Laser cutting is one of the best procedures you can consider to make a wide range of items. Lately, the usage and popularity of laser cutters have seen a surge, and this can be attributed to the benefits they offer. For instance, laser cutting is accurate, it's easy to use and it enhances work speed. However, it is crucial to maintain safety while using a laser cutter, so whether you are using an industrial machine or a hobby laser for the first time, be sure to consider the following tips to stay safe.
Know how to use the laser cutter
It is the operator's responsibility to understand how to use a laser cutter safely. So, before you turn on any laser machine, be sure to study the machine. Manufacturers provide user manuals that offer specific detail about the device, so begin by reading it to understand all the directions and safety measures you must remember. For instance, you will know all the safety equipment you will need to have before you start working. Some safety precautions and signs should also be shared when you are working in a workshop with others to ensure everyone is informed.
Determine the materials you can engrave or cut
One of the primary reasons why most people today use laser machines is the fact that it can be used to cut or engrave different materials. But there are some materials that can't be processed — these are the materials that form toxic gases or are challenging to cut through. What's more, the power and features of the laser cutter you use will determine how effective the machine will be.
Some of the materials you can cut or engrave with this machine include wood, cardboard, plywood (with external glue), leather (vegetable-tanned), felt, acrylic, cotton, polypropylene, high-density polyethylene, marble, granite, stone tiles, slate, stainless steel, glass, aluminium and ceramic.
Materials that shouldn't be processed with a laser machine include beryllium oxide, carbon fibres, polytetrafluoroethylenes, polyvinyl butyrale, polyvinyl chloride and other materials that contain halogens (iodine, chlorine, fluorine and bromine), phenolic resins or epoxy.
Maintain cleanliness in the workshop
Why is it essential to maintain cleanliness in your worksite or workshop? Cleansing your workshop will minimise the risk of accidents and other safety problems. Many people, however, do not know that those tiny particles the laser produces can easily become a fire hazard. For this reason, you should consider cleaning the workshop each time you finish your work or during the day if you are in a busy workshop.