Wood for Laser Engraving

Wood for Laser Engraving

Hardwood is heavy, expensive, and dark in color but they are weather resistant and can last for hundreds of years.

Since hardwoods are having a high grain density, there is a lot of wood material for the laser to vaporize.

They will produce thick smoke which can reduce your operational visibility and sometimes can be hazardous to your health.

I would recommend cutting hardwoods in a good ventilated setup with air assist and smoke extractor running at the same time.

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Wood Types For Laser Cutting
Here are a couple of different types of woods that you could try on your laser cutter depending on your model.
Soft Woods
Softer woods, such as balsa and poplar, can be laser cut quicker with a lower level of power. There will be a smaller contrast if the wood is lighter.
Hard Woods
Oak and cherry are usually denser than other woods and require higher levels of power for laser cutting. But, when compared to softwoods, hardwoods offer more contrast when they become engraved.
Because veneered wood is produced with real wood on the surface, you can laser cut it just like you can with solid wood panels.
A decent option for many different laser cutting projects, plywood comes in a wide variety of types and sizes. But, if you select plywood, then make sure to pick an option that is explicitly marketed for laser use like a Baltic Birch.
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