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.
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.
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.