Material In Depth: Application Tape

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Minimise burn marks on your laser cutting by adding application tape to one or both sides of your material. Application tape is also referred to as transfer tape, masking tape, protective tape.

Laser cutting and engraving is the process of burning materials with  intensely amplified light, so by nature the  materials get burnt around the edges of the cut and design. We optimise our power settings to keep these burn marks to a minimum, however application tape further reduces burn on some materials.

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Things to note when using application tape:

• without application tape, material can sometimes discolour due to the smoke and residue in the machine (see image above)

• when removing application tape from timber, small fibres may be lifted up. This can be rectified with light sanding

• application tape does not guarantee total prevention of burn marks / residue, but can reduce them by up to 90%

• The Laser Co delivers jobs with application tape in tact which you will need to remove

• delicate materials and thin cuts may infrequently be subject to damage or breakage when removing tape, customer discretion assumed[/vc_column_text][cmd-space height=”20″][vc_column_text]$10 per side for full sheets / $5 per side for half sheets[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column el_class=”removePadding”][vc_column_text]

Which materials can transfer tape be applied to?

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