Acrylic-based materials cut beautifully on Kern’s CO2 laser systems.

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Acrylic Laser Cutting & Engraving

Acrylic is one of the most popular materials used by laser operators. Kern’s CO2 lasers will cut acrylic with a fire-polished edge quality. Using a special lens when cutting thick acrylic results in a straight cut edge with only one pass of the laser beam. Multiple rastering techniques can be used to etch a frosty white mark or a clear and smooth engraved look.

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Acrylic Laser Cutting & Engraving Examples

Whether you refer to it as acrylic, PMMA, plexi or some other name, one thing is certain: laser cutting and engraving works beautifully on acrylic. So much so that it can be difficult to stick with alternative processing technologies like routering or sawing.

Unlike Kern lasers, alternative processing technologies are known to leave hazy or milky edge coloring and require secondary processes like flame polishing.

Also Known As

  • Plexiglas®
  • Perspex®
  • Acrylite®
  • Plaskolite®
  • Lucite®

Common Uses

  • Trophies & Awards
  • Point-of-Purchase Displays
  • Architectural Models
  • Magnets
  • Commercial Signage
  • LED Edge Lit Panels


The OptiFlex is a high-performance, large-format CO2 laser cutting and engraving system. This is the most popular and versatile machine in Kern’s product line.

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The EcoFlex is an entry-level, large format laser cutting and engraving system. The EcoFlex is well-known as a highly-productive CO2 laser system offered at an economical price.

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The LaserCELL is a high-performance, Class I (enclosed) CO2 laser cutting and engraving system. This model features the perfect blend of safety and performance.

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The OptiDual CO2 laser system features a dual laser and is capable of high-production cutting.

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Kern’s Small-Format MICRO laser system can be equipped with the same powerful CO2 lasers as our large format models.

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  • Single-step processing
  • Maximum material use
  • High-quality engraving
  • Fire-polished edges
  • Clean, precise cutting

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