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Laser cutting vinyl?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by TomK, Nov 14, 2020.

  1. TomK

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    Stickergiant has a cool facebook ad running talking about how they use lasers for their die and kiss cut vinyl lam stickers, which is an awesome ad btw.

    Just curious if they use special vinyls for this? I've read and been told that laser cutting regular vinyl is a no no due to the gas that is released.

    Also curious what lasers would read reg marks like this, or is it a completely different print and cut workflow that a normal wideformat and summa setup would use?
     
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    When lasers cut PVC based products like SAV it releases chlorine gas, which is not only extremely bad to breathe in, it also corrodes the aluminum inside the laser machine, not we have used our laser cutter to cut very small amounts of vinyl for certain applications, but I wouldn't do it regularly thats for sure!

    Most laser cutters have camera systems now for print cut applications

    Summa makes a large format laser cutter for cutting fabrics and textiles, I assume this is what they are using.
     
  3. TomK

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    Yea exactly what I've read. I know there is special vinyl that is laser friendly, but no idea the cost. Maybe they are using that?
     
  4. Christian @ 2CT Media

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    Their decals are not Vinyl. They use BOPP materials and polyester lams.
     
  5. TomK

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    What's bopp?
     
  6. P Wagner

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    Polypropylene
     
  7. TomK

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    Interesting, reading on PP and it says best for indoor use only.
     
  8. Jester1167

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    All the major brands have adopted a non-PVC version of their print material; 3M IJ480c then ORAJET 3981, Avery MPI 1405. You might research them. P.S. all companies use the same vinyl facestock because of patent rights.
     
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  9. Christian @ 2CT Media

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    BOPP is Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene. It is widespread in the label and sticker markets.
     
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