Laser cutting and engraving toys

Laser cut model digger

A laser machine opens up a world of possibilities in the toy market. Laser cutting allows you to create delicate components for construction sets, puzzles or craf supplies for toys, while laser engraving lets you engrave a variety of details including logos and phrases. Trotec laser engraving machines are particularly suitable for processing a diverse range of materials, whether a one off project or serial production.

Materials suitable for laser engraving and cutting

  • Wood
  • Plywood
  • MDF
  • Plastics
  • Acrylic
  • Textiles
  • Felt
  • Polyester

Examples


Laser cutting and laser engraving application examples: Toys

As wood is a popular material for toys, the versatility of a laser is a great advantage. The dark cutting edge and the brownish or whitish coloured engraving serve as stand out design elements. This lets create high-quality, creative products for a wide range of applications.

Application examples:

  • Puzzles
  • Construction kits
  • Wooden toys
  • Craft supplies
Laser cut wooden boat model

What are the advantages of laser cutting and engraving toys?

A laser cutter machine makes the production of individual work pieces or small and large production series cost-effective and economically feasible. A precise laser cut creates custom-fit parts even with the smallest geometries. Make every toy unique through personalisation.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Contactless processing

  • No time consuming fixing of the material
  • Material is not distorted during processing

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • Multifunctional table concept for easy handling

Easy digital manufacturing

  • Designs can be created in your preferred graphics program and sent to the laser using a print command
  • Time-consuming programming required for CNC milling is negated

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • JobControl® Laser Software: Simply intuitive.

Fine tooling

  • Precise geometries can be cut with ease

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • High-quality optics and the best beam quality

No tool wear

  • No abrasion of the laser beam during material processing
  • Laser cutters and laser engravers incur no costs for new tools as with milling machines

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • CeramiCore laser sources with a particularly long service life

No shavings

  • As the wood is vaporised by the laser,  no shavings are produced as with other technologies.

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

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

Achieve a characteristic and productive engraving

  • Coloured engraving used as a decorative element
  • Time consuming cleaning is not required as with milling machines, and the engraving is achieved quickly

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

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

Trotec Product Recommendations

Tips for laser cutting and laser engraving of toys

Wood is a cpmmon material in toy production. Is any wood suitable for laser cutting and engraving?

As wood is a natural material, the laser user must consider a number of parameters such as the density and the resin content of the wood they want to process. Soft woods such as balsa, require less laser power than dense woods and can be  quickly cut. Hardwood on the other hand, requires more laser power as it is a dense wood. For MDF, a material consisting of glued wood fibers, Trotec recommends using compressed air.

Will the laser always produce a dark engraving?

The brownish-coloured laser engraving is well known, however you can also achieve a white engraving when processing varnished wood. Select the appropriate laser settings and you can achieve a white engraving. We recommend using a very low power at high speed.

What do I do if there is smoke in the processing area?

Laser processing wood is a sublimation process, meaning that the solid material is converted directly into a gaseous state through combustion. Dust is also formed, which is visable as smoke. For wood processing we recommend using an efficient extraction system, allowing you to achieve perfect laser engraving and cutting results. This will also extend the service life of your laser machine. Extraction with maximum flow rate is essential when processing wood with a laser machine.