Laser Processing Wood

Learn about laser engraving and cutting many different types of wood

Wood is one of the most exciting items to laser engrave and laser cut. You’ll find you can process almost any wooden item you can think of – the sky is your only limit! Many businesses make their primary earnings customising and personalising wooden items, like chopping boards and cake toppers. Trotec’s laser machines are the perfect solution for all these kinds of applications.

Appropriate Types of Wood:

  • Chipboard
  • Cork
  • HDF
  • MDF
  • Multiplex
  • Natural Wood
  • Plywood
  • Precious Woods
  • Solid Wood
  • Maple Wood
  • Teak Wood
  • Veneers
keyboard key cut from wood

See an overview of different wood applications


Application Examples for Laser Cutting & Engraving Wood:

Designing new products for a wide range of industries becomes easy and simple with Trotec. Our laser machines are extremely versatile instruments. The dark cutting edges and natural coloured finish serve as a testament to the achievable elegant design outcomes.

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Furniture Construction
  • Interior Design
  • Toys
  • Architectural Models
  • Christmas Decorations
  • Gift Items
  • Inlays
  • Shop-Fittings
  • School Supplies
laser engraved wooden photo

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

Create unique and valuable products with precision and elegance. Even the fine, difficult cuts are achievable with laser technology – you’ll be able to create a custom-fit, perfect product every single time. Non-contact processing will save you a lot of time, allowing you to process the thinnest wooden materials, including plywood and balsa wood. A Trotec laser machine is an exceptional tool for accurately cutting all types of wood, leaving you with perfect results.

Function & Advantages of Laser Technology:

Simple, Digital Manufacturing

  • You can create designs in your usual graphics program, and send them to the machine via the ‘print’ command
  • There is no new programming required

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software – Simple and intuitive

Fine Tools

  • Cuts exceptionally sharp shapes

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Ideal, optimal and customisable beam performance

No Tool Wear

  • There is never any stress on the laser beam
  • You’ll never have to worry about costs for new tools

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser source: long service and minimal downtime

No Shavings

  • Instead of putting pressure on the wood and creating shavings, the laser evaporates the material
  • The clean cut means no shavings are produced, resulting in a cleaner working environment

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Trotec extraction systems efficiently remove and filter out gases caused by wood processing

Impressive Engravings

  • Coloured engravings as a decorative element
  • There is no need for time-consuming cleaning
  • Designs and cuts are achieved within seconds

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Speedy series: The fastest laser engravers available on the market with a maximum engraving speed of 4.2 m/sec and an acceleration of 5g

Non-Contact Processing

  • No need to fixate material
  • Material will not warp

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 & Laser Engraving Wood:

“Will the wood burn during laser cutting?”

Yes. Laser engraving wood is ultimately a ‘sublimation’ process. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it produces an accurate focus as well as the ability to control the optics and supply of compressed air. This results in higher-quality finishes.

“Can I process any type of wood with my laser engraving machine?”

Wood is an all-natural material, so the user must consider qualities like the density and resin content of the desired wood. Soft woods – such as balsa – require less power and time to cut, while hardwood requires more. Trotec recommends using compressed air for MDF.

“Will I always have dark laser engravings?”

While the dark engraving is very sort-after and trendy, it is possible to achieve a white or light finish with Trotec’s laser machines. For this, we recommend using varnished wood. Ensure you machine is working on low power at a high speed.

“How do I achieve the dark engraving?”

Defocus the laser beam – about 0.5 - 2mm – and the laser spot will become larger, thus reducing the power density. With this beam, the engraving will have a particularly dark finish. Please note that this method might result in some lost finer details.

“Help, there is smoke in the processing area! What do I do?”

Fear not! Laser processing wood is a ‘sublimation’ process. This means the solid material is converted directly into a gas through combustion. Some smoke is normal and to be expected. However, be cautious of inhaling this smoke, especially if cutting or engraving MDF.

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