Laser Cutter / Engraver Materials and Settings (trotec Speedy 300)
Where to get materials
We also recognize users will want to experiment with new exotic materials. Here at The Edge we love seeing people experiment. But we need to check that new materials are safe to cut. There are many materials which produce extremely harmful (potentially deadly) fumes when cut, and for that reason we are very cautious about the materials that can be used in our laser cutters.
We sell a supply of safe materials for laser through our shop which includes sheets of plywood, acrylic, polypropylene, cardboard, paper, veneer, rubber stamp, etc which are from known safe suppliers.
Buying known safe suppliers/ranges
You can also purchase materials but they must come from known safe product ranges/suppliers. Not all acrylic and plywood is created equal! Some known safe products/suppliers are listed below. If you wish to use these items in our laser cutter you will need to bring along your invoice for these so we can compare the item to this list.
- Acrylic sheets:
- The sheets must be acrylic or petg and not contain mirror/metal flakes. If in doubt, please contact us.
- 100% silk fabrics
- Natural, vegetable-tanned, leathers/suedes
- PVA wood glue (Parafix or Selleys Indoor)
Bringing in new materials
Should you wish to cut something from outside these ranges you will need to get a MSDS for the product and submit it to us, along with a sample of the product so we can test it, in a process which is destructive to that sample. This process takes some time, and provides no guarantee that your item will be approved as safe for use. Please contact us if you would like to use materials that aren't purchased through us or from the list above.
Some examples of forbidden materials (in our laser cutters) include:
- ABS (produces canide gas)
- PVC (produces chlorine gas)
- MDF (the glues used to make these produce various toxic gasses)
Below you will find a table of approved materials and their settings for trotec Speedy 300 Laser Cutter/Engraver
This is our core range of materials, we sell these onsite through our shop.
|Wood, Ply||4mm||Cut||100||1.2||1000||1||-||Plywood and Panel, A/C Grade Hoop Pine|
|Wood, Ply||4mm||Engrave||90||90||500||1||4mm||Plywood and Panel, A/C Grade Hoop Pine|
|Wood, Ply||6.9mm||Cut||100||0.4||1000||1||-||Plywood and Panel, A/C Grade Hoop Pine|
|Wood, Ply||6.9mm||Engrave & Greyscale||90||90||500||1||4mm||Plywood and Panel, A/C Grade Hoop Pine|
|Wood, Ply||6.9mm||Deep Engrave||70||40||1000||3||4mm||Plywood and Panel, A/C Grade Hoop Pine|
|Wood, Ply||6.9mm||Score Line||10||1||1000||1||4||Plywood and Panel, A/C Grade Hoop Pine|
These are materials we don't normally stock, but we may have a bit of, or you can purchase and bring in (please talk to us first as there is an approval process)
|Plastic, PETG||0.7mm||Score Line||50||2||1000||1||-|
|Cardboard, Corrugated||single ply 4mm||Cut||60||2||1000||1||-|
|Cardboard, Corrugated||single ply 4mm||Engrave||50||60||500||1||4mm|