Laser Isn't Cutting Through Material

3 common issues can cause your laser cutter to not cut through the material you are using, assuming you are using a material that is laserable with a 40W laser cutter:

 

1) Material Variation

Most materials have some natural variation. The most common cause for not cutting through is that your material isn’t perfectly flat, so the laser is out of focus as it gets closer/further away from the material. Differences in material composition can also prevent the laser from cutting through (areas with more glue in plywood, pockets of air, knots it wood, etc.). Always store materials in a flat, dry area with something heavy on top to prevent warping.

2) Laser Head Isn't Focused

Make sure your laser head is focused.

3) Incorrect Settings

Validate that you have the correct material selected and/or appropriate cut settings selected. You may need to adjust settings provided in the library up/down 5-10%.

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