CO2 laser cutting of ceramic tile

S. A. J. Livingstone, I. Black

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The accurate cutting of intricate and small-size shapes in ceramic tile by hand necessitates a high degree of skill and expertise on the part of the tiler. In addition, the limitations of manual and conventional cutting mean that it is not possible to generate intricate two-dimensional (2-D) geometries with acute/compound angles or internal curves. This paper covers the cutting of commercially available silicon-based ceramic tiles using a Ferranti MF400 CNC laser cutting machine. The paper examines the various laser cutting parameters required to generate a cut profile which requires minimal post-treatment, and also investigates the degree of complexity and limitations of cutting profiles from ceramic tile. The results form the basis of a laser beam machining (LBM) database on the laser cutting of ceramic tile.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-148
Number of pages22
JournalLasers in Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Advanced cutting processes
  • Ceramic materials
  • CO2 laser


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