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Laser Cutting PlasticsTrotec lasers are widely used for cutting acrylic material, but can also process other plastics such as polycarbonate, polypropylene and polyethylene.

Material not exceeding 1mm in thickness provides the best results. Combining the laser cutting system with one of the Trotec exhaust systems, enhances processing and manages the dust caused by the cutting process. This allows laser processing to be very environmentally friendly.

As compared to traditional techniques, the laser cutting offers the following benefits:

Fast cutting speed

Flexibility due to the non-contact nature of lasers

Minimized or no tooling

Seal edges in the cut

Nesting software to minimize waste

Cost effective, even in small production runs

Laser cutting and engraving plastics like PP, PET, PC , PMMA, PS, PES, PA

Trotec laser machines can be used to laser cut and mark a wide variety of plastics. Whether you want to laser cut plastic material or laser engrave polyethylene and silicone, a Trotec laser offers the optimum system for your needs.

How does laser cutting of plastics work?

One of the most common laser plastic uses is cutting acrylic. But other plastics like polycarbonate, polypropylene and polyethylene, can also be cut with a Trotec laser. CO2 lasers are normally used for laser cutting of plastics.

What are the benefits of using a Trotec laser to cut and engrave plastics?

Laser cutting, laser engraving and laser etching of plastics offers a number of benefits, dependent on the plastic used. When laser cutting acrylic, a flame polished cutting edge is produced. When working with polycarbonate films, the laser can score the plastic thanks to a smoke-residue free cut and its high processing speed. Laser cutting polyester will produce a cleanly sealed cutting edge. Many commercially used plastics can be durably marked and engraved using a Trotec laser, are forgery-proof and the finished product is of exceptionally high quality.

How does laser marking and laser engraving of plastics work?

High flexibility of the laser and short set up times means economical marking of even small batch sizes. Normally clear texts, datamatrix codes or logos are applied to the plastic. Fiber lasers are mainly used for marking and engraving of plastics. The following plastics are especially good for marking and engraving: ABS, PA, PI, PES, PC.

Why do laser machines cut faster than a cutting plotter?

Accurately adjusted axis drives and an innovative control technology guarantees that laser cutting with Trotec systems is fast and exceptionally accurate. Unlike in cutting plotters, there is no material resistance when using the laser and as a result, working with the laser is faster. It is also not necessary to lift or turn the laser beam with a knife like a cutting plotter. Trotec laser systems make full use of the speed and detail advantages, especially when working with fine geometries.

Do I have to fix the material to the working surface?

No, you don't. The laser doesn't exert any pressure on the plastic during the process, thefore you you don't have to clamp or fix the material. Simply insert the piece of plastic you wish to work with and start the laser process. This saves both time and money throughout the process.

Plastics that can be cut, marked and engraved with a Trotec laser

Download the latest Trotec Laser PDF Brochure for more information