Everything you want to know about lasering on plastics

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Thank you @HalfNormal

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Thanks, this a great and simple guide to understanding cutting and lasering on plastics. The overview table is very useful.

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Added to What can I cut with a laser cutter/engraver?

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Intro post updated with document, which is now hosted at https://synrad.com/sites/default/files/2017-06/Technical%20Application%20Article%20Laser%20Processing%20Guide%20Plastics_0.pdf

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Reviewing that document, it has no safety notes for fluoropolymers. Our summary mentions toxic fumes and I believe that is correct. Also, note that the plastic type headers get out of sync with plastic types described for a few slides.

@NedMan this list says that polyoxymethylene (POM, Delrin) releases formaldehyde gas. We didn’t have that in our list before. I added it to the our list; does it make sense to you?

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Yes. According to the Sci. Lit. formaldehyde is one of the major thermal oxidative or pyrolysis products of POM.

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