpting too. It is strong, durable and waterproof.
Other types of plywood suitable for laser cutting and engraving are,
Walnut plywood cherry wood plywood Basswood Plywood maple plywood ash plywood Bubinga plywood Oak plywood (white/red) Pine Plywood Ash plywood mahogany plywood
Best Plywood Cutting Laser Machine
Atomstack A10 Pro is a diode laser engraving and cutting machine. The best thing about this machine is that it can be used for engraving and cutting as you can change the laser module for the task.
The 20W laser module is the most powerful diode laser module in the world and can cut 10mm of basswood in one pass. This is the perfect laser machine for cutting plywood quickly and easily. You can achieve higher productivity with this cutting machine.
Thanks to its unique laser technology, the machine is able to cut thicker plywood compared to similar products on the market. It uses multiple laser sources inside the laser module, the beams of all sources are combined on a fine spot. It makes the laser more powerful.
10W modules are also available. It is suitable for cutting and engraving. It can cut up to 6mm of basswood plywood at one time. In addition, the laser spot size is only 0.08 x 0.06 mm for fine engraving.
You can also get a 5W laser module for the A10 Pro. It is specially designed for engraving. The laser spot is only 0.06 x 0.06 mm to ensure finer details. It can cut up to 3mm of basswood plywood at one time.
The work area is large enough, measuring 430 x 390 mm. Plus, the cutting and engraving is incredible. If you attach Air Assist, you don't need to worry about burn marks and wood color changes.
The safety features of the A10 Pro make it the perfect machine for wood or plywood cutting/engraving. It has a flame detection feature that alerts the user if there is any flame and automatically stops the machine during the process.
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Laser engraving is a popular option that provides a permanent and legible marking on an object through etching, ablation, or deep laser engraving. It is similar to laser marking, but the resulting appearance differs due to the depth of laser penetration.
Laser engraving is commonly used to create permanent serial markings on substrates made of: Metal, Wood, Plastic, Leather.
Benefits Of Laser Engraving Over Traditional Processes
Compared to manual engraving:
Minimally Invasive: Laser engraving can be performed at a range of depths without any direct contact at all. Surface marks can even be done on stainless steel with no depth. Overall, lasers are less damaging than manual engraving and keep the substrate material’s physical integrity intact.
Precise: Lasers provide a level of control that’s impossible to achieve manually. Compared to hand-engraving, the process is swift, clean, and highly repeatable, with little room for human error.
Versatile: A single laser engraving machine can be used to create a host of different designs with only minimal calibration. They can also produce exceptionally complex patterns.
Affordable: On average, laser devices last longer than other engraving machines and require less maintenance, resulting in savings that can be passed along to the consumer.
Fast: Lasers can be programmed to render virtually any design in a matter of moments. Because the process is automated, it’s easy to scale production runs as needed according to demand.
Long-Lasting: Laser-engraved designs are permanent but can wear over time, depending on the substrate material that’s used. Soft metals, for example, may experience more signs of wear than hardwood. In general, however, laser-engraved designs tend to have a longer lifespan compared to other engraving methods.