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Foam Laser Cutting & Engraving

Foam’s unique density enables it to be cut with ease on lasers from 30 to 400 watts. For many applications, it processes best using lower wattages. Foam is a softer, more delicate material, meaning a laser’s beam quality is going to be an important factor.

For foam cutting applications where a straight edge is required, lasers provide the precision operators are looking for. Please note, for foams over 1″, a longer length focusing lens is used to keep the cut edge straight.

Because laser foam cutting can result in unpleasant and harmful fumes, Kern Laser Systems use vacuum blowers and a downdraft table to exhaust fumes during the cutting and engraving process.

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Foam Laser Cutting & Engraving Examples

Whether it comes in rolls or large sheets, Kern lasers make quick work out of processing foam. Recently, we’ve seen foam become a more popular and in-demand material for laser processing, especially for tool shadowing. Here’s a look at what Kern customers are making out of foam:

Also Known As

  • Closed Cell Foam
  • Open Cell Foam
  • Polyethylene (PE) Foam
  • Polyester (PES) Foam
  • Polyurethane (PUR) Foam

Common Uses

  • Tool Shadowing
  • Furniture Padding
  • Filters
  • Boat Decking
  • Footwear Padding


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
  • Clean, precise cutting

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