Laser cutting and engraving toys

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With Trotec lasers it is possible to laser cut wood and etch small and intricate parts for construction sets, puzzles or craft supplies for kids toys. It is also possible to add your own touch to wooden toys by engraving it with your logo, name or saying. Trotec laser machines are not only extremely suitable for laser engraving wood but also plastic, acrylic, textiles, and many other materials, whether it be for a serial production or individual pieces. 

Materials suitable for laser processing

  • wood
  • plywood
  • MDF
  • plastics
  • acrylic
  • textiles
  • felt
  • polyester

Impressions


Examples of laser-cut and laser-engraved toys

Wood is a popular material for toys, thus the versatility of the laser is of great advantage. The dark cutting edge and the brownish or whitish colored engraving serve as extraordinary design elements. Create high-quality, creative end products for a wide range of applications.

Areas of application

  • puzzles
  • construction kits
  • wooden toys
  • craft supplies

Wooden Toy Airplane

Model Plane DIY

In this video tutorial we are laser cutting and engraving an awesome wooden toy airplane on our Speedy 300 laser machine! We use 1/8" MDF wood.

We made this plane in our TroSpace Makerspace in our facility at Calgary, AB. The space is open for educators and those in the Makerspace and Fablab movements.

To find more videos like this one, have a look at our Youtube channel!

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What is the point of buying a laser for laser cutting and engraving toys?

Laser engraving and cutting is a cost-effective way to make individual pieces, a small series, or a large series of toys and other items. A high quality and precise laser engraver can create custom-fit parts with even the finest geometries. This lets you make baby toys and other products extremely unique by adding logos, names, decorations and quotes.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Contactless processing

  • No time-consuming fixation of material in contrast to milling
  • No distortion of the material

Advantages of a Trotec laser

Multi-functional table concept for easy handling

Easy digital manufacturing

  • Designs are created in the usual graphics program and sent to the laser using a print command
  • Time-consuming programming as with CNC milling is not required

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® Laser Software: Simply intuitive. Efficient work.

Fine tool

  • Precise geometries can be cut

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality

No tool wear

  • No abrasion of the laser beam during material processing
  • No costs for new tools compared to a milling machine

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources with a particularly long service life

No shavings

  • The wood is vaporized by the laser. There are no shavings compared to other technologies.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • The gases produced are efficiently removed and filtered by Trotec exhaust systems.

Characteristic and productive engraving

  • Colored engraving as a decorative element
  • Time-consuming "clearing" as with milling is no longer required, engraving is achieved within seconds

Advantages of a Trotec laser

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

Trotec Product Recommendations

Tips for laser cutting and laser engraving of toys

Wood is a popular material for toys. Can you laser cut and engrave any wood?

Since wood is a natural material, be sure to consider factors such as the density and the resin content of the wood you are processing. Soft woods, such as balsa, require less laser power and can be cut more quickly. Hardwood, on the other hand, is denser so it requires more laser power. For MDF, which consists of glued wood fibers, we recommend using compressed air.

Is the wood engraving always dark?

The brownish-colored laser engraving is very common. When you process varnished wood with the appropriate laser settings, you can also achieve a white engraving. To do this, we recommend very low power at high speed.

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

Laser etching of wood is a sublimation process. That is, the solid material is converted directly into gaseous state through combustion. Here also dust is formed, which is perceptible as smoke. For wood processing, we therefore recommend the use of an efficient extraction system. Thereby you achieve perfect engraving and cutting results. In addition, the service life of your laser machine can thus be prolonged. That is, extraction with maximum flow rate is essential when it comes to wood processing with lasers.