A laser cutter can be used to create detailed architectural models or to refine paper. Laser cutting is also a popular manufacturing process when cutting large-format materials or technical textiles – for example, when cutting car seats or interior linings. The versatility of laser cutting is helpful in the packaging sector, as you can easily and flexibly perforate, groove or score paper or cardboard.
In addition to cutting applications, lasers can also engrave and mark a wide range of materials and products including awards and trophies, signs and displays, industrial part marking, personalisation, medical equipment, architectural models, stamp production and much more.
Laser cutters are therefore a popular choice for many industries, in which the combination of laser cutting, laser engraving and marking enables the development of new products and thus an expansion of the business.
What is laser cutting?
Laser cutting is a thermal separation process. When the laser beam hits the surface of the material, the material is heated so strongly that it melts or is completely vaporised. Once the laser beam has penetrated the material and perforated it at one point, the actual cutting process begins. The laser cutter moves along the specified geometry and cuts through the material. Depending on the application, the result can be positively influenced with the help of process gases.
What are the fields of application for laser cutting?
When laser cutting acrylic, you get a crystal-clear cut edge, while with textiles, the edge is sealed by the heat of the laser beam. The areas of application range from creative applications to cutting large-format materials such as acrylic sheets or foils:
- Advertising technology and digital printing: Merchandise and POS displays, neon signs and advertising signs or acrylic letters are produced with crystal-clear cut edges
- Creative sector: Toys, puzzles, craft supplies made of wood
- Fashion, design & handicraft: Natural leather, artificial leather, cotton, linen, felt can be cut to create clothing, jewellery, decorations and more
Packaging industry – paper (e.g. printed materials)
- Architectural model making
- Electronics industry: Laser cutting of foils and membrane keyboards made of plastics such as polyester, polycarbonate, polyethylene terephthalate and polyamide
The laser software Ruby® makes working with the laser easier and faster. Easily create designs, graphics, photo and text elements. Adjustments can be made quickly with the integrated workflow. You can switch between the “design” and “preparation” steps at any time in software that is both a graphics and a laser program. With all the graphics tools that laser users need. The Ruby laser software enables direct file import of pdf, svg, png, etc. These functionalities halve the time from the idea to the finished product. Without costs for additional software packages.
Laser cutting is suitable for plastics (acrylic, polyamide, etc.), organic materials (such as wood, paper, leather, food) and metal foils.
The following table gives an overview of the materials for laser cutting:
- Solid wood
- Veneered wood
- Felt (synthetic)
- Cast acrylic
FabLabs, Maker Spaces, schools and universities use lasers for model making, industrial design, prototyping and many other DIY ideas. The incredible and inspirational design possibilities offered by laser technology are also ideal for all types of art and design projects: Laser machines are used to process a variety of different materials such as MDF, cardboard, or polystyrene. Laser technology gives users complete freedom in the development and implementation of all their ideas. Laser cutting in combination with laser engraving enables creative minds to create inspiring designs in just a few process steps.
We offer a selection of laser samples that have been cut, engraved or marked with Trotec laser machines in the sample selection.
All samples are described in detail, complete with instructions and file templates that you can use straight away.