Engrave Acrylic

I am about to burn my first acrylic. Any suggestions?

Prepare a test piece with various power settings that resemble your eventual project. I’ve learned it’s a good idea to mask the acrylic, either with paper or a solution of dish soap and water. If the acrylic is masked with vinyl, remove it, as the chlorine gas that is released is hazardous to wildlife and mechanisms.

Elevate the acrylic from the bed, to prevent flash-back from the surface causing cosmetic imperfections.

You will want to ensure that you have good fume exhaust. The smell is really “something else.”

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‘Elevate the acrylic from the bed, to prevent flash-back from the surface’. That is a very helpful suggestion, not only with acrylic.