Laser rubber cut and engrave
Silicone rubber has excellent resistance to heat. It also withstands weathering.
Artistic, electronics, furniture, jewellery, mechanical, model making, stamp making, robotics & engineering.
Laser cutting silicon rubber gets very messy! The heat from the laser causes black dust & residues to build up on the both surfaces. These will need to be wiped away once you receive your job.
Cut widths & Kerf
The Kerf (the amount the laser takes away when cutting) is quite this at + / – 0.5mm intricate shapes on silicon rubber. As a benchmark, we recommend that the minimum cut widths be no smaller than the corresponding thickness of the material.
Raster & Vector engraving
Laser engraves with an ok clarity. Engraving tends to be dark in colour with little contrast to the already black surface. When your engraving covers a large surface area the engraver is more likely to produce lines within the engraved surface. This is caused by the pulsing of the laser. While it appears that the laser actually is firing constantly, when processing a job it actually quickly turns on and turns off which is known as pulsing. It is this pulsing which creates a slightly textured appearance in the engraving. For large surface areas we tend to engrave a bit slower to keep this to a minimum but for some applications it is unavoidable.