Laser cutter : buyer's guide

What is a laser cutter and how can it benefit your business?

A laser cutter is a laser machine that can cut or engrave a wide variety of materials. For example, you can produce signs of different sizes suitable for indoor and outdoor use, models or decorative items made of acrylic, wood or paper with your laser cutter. A laser cutter can handle a wide range of applications; businesses in many different industries benefit from the advantages of laser technology. What does it look like in practice?

Here are three examples:

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Personalisation

By engraving a logo or a name, everyday objects become valuable one-of-a-kind items. This is an additional service, which increases the sales value and boosts turnover.

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Graphics finishing

A laser cutter helps to reduce the number of process steps in graphics finishing. The laser cutter produces a crystal clear cut edge on acrylic – advertising signs and POP products can be made economically in unusual contours.

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Signage

Contract engravers use laser cutters to engrave serial numbers as well as for traditional signage. The technology's simple workflow and flexibility are winning over users in this field.

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Personalisation

By engraving a logo or a name, everyday objects become valuable one-of-a-kind items. This is an additional service, which increases the sales value and boosts turnover.

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Graphics finishing

A laser cutter helps to reduce the number of process steps in graphics finishing. The laser cutter produces a crystal clear cut edge on acrylic – advertising signs and POP products can be made economically in unusual contours.

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Signage

Contract engravers use laser cutters to engrave serial numbers as well as for traditional signage. The technology's simple workflow and flexibility are winning over users in this field.

In summary: A laser cutter creates added value. There are a variety of products on the market. What are the key aspects of a laser cutter? What do I need to consider? This article will give you an overview of our laser cutters – from entry-level models suited to newcomers to the high-end machines of established professionals.

What does it take to get started with a laser cutter?

We’ll be happy to advise you right from the start.

What can you produce with a laser cutter?

As already mentioned, laser cutters are indispensable in many industries today. The thermal cutting process of lasering enables wood, acrylic, MDF, paper, textile and foam materials to be processed with precision and high speed. Large and small companies use them, from single pieces to series production.

Laser samples that you can use and implement directly and that show what laser cutters can cut, engrave or mark can be found in our sample compilation.

Laser projects

What laser cutter products are available at Trotec?

We make the work of laser users easier, faster and more profitable. Our laser cutters are suitable for beginners and professionals alike.

  • From laser source to software, the high-performance Speedy series is designed for profitability.
  • The Q-Series laser cutters are reliable and durable production machines with an attractive price/performance ratio.
  • The cost-effective R-Series laser cutters are a powerful, fast, clean and safe choice, especially suited to those who are new to laser cutting.
  • SP Series laser cutting machines are the comprehensive solution for cutting large-format materials. Fast, reliable laser cutting for advertising technology and plastic processing.
High-performance laser engraver and cutter: Speedy series

The fastest laser engraver on the market helps you make your daily work more profitable. Whether you are just starting your business or want to increase your production capacity.

Large-format laser cutting machine: SP Series

The SP series laser cutters are the comprehensive solution for cutting large-format materials. Fast and reliable laser cutting for signage and display or plastic fabrication.

Trotec Speedy – high-performance laser cutter for optimal profitability.

The Speedy 400 is the fastest laser engraver on the market, helping you make your daily work more profitable. Whether you're just starting your business or looking to increase your production capacity, the combination of CO₂ and fiber laser in one machine offers almost endless application possibilities. High flexibility is a given with these models - thanks to the patented flexx Technology, multifunctional table concept and Ruby® laser software.

Advantages at a glance:

  • Fast cutting and engraving speeds (4.3 m/s and 5g) and clean, high-quality results.
  • Our unique motion control system OptiMotion™ automatically adapts the cutting speed to the geometry. This ensures contour accuracy while cutting and maximum productivity.
  • Laser power from 20 up to 120 watts.

Who are the most frequent users?

Sign makers, advertising technicians, schools and universities, creative and industrial users

Technical data

Working area (W x D) up to 1016 x 610 mm
Laser type CO₂, Flexx or Fiber laser
Laser power 20 - 120 watts

Trotec R Series - laser cutting made simple: powerful, fast, clean and safe.

R Series laser cutters are perfect for all newcomers to the laser business, whether they’re engravers, designers or schools. With a working area of up to 1300 x 900 mm and the CO₂ DC laser type, these laser cutters are suitable for common commercial plate sizes.
Cutting and engraving acrylic and wood with thicknesses of up to 15 mm is common with these machines. Other materials: Textiles and papers in different thicknesses.
 

Advantages at a glance:

  • Lower initial costs are a key advantage of the R Series laser cutters.
  • Cut simple applications like cardboard packaging, plywood and thin acrylic for model making, simple signage or prototypes in a cost-effective way.
  • Fonts can be engraved legibly from 6 points.
     

Who are the most frequent users?

Schools, creative laser beginners, producers of signs, fashion and gift items, toys, decorative elements, models and prototype making.

Technical data

Working area (W x D) up to 1300 x 900 mm
Laser type CO₂ Laser
Laser power 20 - 120 watts

Trotec Q Series – everything a laser cutter needs.

Q stands for efficient cutting and best price-performance ratio. With a work area of 1300 x 900 mm and laser power of up to 120 watts, the laser machine cuts and engraves a variety of materials: acrylic and wood (cut up to 15 mm), textiles, paper and cardboard, signs, craft items, models or decorative items. The Q Series has everything a laser cutter needs and offers reliable laser machines for production.

