Laser Cutting Acrylic 

PMMA, acrylic, Plexiglas®, Perspex®, and many more

CO2 lasers are particularly well suited for laser cutting acrylic, for instance for the production of illuminated or neon advertising displays, signs, POS/POP displays, etc. When laser cutting acrylic, the result depends on various components – first and foremost the material itself, but also the COlaser used, and the performance of the laser cutting machine.

With Trotec laser systems, you can save up to 88% in costs for acrylic cutting.

Acrylic types suitable for
laser cutting:

Acrylic glass  Plexiglas® PMMA 
Perspex®  Altuglas® Acrylite®

Trotec offers a wide range of laser and rotary engraving materials.
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Trotec Engraving Materials

  Material overview

 

How does cutting and engraving of acrylic with a laser work?
The laser cut produces crystal-clear cutting edges and inner contours and no additional after-treatment of the material is required. Cast PMMA is cut without burrs. No cost- and time-intensive manual flame polishing of the cutting edge is required. When engraving acrylic glass and Plexiglas, the laser removes the surfaces.

What effect can I achieve on acrylic glass and Plexiglas®?
With the laser, you can realize even the most delicate geometries or photo-engravings on acrylic. The inner edges are crystal-clear and flame-polished, and the laser user generates added value with the new products.
Precise axis drives and intelligent air flow of the Trotec systems ensure always optimal results when laser cutting Acrylglas®. Low-reflection aluminum support lamellas guarantee that workpieces always turn out perfect.

What about the vapors produced during acrylic cutting?
Vapors are extracted and filtered directly in the engraving compartment. This saves time during cleaning of the system. Unlike milling cutters, no chips, which need to be disposed of at high cost afterwards, are produced during laser cutting of plexiglass.

Do I have to fixate the material on the working surface?
No. The laser does not exert any pressure on the material during the process, clamping or any other type of fixation is therefore not required. Simply insert the workpiece and start the laser process. This saves time and money during the preparation of the material. When acrylic is cut by milling, on the other hand, the plate material must be clamped in place and often be fixated with a vacuum.
 

Contact us if you need more tips on engraving and cutting of acrylic or plexiglass.

Trotec product recommendation 

  • Speedy 100: The upgradable CO2 compact laser for demanding entry-level users

    Speedy 100

    Upgradable CO2 laser engraver for demanding entry-level users
    Work Area:   24 x 12 inch   ♦   lasertype:   CO2  laser, flatbed
  • Speedy 300 laser engraver

    Speedy 300

    CO2 flatbed laser machine for engraving different materials
    Work Area:   29 x 17 inch   ♦   lasertype:   CO2 laser, flatbed
  • Speedy 400 laser machine

    Speedy 400

    CO2 laser engraving machine for engraving different materials
    Work Area:   39 x 24 inch   ♦   lasertype:   CO2 laser, flatbed
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