Foam is a very well-suited material for laser cutting, laser engraving and laser marking, especially that which contains polyester (PES), polyethylene (PE or polyurethane (PUR). Foam can be used for suitcase inserts, padding in bags or even seals. You can also use laser cut foam for artistic purposes – souvenirs or photo frames. Ultimately, you can do just about anything with laser processed foam!
Foams Suitable for Laser Cutting:
- Polyester (PES)
- Polyethylene (PE)
- Polyurethane (PUR)
“Why should I use a Trotec laser to cut foam?”
Using a laser machine as a foam cutter presents you with a very flexible tool – from prototype construction to series production… The sky is your only limit! You can work directly from your chosen design or graphics program, which is very important when rapid prototyping. A laser machine is very fast, flexible and efficient, especially in comparison to some of the complex water jet cutting processes out there. So, with Trotec, you can save time, effort and money. Foam cutting with a laser machine can produce sharp, clean and sealed edges, which is something you will find quite difficult with other technologies.
“Do I have to stick the material to the working bed?”
No – the laser will not exert any pressure on your foam during the laser process. So, clamping, sticking or any other kind of fixation is not necessary. All you need to do is insert the workpiece into the laser cutting machine and begin the laser process. This will save you a lot of time and money during the preparation of your material, as well as eliminating all material waste.