Best types of wood for laser cutting?
Thanks for the info. My local lumber shop has 1/8" birch so I'll give that a try.
As for fumes, I built myself an enclosure using an Ikea hack and its ventilated using a 4" inline fan. I 'm in the process of making a Youtube video on that but I've got so many things on go. Someday...
Not sure if this is of help as I recently upgraded my A3 pro with a 10w Endurance laser, but I have experimented with cutting about 15 species of wood, plus laser grade veneered mdf, laser grade plywood - birch, poplar & veneered. I have found solid wood is much easier to cut that mdf or plywood.
The easiest of woods to cut (in no particular order) were beech, walnut, pine, poplar. I haven't tried cutting balsa as it is too light a wood for the type of work I do, but assume it would also be pretty easy.
Oak is also cuttable but the grain can be an issue, so not always consistent.
Mahogany, utile, sapele - very difficult to cut
Hope that's of some help!
Thanks for the great info! I'll make note of your findings.
Really jealous of your 10w Endurance laser. That must be awesome to work with.
Have a look at this... 15 Watt machine on ebay & will push 8 watts output all day.
Looks cool & with Air Assist too, no loose wires dangling about & proper electrical enclosures.
That looks great as well.
But with that being said, the great thing about the Eleskmaker A3 Pro is the value you get from it.
The high powered variants are awesome but they would cost well over $1,000 and you'd still need to build an enclosure and ventilation system. With 40W lasers going for half that price, the cost:performance ratio starts to get out of hand. Well, at least for hobby users like me.
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which type of wood is best for cutting
Maple. Both soft and hard maple make for excellent cutting surfaces. ...
Beech. Measuring 1,300 lbf on the hardness scale, this food-safe, closed-grained hardwood is non-damaging to knives and offers stellar scratch and impact resistance outdone only by hard maple All of these woods you can buy here https://sheetmaterialswholesale.co.uk/
@Earld1945 Beech and Maple are both good suggestions, Alder and my favourite Birch also laser well.