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Tyvek paper - laser cut?


Do you laser cut Tyvek paper, I don’t think it contains chlorine. It’s made from Olefin, here’s the MSDS link. Note the section on flamable properties…and melting.

www2.dupont.com/Tyvek_Weatheriza … d_msds.pdf

There is a bright white 7.5mil in 23" x 35" sheet Tyvek. I’m looking for a vector cutting job for multiple sheets. thanks!!



Thank you for your interest in our laser cutting. We have tried cutting Tyvek before, and the results were OK. Here are some issues to be aware of:

  • With paper-like material, the edges of the parts will probably get burned or charred. Also, the cuts might be less precise than when cutting a rigid sheet of material since the material will not stay as flat and might flutter around a bit from the exhaust during cutting.

  • Note that stacking sheets sounds like a good idea but causes problems and requires a lot of testing that might not be worth the cost depending on the final number of sheets you plan to cut.

  • Some problems with un-masked, light-colored material such as Tyvek include higher visibility of burn marks on the back side of the material (from the laser bouncing off of the cutting bed back onto the sheet), and residue from previously cut materials on the cutting bed leaving marks on the back side of the material.

  • Other general issues to consider are at pololu.com/docs/0J24/4

We would highly recommend doing a smaller test run before placing a larger order to see if what we can do will suffice, especially if you need Tyvek parts with a lot of small details that are precisely aligned, or if how the final piece looks (not just the shape of it) matters a lot.

If you are interested in having us laser cut your Tyvek parts, please give us a call to discuss your requirements. I hope this helps!

- Candice


Candace, thank you! Excellent experienced response.

I’ve laser cut light-weight paper before, and understand the burn and the burn marks on the back. I was not planning to stack pieces, but thought buying it by the sheet would be better than by the roll as it would lie flat better. I’ll get the file together and place a small order for the paper. And will plan for a test run.

thanks a ton. !