Monport Laser, Co2 Laser Cut and Engrave Parameters

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Monport Laser, Co2 Laser Cut and Engrave Parameters - 50-150W

 

 

It is important to note that there are several factors that affect the results of your machine’s cutting and engraving. These factors include:

     Making sure the laser tube is properly leveled

     Having mirrors #1 and #2 properly aligned and firing towards the center

     Making sure the laser beam is exiting the nozzle towards the center (The level of the Laser Head and Mirror #3 can be adjusted if needed)

     Making sure the focusing of the laser is adequate (you should be getting a small sharp dot between .1mm -

.3mm in diameter) on your material after you pulse the machine at 15% power. A ramp test is always recommended.

     Proper air assist (lower PSI between 8-13 is recommended for engraving while 15-20+ PSI is recommended for more efficient cuts)

     Using a water chiller set at around (63-68F or 17-19C) also helps in maximizing efficiency, as it will maintain the laser tube in an adequate cool temperature producing a more efficient laser beam

     The focal length of the focal lens: A 1.5” focal length lens will allow better engraving quality, A 2” focal length lens will allow good engraving and cutting, 3” and 4” focal length lenses are better suited for cutting thicker materials

     Proper software settings

Average Cutting settings for Baltic Birch Wood of Various Thicknesses

 

Wattage

Parameter
Settings

1/16 in

 

1/8 in

 

1/4in

 

1/2in

 

3/4in

 

1in

1.2 in

1.4 in

50w

Speed

15 mm/s

10 mm/s

5 mm/s

3 mm/s

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Power

20 %

26 %

37 %

47 %

 

 

 

 

55w

Speed

17 mm/s

12 mm/s

5 mm/s

3 mm/s

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Power

20 %

25 %

35 %

46 %

 

 

 

 

60w

Speed

16 mm/s

12 mm/s

6 mm/s

4 mm/s

2 mm/s

N/A

N/A

N/A

Power

20 %

25 %

32 %

45 %

50 %

 

 

 

80w

Speed

25 mm/s

12 mm/s

7 mm/s

5 mm/s

4 mm/s

3 mm/s

N/A

N/A

Power

20 %

25 %

30 %

35 %

43 %

47 %

 

 

100w

Speed

30 mm/s

15 mm/s

7 mm/s

6 mm/s

5 mm/s

4 mm/s

2 mm/s

N/A

Power

20 %

25 %

28 %

35 %

40 %

45 %

55%

 

130w

Speed

35 mm/s

16 mm/s

8 mm/s

7 mm/s

6 mm/s

5 mm/s

3 mm/s

2 mm/s

Power

18 %

25 %

27 %

32 %

37 %

42 %

47 %

55 %

150w

Speed

40 mm/s

17 mm/s

9 mm/s

8 mm/s

7 mm/s

6 mm/s

4 mm/s

2 mm/s

Power

18 %

24 %

26 %

30 %

35 %

40 %

45 %

52 %

 

Average Cutting settings for Plexiglass Acrylic of Various Thicknesses

 

Wattage

Parameter
Settings

1/16 in

1/8 in

1/4in

1/2in

3/4in

1in

1.2 in

1.4 in

50w

Speed

20 mm/s

9 mm/s

4 mm/s

2 mm/s

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Power

20 %

25 %

45 %

50 %

 

 

 

 

55w

Speed

20 mm/s

11 mm/s

4 mm/s

2 mm/s

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Power

20 %

25 %

44 %

49 %

 

 

 

 

60w

Speed

20 mm/s

11 mm/s

5 mm/s

3 mm/s

2 mm/s

N/A

N/A

N/A

Power

20 %

25 %

37 %

48 %

58 %

 

 

 

80w

Speed

25 mm/s

12 mm/s

6 mm/s

4 mm/s

3 mm/s

1 mm/s

N/A

N/A

 

Power

18 %

25 %

35 %

45 %

55 %

60 %

 

 

100w

Speed

25 mm/s

14 mm/s

6 mm/s

5 mm/s

4 mm/s

1 mm/s

N/A

N/A

Power

18 %

25 %

33 %

43 %

53 %

58 %

 

