You have a great idea for signage, you worked hard on the concept, and now you need to bring it to life. You bring your artwork to the printer and they look at you and ask… “Do you want this on PETG or acrylic?” That question might not mean a thing to you. After all, you probably aren’t a material scientist. The better question might have been, “What will your sign encounter?”
Lasers are versatile tools that can be used for a host of applications – from costly alloys to more traditional materials. But like any process, laser cutting is not without its weaknesses, despite all of the strengths and advantages it offers. A proper understanding of both the strengths and limitations of laser cutting is critical for determining whether or not a laser is the best tool for your cutting needs.
While there is a wide range of materials you are capable of printing on, some are unsuitable to use, others downright dangerous. Because of their chemical make-up, certain types of materials should not be engraved or cut with a laser.