In the list below various materials are listed regarding if it is safe to cut/engrave them respectively what toxic substances are generated when burning this materials.
If you have information regarding safety fore some materials, please add them. Especially useful would be some info from people who have in depth knowledge in chemistry!
A nice overview is available on the Austin ATX Hackerspace website : http://atxhackerspace.org/wiki/Laser_Cutter_Materials
|general material name||more precise description||yes or no||name of user who entered this line||comments regarding what toxic substances are generated, …||Source of information (link, …)|
|paper||plain office paper||no||daniel_s||should be safe, only “normal” smoke will be generated||???|
|PVC||polyvinyl chloride, eg. as foil, …||yes||daniel_s||if PVC burns, HCl (hydrochloric acid: toxic irritant) and dioxin (toxic carcinogenic) are generated||Wikipedia article about PVC, section “Dioxins”|