Processing paper and card with a laser machine

Cutting, scribing, grooving and perforating with Trotec laser cutter machines

Laser cutting

Laser cutting is a quick and easy process that can be used to process paper, paperboard and cardboard for digital printing, packaging prototype construction, model making or scrapbooking. A laser cutting machine sets you apart from the competition, opening up new design avenues and operating with faster production speeds.

Suitable materials for a cutting paper laser:

  • fine paper
  • art paper
  • uncoated paper
  • handmade paper
  • cardboard
  • card
  • corrugated cardboard

With a Trotec CO2 laser cutter machine, you can laser cut and engrave paper.


Application examples for laser cutting and laser engraving of paper

With a laser cutting machine for paper finishing, you can create invitations, table cards or high-quality packaging with a haptic individual engraving. You can perfectly achieve even the smallest lettering and detailed graphics every time with a laser engraving. Delicate, laser-cut patterns give cards or packaging that special touch. You can also create unusual shapes from printed papers with the laser contour cut.


  • greeting cards
  • invitations
  • table cards
  • high-quality packaging
  • book covers
  • business cards


  • paper finishing
  • school supplies
  • decorations
  • arts and crafts
Laser engraving Trotec LaserPaper

Why buy a laser cutter machine to cut and laser engrave paper?

In contrast to a cutting plotter or the punch press, you can use a laser cutting machine to produce even the finest geometries with the highest precision. During the laser engraving, the surface of the paper is removed and the result is a high-quality finish. This gives you complete freedom in the implementation of your ideas. Using digital production, these designs can be quickly realised with a cutting paper laser in just a few process steps.

Function and advantages of laser technology

One tool for all geometries

  • The beam in a laser cutter machine is a universal tool for all geometries and material thicknesses. Depending on the lens used, the laser beam is about 0.1 mm wide, meaning almost any geometry can be cut using a laser cutter machine.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality

High-quality paper finishing and haptic effect due to deep engraving

  • The laser engraving leads to a noticeable effect on the paper without smudge marks

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Good interplay of precise Trotec laser cutter machines, the right use of compressed air and vacuum as well as suitable parameters

Precise laser cutting of printed materials

  • With Print&Cut applications, registration marks make it possible to determine the position and rotation of printed materials. The system dynamically adjusts the cutting path.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • With JobControl® vision software, you can create amazing details and meet the most minimal tolerances.

Fine tool

  • Small fonts and finest details can be laser engraved and delicate patterns can be laser cut

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality

Easier workflow

  • Designs are created in the normal graphics program and sent to the laser via the “Print” command

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simply intuitive. Efficient work.

No tool wear

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

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore® laser sources with particularly long service life

No cutting dies

  • The throughput time is increased
  • No wear and tear of tool parts and cutting dies
  • No storage costs for die cutting

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore® laser sources with particularly long service life
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Laser cutting and engraving of paper

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Tips for laser engraving and cutting paper

Can paper burn during laser cutting?

Just like wood, paper is evaporated when laser cut. During the cutting process, the paper is worn away in the form of a gas, visible as smoke, at high speed. The smoke transports the heat away from the paper, whereby the material is only minimally thermally burdened. With optimum parameters, Air Assist and Table Exhaust, the material can be successfully processed smoke-free without burnt edges and with the finest contours.

Is it necessary to fix the material on the working surface?

Clamping or fixing the material is not necessary. During laser processing, no pressure is exerted on the material so the material is not crushed. Optimal cutting results can be achieved by using a vacuum table so that even corrugated materials e.g. cardboard lie flat on the processing table during laser cutting. You save time and money because no manual preparation of the material is required. This makes the laser cutter the perfect cutting tool for your paper applications.

Is the engraving always dark during the laser process?

The engraving result depends on different factors. A dark as well as a light engraving are possible even with dyed-through paper types. Thus, a so-called color change from dark to white can be achieved with a very low power output. Or just a dark haptic engraving with a higher power output. In the case of paper types with two or more layers, the cover layer is removed and the second color is thus visible. Laser cutting or engraving paper offers so many ways to create designs.

How can printed papers be cut precisely with the laser?

With the JobControl® Vision camera system, which detects distortions in the print and automatically adapts the cutting path, you can create the perfect contour cut of printed materials. Even flexible materials can be cut precisely and complex positioning is no longer required. You can save up to 30% of the process costs by combining registration mark detection systems and Trotec laser cutters.

"We decided to go with Trotec because simply put, they were the only laser system manufacturer who could actually provide a machine that cut card properly! All of the other ones we looked at ended up massively burning the card. In fact, I’m happy to say I can’t sleep because the laser has allowed us to expand so much and take on more business."
- Alex Wills - Managing Director of Twiddley's -
"Our Trotec machine has made the world of difference! It has enabled us to more than double the amount of orders we are able to fulfil. Trotec machines are easy to use and give a very clean cut, something that is very important to us as we cut a lot of cards, especially wedding cards, which need to be pristine. We had a fantastic training day when the machine was installed, and if we ever have any problems at all, the Trotec guys are always really happy to help us over the phone."
- Emma West - Co-Founder of Pogofandango -

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