Melamine MDF

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JC van Niekerk
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Melamine MDF

Post by JC van Niekerk » Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:28 am

Hi

I have this order that involves engraving and cutting Melamine MDF. However this material leaves a lot of white fine dust residue. How bad is this for my Laser Cutter? Does anyone have experience with this kind of material?

Thanks & Regards
JC
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Willy Ivy
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Re: Melamine MDF

Post by Willy Ivy » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:39 am

I keep a small shop vac mounted on wall at top left of my laser.
I have been engraving photographs on mdf chalkboard which creates the same dust.
I sometimes vacuum the dust while it is lasering just to help keep it at a minimum.
Also makes for quick easy clean up of small drop pieces after cutting.
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Willy Ivy
Posts: 261
Joined: Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:07 am
Location: Pattison, Texas
Country: USA
Nickname: Willy
Laser Machine Make or Type: KH 7050
Laser Power: 60W
Laser Bed Size: 12" x 20"
Home Position: TL
RDWorks Version: v8.01.18
Accessories: Hot dog rotary
Windows Version: W7 Pro
Contact:

Re: Melamine MDF

Post by Willy Ivy » Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:02 am

JC
Make sure your piece is weighted down before you vacuum and I use a corner attachment angled sideways as not to move the piece while it is lasering.
If you do not vacuum while lasering, clean it up before you remove the material from the machine so you don't scatter the dust any more than necessary.
50w Chinese laser KH-7050, 500x300, TL, 2" lens, hot dog rotary
Modifications: 60w tube & power supply, honeycomb bed, amp meter, easy access mirrors
RDWorks V8.01.18, CorelDraw X6, W7 Pro
Pattison, Texas
http://dadburnitlaser.com
Willy

JC van Niekerk
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Re: Melamine MDF

Post by JC van Niekerk » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:56 am

Thanks Willy

I am vacuuming between each job and wiping with a wet cloth. I was wondering though how bad this could be for the Laser Cutter and possible inhalation?

Regards
JC
100 Watt CO2 Laser - 600 x 900mm Cutting Area - Top Left Home, Windows 10 Professional, RDWorks 8.1.18, Connectivity is through a LAN cable
Using my Laser cutter as a Hobby / Craft Projects

JC

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