Laser cutting and engraving wood

for plywood, MDF, balsa and many other types of wood

Wooden phone cover

Wood types suitable for laser processing

With Trotec laser equipment you can cut and engrave toys, arts and crafts, souvenirs, Christmas jewellry, gift items, architectural models and inlays. When laser processing wood the focus is often on personal customisation options. Depending on the type of wood thicknesses of up to 20 mm can be laser cut. When engraving wood, the type of wood is freely selectable as the engraving finish is important.

Wood types suitable for laser processing

  • MDF
  • HDF
  • Multiplex
  • Plywood
  • Chipboard
  • Natural wood, real wood
  • Precious woods
  • Solid wood, solid timber
  • Cork
  • Veneers


Application examples for wood processing



For wood processing the laser can score with its versatility. In the design industry dark cutting edges and brown or white coloured engravings serve as exceptional design elements. Design new products for a wide variety of industries.

  • Arts and crafts
  • Toys
  • Furniture construction
  • Interior design
  • Shopfitting
  • School supplies
  • Decorations
  • Gift items
  • Christmas decorations
  • Architectural models
  • Inlays
Laser engraved wooden picture

Why should I buy a laser for engraving and cutting wood?

Added value through personalisation and precision: Make each piece unique, engrave logos, names or images. A precise laser cut creates custom-fit parts with a tenth of a millimeter precision even for the finest geometries. Non-contact processing not only saves time but also lets you process the thinnest materials.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Characteristic and productive engravings

  • Coloured engravings as a decorative element
  • There is no need for time-consuming ""cleaning"" unlike with milling cutters, the engraving is achieved within seconds

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

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

Non-contact processing

  • No time-consuming fixating of material in comparison to milling cutters
  • No warping of the material

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • Multifunctional table concept for easy handling

Simple digital manufacturing

  • Designs are created in your usual graphics program and sent to the printer via the printer command
  • Time-consuming programming is not required, unlike with milling cutters

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

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

Fine tools

  • Precise geometries can be cut

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • High-quality optics and beam quality

No tool wear

  • No wear of the laser beam results from the material processing
  • No costs for new tools unlike with milling cutters"

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • CeramiCore laser sources with a particularly long service life

No shavings

  • The wood is evaporated by the laser. No shavings are produced unlike with other technologies.

Advantages of a Trotec laser machine

  • The resulting gases are efficiently removed and filtered by the Trotec extraction systems.
"We use the Speedy 400 for a variety of applications in the prop making and set building process at Pinewood Creative. The Trotec machine has enabled us to stop out-sourcing work and increase the quality and efficiency of the things we make, whilst the option to upgrade if our needs change gives us peace of mind."
- Laurens Nockels - Head of Pinewood Creative - Pinewood Studios Group -
"Simply put, my Trotec laser has allowed me to fulfil a lifelong ambition and start my own business. It’s fast and has quality results every time. I’ve had the machine for two years now and it’s been running smoothly without any hitches."
- Mike Johnson - owner of Jurassic Models -
"The difference in the quality of the finish between our previous laser machine and our Trotec Speedy 100 is like the difference between a cheap readymeal and Michelin Star cuisine - truly amazing! The quality is more than 100% better, and we’ve had a great experience on the technical support and sales side."
- Lisa Ebdon - Owner and Managing Director of Hickory Dickory -

Trotec product recommendation

Tips for laser cutting wood

Does the wood burn during laser cutting?

Yes. Wood lasering is a sublimation process. However, this is not bad and very often actually desirable. Accurate focusing, selection of the appropriate parameters, use of suitable optics and supply of compressed air allow cutting and engraving of the highest quality.

Can any type of wood be processed with the laser?

Since 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 for the processing. Soft woods, e.g. balsa, require less laser power and can be cut more quickly. Hardwood, as an example of dense wood, on the other hand requires more laser power. For MDF, which consists of glued wood fibers, Trotec recommends using compressed air.

Will the laser engraving always become dark?

The brownish-colored laser engraving is well known. When processing varnished wood, with the appropriate laser settings you can also achieve a white engraving. Here we recommend very low power at high speed.

How to achieve a particularly dark engraving?

By defocussing the laser beam – about 0.5 to 2 mm – the laser spot becomes larger. The power density is thus reduced. With this beam, you get a particularly dark laser engraving. Details may be lost. Simply try this method!

There is smoke in the processing area. What to do?

Laser processing of wood is a sublimation process. I.e., the solid material is converted directly into gaseous state through combustion.