Laser Cutting
Paper & Cardboard

Cutting, Scribing, Grooving & Perforating with Trotec Laser Paper Cutters

Laser cutting paper is a quick and straightforward process. Paper, paperboard and cardboard are just some examples of material that can be used for prototype construction, model-making and scrapbooking. Let your business stand out from the crowd by offering fresh design options and ideas that can be created using a Trotec laser cutter machine.

Laser cut paper with a Trotec laser machine to add value to special paper items, including wedding invitations and informative pamphlets.

The possibilities are endless, there are no limitations to your graphic design capacity. Logos, photographs, ornaments and everything in between become easy to create. In fact, laser finishing paper and card increases your design freedom, especially in comparison with free-hand cutting or marking.

Suitable Materials:

  • Paper (Max. 600g)
  • Fine/Art Paper
  • Uncoated Paper
  • Paperboard
  • Laser Cut Cardboard
  • Corrugated Cardboard
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Laser cutting and engraving of paper

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Application Examples for Laser Cutting & Laser Engraving Paper

With a laser cutting machine for paper finishing (such as a cnc laser cutter), you can create invitations, table cards or high-quality packaging with a personal, individual engraving. You can perfectly create the tiniest lettering and detailed graphics every time. Delicate, laser-cut patterns give cards or packaging a special, classy and professional touch. You can also create unusual shapes from printed paper with the laser contour cut.


  • Greeting Cards
  • Invitations
  • Table Cards
  • High-Quality Packaging
  • Book Covers
  • Laser Cut Business Cards


  • Paper Finishing
  • School Supplies
  • Decorations
  • Arts & Crafts
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“Why should I use a laser machine for cutting and engraving paper?”

Compared with traditional paper cutting methods, such as a cutting plotter or a punch press, a laser machine can be used to produce the finest geometries with the highest precision. During laser engraving, the surface of the paper is removed and the result is a high-quality, bold finish. You have complete freedom in creation and implementation of your ideas. Digital production makes it easy to create these beautiful designs with a Trotec laser machine.

Function & Advantages of Laser Technology:

One Tool, Any Geometry

  • 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 world-leading beam quality

Always High-Quality

  • Laser engraving produces a professional and classy look on paper, without the risk or worry of smudge marks, which can be a danger when printing with ink

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

Laser Cut Printed Materials

  • With Print&Cut applications, registration marks 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 for the smallest jobs

Fine Tool

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

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and the best beam quality

Easy Workflow

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

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simply intuitive and efficient work

No Tool Wear

  • There is never any stress on the laser beam
  • There are no costs for new or replacement tools

Advantages of a Trotec laser

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

No Cutting Dies

  • The throughput time is increased
  • Tool parts will not wear out over time
  • No storage costs for die cutting

Advantages of a Trotec laser

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

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 Engraving & Laser 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. This smoke transports the heat away from the paper, so the material is only very weakly ‘thermally burdened’ instead of generically ‘burned’.

With optimum parameters, including Air Assist and Table Exhaust, the material can be successfully processed smoke-free without any burnt edges and with the finest contours.

“Is it necessary to fix my material onto the working surface?”

Clamping or fixing the material is not necessary. During laser processing, no pressure is exerted on the material, so nothing will shift or be crushed in the working progress.

Optimal cutting results can be achieved by using a vacuum table. Even corrugated materials like cardboard lie flat on the processing table during laser cutting. You can save time and money this way as no manual preparation of the material is required. This makes the laser machine the perfect cutting tool for any of your paper applications.

“Will my engravings always be dark during the laser process?”

Laser cutting or engraving paper offers so many ways to create designs. The finished engraving result depends on several factors. Both light and dark engraving finishes are possible with dyed-through paper types. This way, a so-called ‘colour change’ from dark to light can be achieved with a very low power output. Here, the cover layer is removed, revealing the second colour and creating the illusion that the laser has changed the paper’s shade. You can alternatively use a dark haptic engraving with a higher power output to achieve this result.

“How can I cut printed items perfectly with a laser machine?”

The JobControl® Vision camera system detects distortions in the print and automatically adapts its cutting path. Using this, you can create the perfect contour cut of printed materials. Even flexible materials can be cut precisely, with no complex positioning required.

You can save up to 30% of the process costs by combining ‘registration mark detection systems’ and Trotec laser cutters.

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