What’s the difference between ABS Engraving Plastic and Acrylic based engraving plastics?

Laser Q&ACategory: Application QuestionsWhat’s the difference between ABS Engraving Plastic and Acrylic based engraving plastics?
Alfex Laser Staff asked 6 months ago
1 Answers
Jordan Staff answered 6 months ago

ABS is typically used to make engraving plastics suitable for rotary engraving machines and does not work particularly well with laser engravers.
 
It may provide ok engraving results but will discolour and smell when laser cut. ABS is also cheaper and is not suitable for outdoor use.
 
In comparison laser engraving plastics are acrylic based and provide clean engraving and cutting results for both laser and rotary machines. Acrylic based materials are more expensive and are UV/weather stable so they can be used for outdoor applications. 
 
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