 

130w

Speed

30 mm/s

15 mm/s

7 mm/s

6 mm/s

5 mm/s

2 mm/s

1 mm/s

N/A

Power

17 %

25 %

30 %

37 %

42 %

55 %

58 %

 

150w

Speed

35 mm/s

16 mm/s

8 mm/s

7 mm/s

6 mm/s

3 mm/s

2 mm/s

1 mm/s

Power

16 %

24 %

30 %

35 %

40 %

53 %

55 %

58 %

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Cutting Settings for Leather of Various Thicknesses

 

Wattage

Parameter
Settings

 

1/16 in

 

1/8 in

1/4in

 

1/2in

50w

Speed

20 mm/s

12 mm/s

3 mm/s

N/A

Power

23 %

30 %

32 %

 

55w

Speed

20 mm/s

12 mm/s

3 mm/s

N/A

Power

23 %

30 %

32 %

 

60w

Speed

20 mm/s

13 mm/s

4 mm/s

N/A

Power

20 %

28 %

35 %

 

80w

Speed

25 mm/s

18 mm/s

6 mm/s

4 mm/s

Power

18 %

28 %

32 %

40 %

100w

Speed

35 mm/s

23 mm/s

8 mm/s

5 mm/s

Power

18 %

25 %

30 %

38 %

130w

Speed

40 mm/s

25 mm/s

9 mm/s

6 mm/s

Power

17 %

24 %

28 %

37 %

150w

Speed

45 mm/s

26 mm/s

10 mm/s

7 mm/s

Power

17 %

23 %

27 %

35 %

 

Average Engraving Settings of Various Materials

 

Wattage

Parameter Settings

Clear Acrylic

Wood

Glass

Leather

Faux Leather

Tile/Stones

50w-55w

Speed

275 mm/s

150 mm/s

175 mm/s

350 mm/s

375 mm/s

125 mm/s

Power

22 %

21 %

19 %

19 %

18 %

20 %

60w

Speed

300 mm/s

180 mm/s

200 mm/s

375 mm/s

400 mm/s

145 mm/s

Power

20 %

20 %

19 %

17 %

16 %

19 %

80w

Speed

325 mm/s

200 mm/s

225 mm/s

400 mm/s

425 mm/s

145 mm/s

Power

18 %

19 %

18 %

16 %

15 %

18 %

100w

Speed

350 mm/s

200 mm/s

250 mm/s

425 mm/s

450 mm/s

165 mm/s

Power

15 %

18 %

18 %

16 %

15 %

18 %

130w

Speed

375 mm/s

225 mm/s

275 mm/s

450 mm/s

475 mm/s

185 mm/s

Power

15 %

18 %

16 %

16 %

15 %

18 %

150w

Speed

375 mm/s

225 mm/s

275 mm/s

450 mm/s

475 mm/s

185 mm/s

Power

15 %

18 %

16 %

16 %

15 %

18 %

 

These are the average settings to start off with and are focused on having low power settings. You would want to run sample tests first.

Depending on your desired finish and look you will have to adjust the settings accordingly.

 

 

Remember there is a power/speed ratio correlation. The more you increase the speed the less power is focused on the area.

For example, if you want an engraving to look darker you don’t always have to increase power, you can slow down the speed. The same goes for cutting, if you didn’t get a good cut, you can reduce the speed. If you want to increase speed you will also have to slightly increase power. This power/speed ratio correlation is the fundamental basis of engraving and cutting.

We don’t recommend exceeding 70% max power for any project. If your machine is well tuned and the software settings are correct you can get the desired cuts or engraving quality with no more than 50-60% max power. Running your machine above 70% max power or above 20mA constantly, will shorten the lifespan of your laser tube.

 It is important to note that using the machine constantly between

70%-99% max power will drastically reduce the lifespan of the laser tube!

 

This document was prepared by Monport USA LA Technical Support, by Rich Faraone, The Louisiana Hobby Guy LLC. It is designed as an aide for end-user use and problem solving. Monport & The Louisiana Hobby Guy LLC take no responsibility for the content, use or misuse of this document or user errors resulting in hardware failure or any other consequence.
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