Advantages at a glance:

  • The drive concept and OptiMotion™ ensure speed.
  • The ultra-compact, lightweight design integrates the most important functions in the smallest of spaces.
  • InPack TechnologyTM protects all sensitive components of this mid-range laser cutter from dust.

Who are the most frequent users?

Schools, creative laser beginners, producers of signage, fashion and gift items, toys, decorative elements, model and prototype making, advertising technicians, contract engravers

Technical data

Working area (W x D) up to 1870 x 1655
Laser type CO₂ Laser
Laser power 60 - 120 watts

Trotec SP Series – the large-format laser cutter.

SP Series laser cutting machines are the comprehensive solution for cutting large-format materials. Fast and reliable laser cutting for advertising technology and plastics processing. With working areas up to 3250 x 3210 mm and laser power up to 400 watts, these CO₂ laser machines represent the best solution when processing high volumes or when large-format materials are required.

Advantages at a glance:

  • The machines are ergonomically designed and accessible from all 4 sides for loading and unloading.
  • This minimises walking distances for laser machine operators and allows the flow of goods to be optimised.
  • Laser class 2 approval, which means that a separate laser room is not required, makes it relatively easy to integrate the laser into your production.
  • Two virtual processing zones increase productivity: the laser cutter processes the material in zone A while in zone B, the finished parts are removed and the work area reloaded, and vice versa.
  • Connect your laser machine to your data workflow.

Who are the most frequent users?

Display and store builders, architects, manufacturers of membrane keyboards, print service providers, advertising technicians. These laser cutters are also used for finishing advertising and technical textiles and in furniture construction.

Technical data

Working area (W x D) up to 2210 x 3210 mm
Laser type CO₂ Laser
Laser power 60 - 400 watts

Because individual requirements require individual advice.

We’ll advise you free of charge.

Why do you need a laser cutter from Trotec?

Online competitiveness, simplified manufacturing processes and the incorporation of the latest technologies are prerequisites for entrepreneurial success.

When you choose a laser cutter from a Trotec series, you will benefit from many advantages. We want you to feel that you’re well taken care of:

  • Laser operating software from Trotec Ruby® – for easier, faster work with your laser machine. Digital through and through.
  • TroCare service package for your laser cutter – your peace of mind.
  • Academy program – intensive further training for your continued success.
  • Laser Consulting – friendly expert guidance on working with your laser machine.

Laser software Trotec Ruby®

For easier, faster work with your laser machine. Digital through and through.

Trotec Ruby® connects all your laser cutters into one network, locally or on the go. You can distribute jobs across multiple machines from a PC or Mac. Read more about the simple and fast workflow, from idea to product here. 
 

TroCare Service

A care package put together for you.

Investing in a laser machine is a big step, and an important one when it comes to developing your business. We understand that, should the worst happen, you need to be able to resume production quickly.  Laser users benefit from TroCare's customised offer: calculable operating costs, productivity security, competent support from experienced service technicians, discounts on Academy training courses, spare parts & repairs.

"As always, the Trotec service department has done a fantastic job. You’re never put on hold and never have to deal with a phone menu system, you’re just put straight through to a real person! The technician connected to the computer and laser machine and they had the problem fixed in about 2 minutes. Always great service, and 100% satisfied.”

Acrylic Craft
United Kingdom

Academy program

Knowledge increases your options.

Trotec laser training stands for intensive advanced training, new ideas and getting to know alternative fields of application. In our Academy program, you can learn about topics like photo engraving, acrylic cutting, woodworking with the laser cutter and how laser engraving and cutting can be made more precise. Your new employees can benefit from seminars on laser machine basics: material processing, laser cutting and engraving.

Laser Consulting

Friendly expert guidance on working with your laser machine.

Anyone who plans to integrate laser cutters into their production lines naturally wants to get the most from their machines. Trotec supports and accompanies customers when starting or expanding their laser business, from the initial idea, the business plan and technical prerequisites to setting up and optimising your laser machine, including its data and material workflow.
 

Technology leader with strong patents

Trotec’s in-house development team has brought many technologies to the market that have been patented. Feedback from the market as well as customers who always challenged us anew also contributed to prompting us to make optimisations and develop new ideas.

"Trotec's vision is to make our customers more profitable. Expert consulting and finding the best product that’s based on the best technology are key to this. Technology that makes the essential difference, for us and especially for our customers. We are proud of setting new standards time and again.”

Andreas Penz
CEO Trotec

Where do our customers use Trotec laser cutters?

There are many reasons why engravers and advertising technicians often choose a laser cutter in addition to existing machines, such as milling machines. In most cases, however, they are prompted by the need to increase production output to meet a good order situation or to serve increasingly specific customer requests. 

“Our customer requests became increasingly specific and we were looking for a partner who could serve us in the long term. The Trotec SP3000 covers all applications that are required in lighting technology. A laser cutter cuts acrylic inlays with very sharp edges. In addition, with the SP3000, we can nest geometries in a very material-efficient manner and produce parts economically.”

Roland Plank
Managing Director, Werner + Plank Licht & Metalltechnik GmbH

Laser cutters: Tips and applications