Proceedings PaperCutting And Engraving Of Materials With A CO2 Laser
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Owing to its special characteristics, radiation of a CO2 laser may be used as an efficient tool for processing materials. The present paper describes some possible applications which have been developed with a low power (50 W) laser for cutting and/or engraving various non-metallic materials - acrylics, cardboard, veneer, natural and synthetic leather, glass, ceramics, etc. - as well as marking of anodized aluminium. In each case operational conditions leading to best results were found experimentally, acting on parameters like laser power, processing speed, assist gas or suction.