Laser Cutting
Paper & Cardboard

Cutting, scribing, grooving and perforating with Trotec laser paper cutters

laser cutter for paper and cardboard

Cutting, scribing, grooving and perforating with Trotec laser paper cutters

Laser cutting is a quick and easy process that can be used for processing paper, paperboard and cardboard for digital printing, for packaging prototype construction, model making or scrapbooking. Set yourself apart from your competition with new new design options offered by a Trotec laser cutter.

You can add value to special paper items like wedding invitations by laser engraving paper with your Trotec laser machine. There are no limitations on your graphic design capacity, whether logos, photographs or ornaments. In fact, laser finishing papers and cards increases your freedom of design.

Suitable materials:

Paper (fine or art paper, uncoated paper) up to 600 grams
Corrugated cardboard


Advantages of a Trotec laser

How does laser cutting and laser engraving of paper work?

Lasers are particularly well suited to achieve even the finest geometries with maximum precision and quality. A cutting plotter cannot fulfill these requirements. Laser cutting paper machines not only allow for cutting of even the most delicate papers and cards, but also the easy engraving of logos or pictures. There are no set up costs for laser cutting a huge advantage compared to dye cutting.

Do I require special accessories to laser cut paper?

An optical detection system is the ideal partner if you wish to refine your printed products. With the camera system i-cut®, the contours of printed materials are cut perfectly. In this manner, even flexible materials are cut absolutely accurately. No time-consuming positioning is required, distortions in the impression are detected, and the cutting path is adapted dynamically. By combining the optical registration mark detection system with a laser cutting machine from Trotec, you can save up to 30% in processing costs. This is the perfect partner for digital printers wishing to offer paper laser cutting services to add value and diversify their business.

Does the paper burn during laser cutting?

Equally as wood, which has a similar chemical composition, paper is quickly evaporated, which is called sublimation. In the area of the cutting clearance, the paper escapes in gaseous form, which is visible in the form smoke, at a high rate. This smoke transports the heat away from the paper. Therefore, the thermal load on the paper near the cutting clearance is relatively low. This aspect is exactly what makes laser cutting of paper so interesting: The material will have little smoke residues or burnt edges, even for the finest contours.

Does the paper substrate require hold down?

No, not manually. To achieve optimal results when laser cutting paper, we recommend the use of a vacuum table. Thin or corrugated materials, such as cardboard, are thus positioned flat on the working table. The laser does not exert any pressure on the material during the process, clamping or any other type of fixation is therefore not required. This saves time and money during the preparation of the material and, last but not least, prevents wastage of material due to crushing or operator error. Thanks to these benefits, the laser is the perfect cutting machine for paper.

What our customers are saying

"It was important to us that we purchased a quality unit, with after sales support. We felt comfortable with the Trotec staff that we dealt with. Trotec offers us the unique benefits of superior cutting, faster cutting and a guaranteed buy back. We are looking forward to the day that we can purchase another Trotec laser."
- Sally McIntyre - owner of Memory Maze -
"I chose Trotec because having a local partner was most important. I would recommend a Trotec as it is very easy and clean to use - it is exactly what we required to manufacture our range of products. We purchased our Speedy 300 in 2011, and the technical support has been excellent."
- Richard Hoad - owner of ParchCraft Australia -
"I decided to purchase a Trotec laser because they are the best I have seen for the price. The sales and service is fantastic, as well as the after sales care. I would recommend Trotec because the precision of the laser is superb and it is easy to use and effective in a multitude of applications!"
- Toni Smith - partner at Creative Graphix -

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