Laser Cutting
Paper & Cardboard

Cutting, scribing, grooving and perforating with Trotec laser paper cutters

laser cutter for paper and cardboard

Cutting, scribing, grooving and perforating with Trotec laser paper cutters

Laser cutting is a quick and easy process that can be used for processing paper, paperboard and cardboard for digital printing, for packaging prototype construction, model making or scrapbooking. Set yourself apart from your competition with new new design options offered by a Trotec laser cutter.

You can add value to special paper items like wedding invitations by laser engraving paper with your Trotec laser machine. There are no limitations on your graphic design capacity, whether logos, photographs or ornaments. In fact, laser finishing papers and cards increases your freedom of design.

Suitable materials:

Paper (fine or art paper, uncoated paper) up to 600 grams
Corrugated cardboard


Advantages of a Trotec laser

How does laser cutting and laser engraving of paper work?

Lasers are particularly well suited to achieve even the finest geometries with maximum precision and quality. A cutting plotter cannot fulfill these requirements. Laser cutting paper machines not only allow for cutting of even the most delicate papers and cards, but also the easy engraving of logos or pictures. There are no set up costs for laser cutting a huge advantage compared to dye cutting.

Do I require special accessories to laser cut paper?

An optical detection system is the ideal partner if you wish to refine your printed products. With the camera system i-cut®, the contours of printed materials are cut perfectly. In this manner, even flexible materials are cut absolutely accurately. No time-consuming positioning is required, distortions in the impression are detected, and the cutting path is adapted dynamically. By combining the optical registration mark detection system with a laser cutting machine from Trotec, you can save up to 30% in processing costs. This is the perfect partner for digital printers wishing to offer paper laser cutting services to add value and diversify their business.

Does the paper burn during laser cutting?

Equally as wood, which has a similar chemical composition, paper is quickly evaporated, which is called sublimation. In the area of the cutting clearance, the paper escapes in gaseous form, which is visible in the form smoke, at a high rate. This smoke transports the heat away from the paper. Therefore, the thermal load on the paper near the cutting clearance is relatively low. This aspect is exactly what makes laser cutting of paper so interesting: The material will have little smoke residues or burnt edges, even for the finest contours.

Does the paper substrate require hold down?

No, not manually. To achieve optimal results when laser cutting paper, we recommend the use of a vacuum table. Thin or corrugated materials, such as cardboard, are thus positioned flat on the working table. The laser does not exert any pressure on the material during the process, clamping or any other type of fixation is therefore not required. This saves time and money during the preparation of the material and, last but not least, prevents wastage of material due to crushing or operator error. Thanks to these benefits, the laser is the perfect cutting machine for paper.

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