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. Let your business stand out from the crowd by offering new design options and ideas that can be created using a Trotec laser cutter.

Laser engraving with a Trotec laser machine allows you to add value to special paper items like wedding invitations or booklets. The possibiliites are endless as 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

Application examples for laser cutting and laser engraving of paper

With a laser cutting machine for paper finishing, you can create invitations, table cards or high-quality packaging with a haptic individual engraving. You can perfectly achieve even the smallest lettering and detailed graphics every time with a laser engraving. Delicate, laser-cut patterns give cards or packaging that special touch. Or you can create unusual shapes from printed papers with the laser contour cut.


  • greeting cards
  • invitations
  • table cards
  • high-quality packaging
  • book covers
  • business cards


  • paper finishing
  • school supplies
  • decorations
  • arts and crafts
paper pop up card laser cutting

The benefits of laser cutting and laser engraving paper

In contrast to traditional paper cutting methods such as a cutting plotter or the punch press, a laser cutting machine can be used to produce even the finest geometries with the highest precision. During laser engraving, the surface of the paper is removed and the result is a high-quality finish. This gives you complete freedom in the creation and implementation of your ideas. Using digital production, these designs can be quickly realised with a Trotec laser in just a few process steps.

Function and advantages of laser technology

One tool for all geometries

  • The laser beam is the universal tool for all geometries and material thicknesses. Depending on the lens used, the laser beam is about 0.1 mm wide. Thus, almost any geometry can be cut using the laser.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality

High-quality paper finishing and haptic effect due to deep engraving

  • Laser engraving leads to a noticeable effect on the paper without smudge marks

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Good interplay of precise Trotec laser systems, the right use of compressed air and vacuum as well as suitable parameters

Precise laser cutting of printed materials

  • With Print&Cut applications, registration marks make it possible to determine the position and rotation of printed materials. The system dynamically adjusts the cutting path.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • With JobControl® vision software, you can create amazing details and meet the most minimal tolerances.

Fine tool

  • Small fonts and finest details can be laser engraved and delicate patterns can be laser cut

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality

Easier workflow

  • Designs are created in the normal graphics program and sent to the laser via the “Print” command

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simply intuitive. Efficient work.

No tool wear

  • No wear of the laser beam due to material processing
  • No costs for new tools compared to a cutting plotter

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore® laser sources with particularly long service life

No cutting dies

  • The throughput time is increased
  • No wear and tear of tool parts and cutting dies
  • No storage costs for die cutting

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore® laser sources with particularly long service life

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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Tips for laser engraving and cutting paper

Can paper burn during laser cutting?

Paper is evaporated like wood, i.e. sublimated. During the cutting process, the paper is worn away in the form of a gas, visible as smoke, at high speed. The smoke transports the heat away from the paper, whereby the material is only minimally thermally burdened. With optimum parameters, Air Assist as well as Table Exhaust, the material can be successfully processed smoke-free without burnt edges and even with the finest contours.

Is it necessary to fix the material on the working surface?

Clamping or fixing the material is not necessary. During laser processing, no pressure is exerted on the material so the material is not crushed. Optimal cutting results can be achieved by using a vacuum table so that even corrugated materials e.g. cardboard lie flat on the processing table during laser cutting. You save time and money because no manual preparation of the material is required. This makes the laser cutter the perfect cutting tool for your paper applications.

Is the engraving always dark during the laser process?

The engraving result depends on different factors. A dark as well as a light engraving are possible even with dyed-through paper types. Thus, a so-called colour change from dark to white can be achieved with a very low power output. Or just a dark haptic engraving with a higher power output. In the case of paper types with two or more layers, the cover layer is removed and the second color is thus visible. Laser cutting or engraving paper offers so many ways to create designs.

How can printed papers be cut precisely with the laser?

With the JobControl® Vision camera system, which detects distortions in the print and automatically adapts the cutting path, you can create the perfect contour cut of printed materials. Even flexible materials can be cut precisely and complex positioning is no longer required. You can save up to 30% of the process costs by combining registration mark detection systems and Trotec laser cutters.