Laser cutting and engraving wood

for plywood, MDF, balsa and many other types of wood

wooden phone cover engraving

Wood types suitable for laser processing

There are so many things you can cut and engrave with a Trotec laser machine: Toys, crafts, arts, souvenirs, Christmas decorations, jewellery, architectual models, gift items and inlays. Personal customination of items is normally the focus when laser cutting wood and laser engraving wood. Trotec lasers can cut thicknesses up to 20mm and process a variety of wood types to create the look you you want.

Wood types suitable for laser processing

  • Chipboard
  • Cork
  • HDF
  • MDF
  • Multiplex
  • Natural wood, real wood
  • Plywood
  • Precious woods
  • Solid wood, solid timber (eg maple wood, teak wood)
  • Veneers


Application examples for laser cutting wood and laser engraving wood


You can design new products for a wide variety of industries, as laser machines are extremely versatile instruments for wood processing. The exceptional design elements in laser engraved wood products such as dark cutting edges and brownish or whitish coloured engravings serve for excellent design outcomes.

  • Arts and crafts
  • Furniture construction
  • Interior design
  • Toys
  • Architectural models
  • Christmas decorations
  • Decorations
  • Gift items
  • Inlays
  • Shopfitting
  • School supplies
laser engraved wooden photo

Why should I buy a laser for engraving and cutting wood?

Make unique pieces and create additional value through personalisation and precision when laser engraving wood and laser cutting wood. Even for fine shapes, a precise laser cut creates custom-fit parts with a tenth of a millimeter precision. Non-contact processing saves time and lets you process the thinnest wood materials. A laser machine is the perfect tool to laser cut MDF, laser cut plywood and in general to laser cut timber.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Simple digital manufacturing

  • Create designs in your usual graphics program, then send to the printer via the normal printer command
  • Unlike milling cutters, there is no time-consuming programming required

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • The JobControl® laser software: Just simply intuitive so you can work efficiently.

Fine tools

  • Cut exceptionally precise shapes

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Ideal optics and optimal beam performance

No tool wear

  • When material processes there is no wear of the laser beam 
  • Unlike milling cutters, there are no costs for new tools

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • The CeramiCore laser source provides a particularly long service life with minimum downtime

No shavings

  • The laser basically evaporates the wood explosively which is why it is the perfect tool for plywood cutting and laser cutting balsa wood, just to mention a few
  • The clean cut means no shavings are produced like with other technologies for a cleaner working environment

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Trotec extraction systems efficiently remove and filter and gases resulting from wood processing

Characteristic and productive engravings

  • Coloured engravings as a decorative element
  • There is no need for time-consuming cleaning
  • Unlike milling cutters, the laser engraving of wood is achieved within seconds

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Speedy series: The fastest laser engravers available on the market with a maximum engraving speed of 3.55 m/sec and an acceleration of 5g.

Non-contact processing

  • No time-consuming fixating of material compared to milling cutters
  • No warping of the material

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Multifunctional table concept for easy handling

What our customers are saying

"I have been working with laser machines, in the signage and trophy industry for 11 years and decided to start my own business over a year ago. After some research and attending a few trade shows to compare technologies I decided on Trotec. The process to acquire a Trotec laser machine was trouble-free, everyone involved was helpful and supportive. The Trotec staff were experienced and skilled, making the training to use a new machine and software easy. The Speedy 300 is a fast machine that increases my productivity."
- Juan Lizcano - Juanlizcano Design Studio -
"Our Trotec laser machine offers excellent cutting and engraving of timber components. There are lower cost machines on the market, but I know that Trotec will yield excellent production quality and output on the money invested in a solid well supported machine. The great support back up combined with machine integrity makes Trotec second to none."
- Dennis Hughes - MyChoice Engraving Services​ -
"I am very happy with my Trotec laser purchases over the last 15 months and I hope to continue upgrading as my business expands. Sales, support, service, installation, training and consumable purchases are all excellent."
- ​Richard Livingston - owner of Laser Engraving & Handmade Gifts​ -

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Tips for laser cutting wood and laser engraving wood

Does the wood burn during laser cutting?

Yes. Wood lasering is a sublimation process. However, this is not bad and very often actually desirable. Accurate focusing, selection of the appropriate parameters, use of suitable optics and supply of compressed air allow cutting and engraving of the highest quality.

Can any type of wood be processed with the laser?

Since wood is a natural material, the laser user must consider a number of parameters such as the density and the resin content of the wood for the processing. Soft woods, e.g. balsa, require less laser power and can be cut more quickly. Hardwood, as an example of dense wood, on the other hand requires more laser power. For MDF, which consists of glued wood fibers, Trotec recommends using compressed air.

Will the laser engraving always become dark?

The brownish-coloured laser engraving is well known. When laser engraving varnished wood, with the appropriate laser settings you can also achieve a white engraving. Here we recommend very low power at high speed.

How to achieve a particularly dark engraving?

By defocussing the laser beam – about 0.5 to 2 mm – the laser spot becomes larger. The power density is thus reduced. With this beam, you get a particularly dark laser engraving. Details may be lost. Simply try this method!

There is smoke in the processing area. What to do?

Laser processing of wood is a sublimation process. I.e., the solid material is converted directly into gaseous state through combustion.