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#1 laserman Jul 05, 2011 03:38 PM

Depron / Fan fold foam and laser cutting
 
there is a public prototypeing/hobbiest/artist group here in ottawa that has gotten a cnc laser cutter and i asked if they would be able to cut foam and they said yes if there is no issues of it affecting the system and the air quaility ie fumes etc. The question i have is there large amount of fumes smoke from cutting out on our favourite building material that we have to worry about,

thanks

laser

#2 DouglasMorency Feb 08, 2012 07:03 AM

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Originally Posted by laserman (Post 18680601)
there is a public prototypeing/hobbiest/artist group here in ottawa that has gotten a cnc laser cutter and i asked if they would be able to cut foam and they said yes if there is no issues of it affecting the system and the air quaility ie fumes etc. The question i have is there large amount of fumes smoke from cutting out on our favourite building material that we have to worry about,

thanks

laser

I am in the process of building my own cnc laser cutter, and when I have it working if you want to see it, I live in Kemptville :)

#3 Model Aero Feb 08, 2012 08:13 AM

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Originally Posted by laserman (Post 18680601)
there is a public prototypeing/hobbiest/artist group here in ottawa that has gotten a cnc laser cutter and i asked if they would be able to cut foam and they said yes if there is no issues of it affecting the system and the air quaility ie fumes etc. The question i have is there large amount of fumes smoke from cutting out on our favourite building material that we have to worry about,

thanks

laser

You must ventilate the fumes if cutting Depron or FFF with a laser. The fumes are toxic and unpleasant. Most commercial lasers have an outlet in the cabinet for venting.

Scott

www.ModelAero.com

#4 bkboggy Feb 08, 2012 04:04 PM

My thread has links to a lot of various sites for information regarding toxicity of various foams. Second post has links to websites such as CDC, which have various studies and pdfs that include information on how to protect yourself.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1589660


While no conclusive studies have been made between foam fumes and cancer, the chemicals have been positively linked to kidney, liver, lung and brain damage.

#5 laserman Feb 09, 2012 11:16 AM

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Originally Posted by DouglasMorency (Post 20679517)
I am in the process of building my own cnc laser cutter, and when I have it working if you want to see it, I live in Kemptville :)

Doug I would love to but I don't have wheels other than a bike if you are ever in Orleans let me know some time so we can meet for timmies

jim


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