Foams made of polyester (PES), polyethylene (PE) or polyurethane (PUR) are well suited for laser cutting, laser engraving and laser marking. Foam is used for suitcase inserts or padding, and for seals. Apart from these, laser cut foam is also used for artistic applications, such as souvenirs or photo frames, for example.
Film materials suitable for laser cutting:
In this video we show you how to laser cut foam to create foam inserts for industrial tools. These custom mat foam inserts are made from polyethylene foam (PE foam or PEF), which are laser friendly to cut and engrave. These foam inserts are ideal for organizing and storing industrial tools, instruments, promotional items, awards and any objects you would like to display in a professional manner.
We do advise to always double check the MSDS sheet of any PEF sheet you're going to laser, and ask our Technical staff if the material is safe to cut or engrave.
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What is special about laser cutting of foam?
The laser is a highly flexible tool: Everything is possible, from prototype construction through to series production. You can work directly from the design program, which is very important especially in the area of rapid prototyping. Compared to the complex water jet cutting process, the laser is significantly faster, more flexible and more efficient. Foam cutting with a laser machine will produce cleanly fused and sealed edges.
Do I have to fixate the material on the working surface?
No. The laser does not exert any pressure on the foam 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.