Melamine MDF

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JC van Niekerk
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Melamine MDF

Postby JC van Niekerk » Mon Dec 26, 2016 10:28 pm

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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Re: Melamine MDF

Postby Willy Ivy » Tue Dec 27, 2016 6:39 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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Re: Melamine MDF

Postby Willy Ivy » Tue Dec 27, 2016 7:02 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

Postby JC van Niekerk » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:56 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

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