Laser-cutting technology has advanced to a point where even materials once deemed “difficult” can now be efficiently cut. Today, laser cutters with modest power, up to a few hundred watts, are commonly found in home workshops. The largest machines can cut steel up to 100 mm thick at impressive speeds. With proper methods, even challenging materials like stainless steel can be cleanly cut. 

However, there are still considerations for selecting materials for laser cutting. While many materials are suitable, some perform better than others. Here are some common laser-cutting materials Acrylic, Plywood, MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard, Cardboard, POM (Polyoxymethylene, Delrin®, or acetal copolymer), Foam, Metal, Leather, Plastic, Cork, Textiles, and Papers.  

While laser cutting offers immense versatility, not all materials are suitable due to factors like melting, burning, reflectivity, flammability, and toxicity. Careful selection and adherence to safety precautions are essential for successful laser-cutting operations.