Stone laser engraving

for granite, marble, basalt, ceramic or porcelain

Stone types suitable for laser engraving

Stone carving on stone, granite or marble offers incredible possibilities. Your personal message "as if written in stone" is suitable as a gift for many occasions. Even detailed photos and graphics are achievable with a Trotec laser engraving machine. Laser engraving on stone is performed with a CO₂ laser and is tantamount to a kind of "matting" of the material.

Stone types suitable for laser engraving

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Slate
  • Basalt
  • Marble
  • Salt crystals
  • Pebbles
  • Stone tiles
  • Natural stone
  • Ceramic, porcelain
Laser engraved slate plate

Stone laser engraving

See which stone types a laser can engrave


Applications for stone engraving

Laser engraving on stone is particularly suited to dark, polished natural stones, such as granite, marble and basalt. The more homogeneous and fine-grained the stone is, the better the stone engraving results will be. Another ideal candidate: white marble - here the laser engraver can produce a solid white stone engraving. It is not possible to laser cut stones.


  • Arts and crafts
  • Decorations
  • Gift items and lucky charms
  • Design
  • Interior design
  • Stone tiles
  • Headstones
Engraving stone portrait

Why should I buy a laser for stone engraving?

The surface of the stone is melted during laser engraving. Here, the material is processed directly. That is why no template is required for this application. Furthermore, the laser beam is the universal "tool" for all geometries and material thicknesses. Unlike with milling cutters no separate tool head is required for different materials, geometries and material thicknesses. This saves production time and money.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Incredible design opportunities

  • Virtually any design can be realised with the laser. For example for engraving logos, individual texts and photos

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and beam quality

Productive processing

  • There is no need to create a template
  • No retooling unlike with milling cutters

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Speedy series: The fastest laser engravers available on the market with a maximum processing speed of 4.2 m/sec and an acceleration of 5 g

One tool for all geometries

  • No costs for new tools unlike with milling cutters
  • The laser beam is the universal tool for all material thicknesses and geometries

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources with a particularly long service life

Simple high-quality manufacturing

  • Designs are created in your usual graphics program and sent to the printer via the printer command

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simply intuitive. Work efficiently.

"​It’s easier to tell you what we don’t do with our Trotec laser than what we do—it’s so versatile! Everything to do with the machine has been good, and we have no complaints at all."
- ​Dave Cooke - owner of Names on Gifts​ -

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Tips for engraving stone

What kinds of stones can be engraved with the laser?

Laser engraving on stone is particularly suitable for polished, ideally dark natural stones such as granite, marble, or basalt. The more homogeneous and fine-grained the stone, the better the results of the stone engraving will be. However, even pebbles can be processed well with the laser due to the smooth surface. Another ideal candidate: White marble – the laser engraver can produce a homogeneously white stone engraving.

Can stones be cut with the laser as well?

Laser cutting of stones is not possible.

How to get a stronger contrast during laser engraving on stone?

In order to achieve a stronger contrast, you can fill the engraving with synthetic resin or lacquer. Especially in the case of polished stones, the lacquer or the resin adheres particularly well to the engraved (and thus roughened) surface.

What must be taken into account when engraving photos?

As stones have an uneven surface, they are best suited for coarsely rasterized images (250–333 dpi). Very fine and detailed images may be difficult under certain circumstances, but this depends very much on the structure of the stone.

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