Arts & Crafts

Decorating Jewellery & Utensils with Laser Engraving

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You can individually characterise your art and craft products with amazing, intricate detail using a Trotec laser machine. Using laser technology, almost any design can be engraved on a wide variety of materials. Trotec lasers are as easy to use as a conventional printer, and you can decorate your art with lettering, ornaments, logos, images and photographs in no time at all.

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Suitable Materials for Laser Processing:

  • TroGlass, Acrylic and Plexiglas®
  • Wood (timber laser cutting)
  • Felt
  • Textiles
  • Paper
  • Wax
  • Glass
  • Stone
  • Cardboard
  • Ceramic
  • Marble
  • Leather
  • Base metals
  • Plastics
  • Stainless steel



Application Examples for Laser Engraved Handicrafts

Using a Trotec laser system, applying valuable, individual and beautiful ornaments to single workpieces or even entire series becomes very simple. Combining long-standing tradition with innovative design will always leave you with wonderful results.

  • Greeting cards & gift vouchers
  • Decorative items
  • Home & garden accessories
  • Pottery
  • Clothing
  • Gifts
  • Glass beads
  • Wood or acrylic pendants
  • Wooden houses
  • Wooden figurines
  • Candle holders
  • Decorative garden stakes
  • Felt accessories
  • Ceramics
  • Decorations
  • Gold & silver jewellery
  • Tools
  • Watches
  • Glass art
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“Why should I buy a laser for engraving and cutting handicraft products?”

Add value and uniqueness through customisation and accuracy!

Every piece of art can outshine the last; engrave ornaments, photos, images or names easily with a Trotec laser etcher. Expand your abilities and meet additional customer demands by utilising the flexibility and dexterity of a laser, and make more money in the long run. The contactless processing saves you lots of preparation time, while allowing a smooth process on extremely thin materials at the same time.

Function & Advantages of Laser Technology

Profitable Engraving

  • Increase margins though cost-efficient individualisations
  • Offering additional services means more profit for you and your company

Advantages of a Trotec laser

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

Contactless Processing

  • No need to fix or attach materials to the laser bed, like traditional engraving methods

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Multi-functional table concept for easy handling

Maximum Flexibility

  • Various materials can be processed on the one device, with no need for complicated preparation

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Speedy flexx series: Use two laser sources in one device without having to manually change the settings

Easy Digital Manufacturing

  • Designs are created in your preferred graphics program and sent to the laser via the ‘print’ command

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simple, efficient, intuitive

No Tool Wear

  • The laser beam will not wear out over time due to material processing
  • No costs for replacing old tools

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources have a particularly long service life

Consistent Quality

  • Recurring or common materials and jobs are stored in the ‘materials database’
  • Perfect results for every job, every time
  • Uncomplicated post-production

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software materials database

Costs & Time Always Manageable

  • Using the job times calculator, you can easily calculate the engraving and cutting times, before you even start the laser process. This simplifies your production planning.
  • The Trotec software records your completed jobs

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simple, efficient, intuitive

No tool wear

  • No wear of the laser beam due to material processing
  • No costs for new tools compared to traditional engraving

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources with particularly long service life
"The training support from Trotec is first class, offering hands on at either their site or ours and patience is something they are very good at! Thanks Trotec! - amazing standard of service, always friendly and supportive with a wealth of knowledge."
- Jodi Pruden & Demi Marshall - Just 4 You Gifts -
"If you want the best watch in the world, get a Rolex - if you want the best laser, get a Trotec! We’ve tested many different laser cutters for our wood models and found the Trotec machines to be the most reliable and precise."
- Jon Cantin - founder of CNCKing.com -
"Our Speedy 300 means we no longer outsource our laser cutting and engraving and we now have full control over our design & manufacturing. It's a must for our small business to move forward and grow. "
- Sarah O’Connell - Milestones and Mayhem -

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Tips for Laser Cutting Artwork:

“Can metal be engraved with a CO2 laser, too?”

When using CO2 lasers, you need to apply a special paste or spray to the workpiece prior to any laser processing. It then needs to be left to dry before the material can be effectively marked by the laser. The marking is then burned into the metal with the laser beam. After the laser process, the residue of the paste or spray needs to be washed off.

This operation requires a lot of laser energy, and the beam needs to be moved at a very low speed. Some metals can have a high-contrast finish by using this method, but it should be noted that not all metals are suitable for paste/spray marking – always do your research before committing to a material! The pastes and sprays are also very expensive, and the entire process is very time consuming.

However, metals can be marked directly with a Fiber laser, and a clear distinction is made between engraving, annealing marking and coating ablation. The machines in the Speedy flexx series are all equipped with a CO2 laser as well as a Fiber laser, so you can use both sources in a single job without having to manually change the settings (laser source, lenses, focus). JobControl® laser software makes this easy: just assign the preferred laser source to each colour of the graphic and you’re ready to go.

“Can all materials be lasered equally well?”

Synthetic fabrics respond very well to laser processing. This is because they often contain plastics or polyester. The laser beam melts polyester in a controlled, safe manner, providing your finished product with fibre-free, sealed edges – no fraying or breakages!

For organic fabrics, such as cotton and linen, it is possible to produce a somewhat discoloured cutting edge, like when processing wood. This effect can be controlled and sometimes partially diminished by selecting the appropriate lens and laser parameters. Using compressed air can possibly help too.

“Is some acrylic not the same as other acrylic?”

Acrylic is a material that can be laser cut and laser engraved. The slightly more expensive cast acrylic (gs) produces crystal-clear cut edges and a crisp, white finish. However, to obtain a quality cut, the speed needs to be reduced right down. Usually, a minimum of 10W laser power should be applied per mm of material thickness for a high-quality cut in the first run.

Laser cutting extruded acrylic (ex) also produces reasonably clear edges, but sometimes has a slight fuzziness. Extruded acrylic requires less laser power for cutting, but can be difficult to engrave. Acrylic, by nature, is prone to combustion if the laser-caused gases are not removed quickly and efficiently – a high performance exhaust system is therefore essential for safety reasons. The laser engraving machine should never be run by young people without supervision.

“Does wood burn during laser cutting?”

Yes. Laser etching wood is a sublimation process. However, the burning is very minimal, and is actually sometimes desirable. You can reduce the ‘burnt’ look on the finished product by accurately focusing the laser beam, selecting the appropriate parameters, utilising suitable optics and supplying compressed air.

While processing wood, tiny dust particles will form, which can sometimes be mistaken for smoke. When wood processing, we recommend the use of an efficient extraction system. This will help you achieve perfect engraving and cutting results. The service life of your machine will also be prolonged; extraction with a maximum flow rate is essential when wood processing.