I was wondering if anybody has had any luck laser cutting hardboard. Specifically 1/4 inch Hardboard. I am trying to make a cake topper for a friend’s wedding and cannot get the laser to cut through the material. I have actually had no luck cutting any material to this point.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I tried a few test files and the integrated Lightburn test run with no luck.
Thank you in advance
I have only cut 1/8 inch hardboard with my SainSmart Genmitsu 5.5w laser. I wasn’t able to cut it until I slowed the speed down. Looking at your speed numbers I’m guessing they are in mm/min. On the advise of someone else on this forum I cut my hardboard at 120mm/min so maybe you are a little too fast at 600.
@_Michael thank you for replying. I will try a slower speed. Should I reduce the power too? I am trying to cut without the burn.
Did you run a test cut file or just create a shape? Also do you know what you did for number of passes and z-step?
Sorry for all the questions.
@BrandonB In my testing, the laser will fry anything that thick before it actually cuts through it. If you are to have any luck at all, make sure that you have the setting to drop Z down after each pass turned on. Also, use a G2 lens. Even then, I wouldn’t count on getting good results on 1/4" material. If the project allows, you will be much better off using the router.
If you go manage to get good results with the laser, please post your power and feed settings.
I used 5 passes at 85% power with 0.75mm z step. My laser is not as powerful as the laser beam so you might burn at that power, I don’t know. As far as the shape and test file goes, I think I ran a test but I can’t find it. The project was making little stackable boxes.
Good luck, I have never cut anything that thick with the my laser.
I’ve had some success cutting through maple and cherry, and more consistent success cutting through baltic birch plywood all 1/4 inch thick. Speed is set at 10mm/sec at 100% power with 30 passes and the G2 lens. But I just came across some ultra thin plywood at 1.5mm thick which I used all the same settings and still had to do 30 passes. Not sure why the inconsistencies but I just keep making passes until it cuts through. If anyone has any insight I’m open to ideas as well.
Hello @Arborister. Did you happen to use the z step or just do 30 passes?