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Ri_Ha

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Hypalon/Hank laser cut hysterics
« on: October 06, 2017, 12:14:33 AM »
Hi folks,

I’ve been exploring local options for some laser cut Hypalon/hank for Molle backers. I spoke to a local place yesterday who, after looking up the material went into some kind amateur dramatics on phone about how if they used a laser they’d all get cancer and die and no one should be attempting this.

Now obviously this is dumb.

What is your experience with this? Is it just a case of ensuring protective mask is used and there is proper extraction/filtration?

Thanks.
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Re: Hypalon/Hank laser cut hysterics
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2017, 01:23:04 AM »
Do you really need to laser cut the HANK, wouldn't a regular cutting machine do a better job?   

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Re: Hypalon/Hank laser cut hysterics
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2017, 02:18:07 AM »
I'm sure WTF has the facts on this, but I believe CSM fabrics output Chlorine gas, same as vinyl.

I wouldn't lasercut it without a proper MSDS read-through, a proper filter and proper after-cutting procedures.
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Re: Hypalon/Hank laser cut hysterics
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2017, 05:41:54 AM »
Cutting PVC with a laser will for sure release hydrocloric acid and toxic fumes, but I'm not sure about the chemical properties of the rubber used for Hypalon or HANK. Granted, DuPont got out of that business for a reason. 

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Re: Hypalon/Hank laser cut hysterics
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2017, 08:01:56 AM »
Ablating any substrate produces gas and/or particulate.  They're a smart and responsible business by not accepting just any job.  Lungs and machinery are expensive to replace.

Always check the MSDS, consult material and fume extractor manufacturers, and select the best fume extractor for your application.

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Re: Hypalon/Hank laser cut hysterics
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2017, 09:22:22 AM »
So we know Hypalon will make a particularly toxic gas, but what about HANK? It's Neoprene and Kevlar, correct? Safer? Of course fume and particulate extraction is just good sense when laser cutting almost anything.