Laser Cutting Machines for Fablabs, Schools and Universities

Digital Fabrication of 3D Models, Prototyping, Industrial Design and DIY

Laser Cutting 3D Models, Prototyping, Industrial Design and DIY at FabLabs

In FabLabs, Maker Spaces, universities and schools, educational laser cutters are used for a number of purposes including model making, industrial design, prototype construction, in research and also in many other DIY ideas. The amazing and inspiring designs that laser technology offers are also ideal for product development in start-ups and small businesses. Trotec laser engraving machines are ideal for these applications.

Materials suitable for processing with educational laser cutters:

  • acrylic
  • film
  • wood
  • cardboard
  • plastic
  • MDF
  • paper
  • plastic
  • PMMA
  • polystyrene
  • foam
  • textiles and much more

In digital production many different materials are used, from cardboard, paper, MDF, wood to acrylic. But textiles, plastics, polystyrene or film can also be processed perfectly. In addition, it is not necessary to consider the diameter of the tool. Depending on the lens used, the laser beam is about 0.1 mm wide. Thus, almost any geometry can be cut using the educational laser cutter.


Laser cutting at a university, school or FabLab: Application examples

A laser machine is a flexible tool suitable for creating test setups and prototypes among other applications. Drawings and designs can be sent directly from the CAD or graphics program to the laser. In university, a FabLab or school, Trotec laser machines are used in model making, industrial design, prototype construction or also in many other DIY ideas. Laser cutting is the ideal method to process various materials. 


  • Prototype construction
  • test setups
  • research projects
  • industrial design
  • digital production of 3D models
  • DIY projects
  • art projects
  • design projects


  • Schools
  • University
  • FabLabs
  • Maker Spaces
  • Laser physics

Why buy an educational laser engraving machine: Laser cutting and laser engraving

Do almost anything with the laser
The laser cutting machine is THE tool in digital production. In addition to the variety of materials that are processed in FabLabs, universities or schools, even the finest geometries can be produced with the highest precision. Laser cutting gives users complete freedom in developing and implementing their ideas. Using engravings and cuts, inspiring designs can be realised with a Trotec laser in just a few process steps.

Function and advantages of educational laser cutter machines

One tool for all geometries

  • In comparison to milling, which requires a separate tool head for different materials, geometries and material thicknesses, the laser beam is a universal tool

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • 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.

Maximum flexibility in terms of material and application

  • The CO2 laser source of an educational laser engraving machine is ideally suited for engraving and cutting plastics, wood, rubber, leather and many other materials, while the fiber laser is the right tool for marking metals and plastic.

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • Speedy flexx laser machines: CO2 and fiber laser source in one machine for endless application possibilities

Fine tool

  • Educational laser engraving machines can engrave small fonts and fine details with ease

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality

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 machine

  • JobControl® laser software: JobHistory and JobTime Calculator facilitate advance planning and possible necessary billing afterwards.
  • Lock mode for laser parameters is adjustable so that predefined parameters can not be changed retrospectively. Thus, all users find the same initial situation at any time.

No tool wear

  • No wear of the laser beam due to material processing
  • No costs for new tools compared to milling

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • CeramiCore laser sources with particularly long service life

Contactless processing

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

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • Multi-functional table concept for easy handling
"Our Speedy 300 laser is by far the most popular piece of kit in the lab. Artists, designers, engineers and curious makers find the speed, accuracy and quality of cutting impressive. It's a great piece of technology with a responsive support team behind it."
- Ande Gregson - Co-Founder & Director, FabLab London -
"Trotec is light years ahead of other laser cutters and engravers on the market. We expect it to be a real draw for new members and will enable them to make all sorts of creative and exciting things. We can't wait to see what they come up with!"
- Tom Newsom - Trustee, South London Makerspace -

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Tips for laser cutting at a university, school or FabLab

Typically there are many different operators of laser machines at a university, school or a FabLab, is this a problem?

Actually, the opposite is true. The JobControl® laser machine software supports you with JobHistory and JobTime Calculator, allowing advance planning and any required billing afterwards. Additionally, a lock mode for laser parameters can be adjusted within the software so that predefined parameters from the material database cannot be changed retrospectively. Thus, all users of the educational laser cutter find the same initial situation every time they use it.

Why integrate a laser cutter into your school?

Laser cutting is fast becoming an indispensable tool in a range of industries. More and more schools are beginning to incorporate the technology into their classes to give students transferable skills for the future. In our new series of blogs we cover a range of different topics for schools considering bringing laser technology into their curriculum:

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