Polyethylene laser approval

So I want to laser some Polyethylene foam sheets.

Here is the material data safety sheet. did not find it listed on the approved or banned materials list. Can we Laser this material?

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The LCC is looking into this.

The msds provided here is is “polyethylene” in general.

Can provide msds for the specific foam that you want approved?


As far I know i just bought generic polyethylene packing foam. this looks pretty close but is not specific to the one I have. The best i can do.

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Hi guys,

I also have a general interest in being able to cut EPE (Expanded Polyethylene) Foam in the future.
Possibly 1/2" or maybe 3/4" at the most.
It has better thermal insulating properties than EVA foam, so there are a few applications that I like EPE a little better.

Here is a link to Universal Laser Systems page regarding this material, with a note that we have a 10.6 micron laser that is listed as working: Polyethylene Foam - Laser Cutting & Engraving | ULS

Found a Safety Data Sheet Here: https://www.pregis.com/globalassets/safety-data-sheets/osha-ghs-content---pe-foam-products-naturalcolor-30-july-2019.pdf

I found a link to an MSDS for the material here: EPE MSDS - Google Docs
and here: https://amconfoam.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/MSDS-EPE.pdf

It seems fairly benign, with no major notes on toxic gases etc…

I also found a physical data sheet at FoamByMail (possible source): https://canada.foambymail.com/polyethylene-foam-sheet.html

No hurry, and thanks in advance to the awesome LCC!

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