laser-friendly materials

approved materials

material etch cut
woods
wood / wood veneer yes yes (up to 1/4" thick)
plywood (we recommend baltic birch) yes yes (up to 1/4" thick)
coatings
milk paint yes yes
water-based stain yes yes
shellac yes yes
adhesives
elmer's yes yes
mod podge yes yes
pellon wonder under yes yes
plastics
acrylic yes yes (up to 1/4" thick)
delrin yes yes
melamine yes yes
mylar yes yes
corian yes yes
ceramic / tile /stone
glass yes no
ceramic yes no
tile yes no
marble yes no
metals
anodized aluminum yes no
fabrics / leather
cloth (only natural fibers) yes yes
leather yes yes
felt (natural blends only) yes yes
paper products
matte board yes yes
paper yes yes
pressboard yes yes
cork
cork yes no
foods
banana yes no (too watery)
chocolate yes no (gets melty)
nori yes yes
potato yes no (too watery)
pumpkin yes no (too watery)
tortilla yes (drier = better) yes (drier = better)

prohibited materials

pvc
vinyl (includes protective plastic sheeting on acrylic)
pvc foams
foam core
polymer clay
styrofoam
polycarbonate
abs
mdf
rubber
fiberglass

materials that are sold as ‘laserable’ are not necessarily approved for use at our shop. please request the msds for any materials sold online as ‘laserable.’

want to test a new material?!

for materials not listed above, please speak to MakeATX staff for approval before lasing. prepare to show the material safety data sheet (MSDS) for the material you wish to use. please contact the manufacturer of your material to request the MSDS.