Laser cutting cork sheets


Nick van de Giesen
I made some simple shapes in cork. The laser-cutter cut through flat cork of 6.2mm.
The shapes were basically rings with an outer diameter of 39 mm and an inner diameter of 16mm.
After a few iterations, the best setting seems to be 50% max power and a speed of 33mm/s.
the cork sheet after the laser cutting job

Front of the sheet after laser cutting

the other side of the cork sheet

Back of the sheet after laser cutting

I use the rings for simple acoustic rain gauges for a citizen science project. Then, the cork rings serve as acoustic insulation between the little gauge and the area it will be mounted on.
By the way, you can buy the cork at the corner of Breestraat, the floor cover shop.