CO2 lasers are ideally suited for acrylic cutting, such as for applications like signage, displays and other presentation items. The laser can provide flame polished edges without the need for post-processing. Successful acrylic cutting depends on a variety of factors. This includes the material itself, the type of CO2 laser used and the power of the laser.
The power setting used is relative to the formulation of the acrylic material, thickness of the acrylic and the desired throughput of the machine. In general terms, the higher the output power the faster you can cut the material.
Cutting Acrylic with a CO2 laser - Advantages Compared to Conventional Methods:
High Cutting Speed
Contact-Free and Tool-Free Processing
Clean, Flame Polished Edges
Easy Part Handling
Very Cost-Effective, even with Small Batch Sizes
Laser cutting PMMA, acrylic, Plexiglas®, Perspex®, and more with Trotec lasers
Trotec CO2 lasers are ideal for laser cutting acrylic, for example when producing illuminated or neon advertising displays, signs or POS/POP displays. When laser cutting acrylic, the result is dependent on the type of acrylic material, the CO2 laser used, and the performance of the laser cutting machine. With Trotec laser systems, you can save up to 88% on acrylic laser cutting costs.
How does cutting and engraving of acrylic with a laser work?
A Trotec laser produces crystal clear cutting edges and inner contours, and the material doesn't require any additional after-treatment. When you engrave acrylic glass and Plexiglas, the laser removes the surfaces. Cast PMMA is cut without burrs, and no time intensive and costly manual flame polishing of the cutting edge is required.
What effect can I achieve on acrylic glass and Plexiglas®?
With a Trotec laser, you can replicate even the most delicate geometries or photos on acrylic. The inner edges are crystal clear and flame polished, creating a stunning finish. In addition, your business can increase profitability by introducing new products.
The intelligent air flow and precise axis drives, which are standard on Trotec laser systems, ensure optimal results when laser cutting Acrylglas®. Low reflection aluminum support lamellas also guarantee items you laser cut or engrave turn out perfect every time.
What happens with the vapors produced during acrylic cutting?
Vapors are extracted and filtered within the engraving compartment, which also saves time on cleaning the laser system. Plus, unlike milling cutters, there are no chips produced when laser cutting plexiglass (these chips normally need to be disposed of at a high cost afterwards, so you're saving time and money).
Do I have to grip the material to the working surface?
No. The laser doesn't exert any pressure on the material during the process, therefore clamping or any type of fixing to the working surface is not required. Simply insert the piece of acrylic who wish to work with and start the laser process. When acrylic is cut by milling, the material must be clamped in place and often be fixed with a vacuum. Using a Trotec laser saves time and money preparing the material and throughout the process.
The i-Cut® Vision registration-mark recording and cut-path compensation system recognizes distortions in printed materials and precisely aligns the cut path. It is indispensable in the acrylic industry, to avoid the waste of valuable materials and for accurate cutting results with printed acrylic.