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Engraving rubber with a laser

Rubber engraving for stamp making

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Trotec laser systems can cut and engrave rubber with a great degree of precision. There is no need to clamp each individual workpiece with using a laser. In addition, no post-processing chemical treatment is necessesary, nor is the frequent replacement of mechanical components (e.g., blades, industrial knives).

Types of Rubber Suitable for Laser Cutting and Engraving

  • Delrin
  • Foam rubber
  • Laser rubber
  • Microporous laser foam
  • Natural rubber
  • Odorless rubber
  • Oil-resistant laser rubber
  • Silicone rubber
  • Synthetic rubber

Application Example: Custom Rubber Stamp

This video offers step-by-step instructions on how you can create a custom Trodat Printy rubber stamp using Trotec's Speedy 300 laser system.

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Rubber Application Examples

Examples of rubber workpieces well-suited to laser processing are:

  • Art and craft pieces
  • Automotive weatherstripping
  • Doormats
  • Fashion accessories
  • Industrial gaskets
  • Inflatable boat parts
  • Stamps
  • Stencils and forms (e.g., for flexographic printing plates)
  • Yoga mats
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Investing in Productivity

A Trotec laser system enables you easily scale rubber processing without the need for additional production inputs. Intricate text, logos, photos, and designs can be engraved into the material without foregoing quality.

Trotec's proprietary JobControl® laser software seamlessly integrates with a wide range of graphic design programs. It allows you to easily optimize material processing settings to increase productivity and minimize material waste.

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Trotec Laser Technology Advantages

Rapid Speed and Acceleration

  • The Speedy series features the quickest-in-class lasers, offering a maximum engraving speed of 4.2 m/sec and an acceleration of 5g

Advanced Software Capabilities

  • Designs are created in your usual graphics program and simply sent to the printer via the printer command
  • No specially trained operators are required
  • JobControl® offers a process mode specially designed for stamp making to ensure your design is engraved in the proper direction

No Chemical Inputs

  • No chemical additives necessary for laser processing
  • Quatro Air exhaust systems offered by Trotec Laser Canada remove fumes, odours, and residue arising from laser cutting and engraving

Robust and Durable Build

  • No reduction in laser beam effectiveness arising from material processing
  • InPack Technology™ perfectly protects the guide component from dust, guaranteeing years of trouble-free production
  • CeramiCore® resonator designed for minimal maintenance

Simplified Processing

Detailed Design Capabilities

  • Advanced machine optics to optimize engraving quality
  • 1.5" lens available to engrave fine details with precision

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Rubber Engraving Tips

How do I create a stamp plate?

When laser engraving stamp plates, your designs must be inverted and mirrored so that the impressions are legible. To obtain a clean and detailed impression on paper, it is important to create so-called shoulders. JobControl® removes the need for you to manually execute this process with its built-in stamp making features.

What is an appropriate rubber stamp plate engraving depth?

To create stamps from rubber sheets, we suggest an engraving depth of 0.9 – 1.1 mm. The optimal laser parameters for Trotec materials can be easily retrieved in the JobControl® materials database.

Does laser processing rubber produce dust and odours?

Rubber processing produces dust and odours, and it is therefore important to have an efficient exhaust system. Trotec Laser Canada offers Quatro Air exhaust systems that are equipped with multiple filters to capture residue and particulates, as well one or more activated carbon filters to trap odours.

We also recommend engraving rubber materials from the top downwards, as the engraving quality will not be diminished by debris generated during processing.

How do I clean workpiece residue?

If your processed workpiece is small in size, we recommend briefly placing it in an ultrasonic bath. Alternatively, your processed workpiece may be cleaned using a brush, water, and detergent.

How can I best process high volumes of rubber?

Rubber cutting and engraving requires a relatively high power output. Generally, the higher your laser system's wattage, the quicker you are able to process rubber workpieces.

Contact a technical service specialist to increase your laser's power level.

Which lens is suitable for engraving fine details in rubber?

We recommend using a 1.5” lens when creating small or intricate designs.