During the process of laser engraving, the laser processes a shape, graphic or picture (e.g. a JPG or PNG) on a wide range of materials. The laser moves horizontally along the individual lines of the engraving, and the material being engraved is removed point by point, line by line. This processing method is called grid engraving.
Among other things, surfaces or shapes can be engraved using this method, including photos, pictures, logos, inlays, fine to thick lettering, and stamps, to name a few.
Laser cutting is a thermal separation process. During the process, predetermined geometries are traversed and cut by the laser beam. As with engraving, a wide variety of materials can be used. A vector-based file (lines and curves of a geometry) is the basis for the cutting process.
This process is used to cut shapes (such as letters, signs and tags) as well as applications that have previously been engraved.
The laser cutting and laser engraving machines are respectiviely designed and adapted to the needs of our customers. Cutting is usually done with large-area materials that are cut quickly and precisely with a clean edge. For this, higher laser power (watt) is usually required. Our large-sized laser cutters are used for large-scale cutting of acrylic, MDF, textiles, and more.
Users who mainly engrave usually require smaller work areas and a laser system that is designed for the highest processing speed. For engraving glass, wood, plastic, leather, paper, stone, textiles and much more, Trotec offers the Speedy series.