Polymer Identification by Burnination

polymerA very helpful video found on the web.  Its demonstrates how to identify materials before you laser cut or engrave them.  A must watch video, Polymer Identification by Burnination.

Many thanks to Zach “lowa” Hoeken for making this video

Good & Bad Materials

Another good reference of materials NOT to cut can be found at the atxhackerspace.org They also list materials that can be cut.  Its a good read please take the time to go have a look.


PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) /vinyl/pleather/artifical leaher as these give off PURE CHORINE GAS when lasered.

ABS as it gives off CYANIDE gas

Make sure you read the article linked above