We recommend purchasing plywood from either Bunnings, Plyco (Fairfield) or a good independent supplier. If opting for an independent supplier, ask questions to ensure you are buying a material that is safe to laser cut.
Please refer to “Section 5.1: Prohibited Materials” and “Section 5.2: Suitable Materials” for an extended list/ advice on materials for laser cutting
When bringing materials into the workshop, always try to have at least the name of the material you are wishing to laser cut.
Always show unlisted materials to the technical staff. They will advise you on if your material may be cut. If your material is appropriate for laser cutting, the technical staff will create custom settings that you may use.
Ideally, you could bring a small sample of material in advance so that staff can determine whether it can be cut, and if yes - that can be used to perfect settings.
Show your material to the technical staff. If they are unable to identify the material you have, you will be required to ask the supplier. If no information can be found, you will not be allowed to laser cut the material.
Smoking material is material that continues to smoke once the laser head has moved on. This is an early warning sign that a fire may occur. In the event that material continues to smoke, the machine should be stopped immediately and technical staff notified to investigate the cause.