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Everything you need to know about laser cutting.

High precision, speed and versatility – this is how the laser cutting process impresses. You can cut almost any material with a laser cutter. For example, 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, such as decorative items made of wood or signage, to architectural model making to cutting large-format materials such as acrylic sheets or foils.

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What can I make with a laser cutter?

You can cut a wide variety of materials with a laser cutter:

  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Textiles
  • Foam
  • And many more.

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.

What can I design and produce with a laser cutter?

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.

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What are the fields of application for laser cutting?

  • 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)
  • Electronics industry: Laser cutting of foils and membrane keyboards made of plastic such as polyester, polycarbonate, polyethylene terephthalate and polyamide

Which materials are suitable for laser cutting?

Laser cutting is suitable for works with 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:




Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) Wood Metal foils up to 0.5mm
Acrylic/PMMA Polyimide (PI) Paper (white)  
Rubber Polyoxymethylene (POM) -i.e. Delrin® Paper (colored)  
Polyamide (PA) Polypropylene (PP) Food  
Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) Polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) Leather  
Polycarbonate (PC) Polystyrene (PS) Fabric  
Polyethylene (PE) Polyurethane (PUR) Cardboard  
Polyester (PES) Foam (PVC free) Cork  

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Inspiration: Sample templates for laser cutting

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.

Laser samples with instructions and file templates

The advantages of laser cutting

Laser cutting is a simple process, without the requirement for complex preparation and post-processing. Laser cutting is done with high precision and speed. With certain materials, e.g. acrylic, there is no post-processing required. The advantages of laser cutting at a glance:

Application for numerous materials No other technology can cut so many different types of organic and inorganic materials such as wood, acrylic, glass, textiles, paper, metal, stone, etc.
No post processing is necessary Laser is a separation process in which no post processing is necessary in many cases. It even seals the edges of textiles such as synthetics or carpet, so that no unraveling starts. This saves post-processing procedures, such as mechanical sealing or sanding, depending on the type of material being processed.
Precise cutting and with the finest geometries (in the tenths range) The resulting kerf is barely larger than the laser beam itself. This makes it possible to cut very fine geometries of any shape. In addition, integrated cameras (JobControl Vision) can create registration marks and automatically compensate for the cutting path - even if the original template gets out of alignment, turned or distorted.
No tool wear Laser cutting machines are not subject to wear, for example, tool heads do not become dull. That saves costs in ongoing operation.

Why laser cutting is profitable?

Laser cutting is significantly cheaper than other cutting techniques. Compared to milling, there are no time-consuming or costly production steps. The acquisition costs of a laser cutter are amortised over the course of a year.
Here is a calculation example:

Production costs p.a. Comparison of milling vs. laser processing
Cost type Milling Lasering  
Clamping material & creating vacuum € 10,500 (€ 35 / h * 300 h) € 0  
Edge finishing (flame polishing) € 70,000 (€ 35 / h * 2000 h)  
Other set-up time and machine cleaning € 3,500 (€ 35 / h * 100 h) € 3,500 (€ 35 / h * 100 h)  
Filter costs € 0 € 3,000 (60 kg activated carbon)  
Work head € 6,000 (€ 30 * 200 heads p.a.) € 4,000 (1/2 refill p.a.) Difference
  € 90,000 € 10,500 € 79,500
Cost advantage of a TROTEC laser
Cost/yield type Milling Lasering Difference
Investment costs € 29,000 € 115,000 - € 86,000
Process costs p.a. € 90,000 € 10,500 € 79,500
Additional profit contribution p.a. (new application acrylic engraving, etc.) € 0 € 10,000 € 10,000
    Cost advantage after 1 year of production € 3,500
    After 2 years of production € 93,000
    After 3 years of production € 182,500


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Laser cutting is precise, clean and efficient

  1. Laser processing achieves crystal-clear cut edges with no additional material processing required, for example on acrylic. Flame polished edges are achieved immediately after the laser process. 
  2. For engravers, sign makers, advertising technicians, creative or industrial users, the first-class laser cutters offer a real competitive advantage.
    Personalisation or customisation creates significant added value for products made of wood, plastic or glass.
  3. When processing foils, the laser delivers sealed edges. In contrast to punching, the laser doesn’t damage the end product. Laser cuts are therefore very precise and clean.
  4. Trotec laser machines are developed for 24/7 operation. They are the right tool for business starters or experienced entrepreneurs who want to work more efficiently – quickly, productively and reliably.

From the idea to the product with laser technology: The ideal tool for prototyping and digital manufacturing

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.

What is the best laser cutting machine for you?

Different machines are available depending on the field of application.

Would you like to speed up your production? If you answered yes, then the Speedy series laser engravers and cutters are the perfect tool.

Our Speedy systems are the fastest laser engravers and cutters on the market. 100% developed and manufactured in Austria. Our development team only selects first-class components. This guarantees minimal maintenance, maximum runtime and a smooth workflow.

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Do you process large formats? Experience the SP series laser machines for yourself.

The laser cutting machines of the SP series are CO₂ laser machines for large-format materials with processing areas of 1245x710 mm up to 3250 x 3210 mm. The highly-efficient laser plotters (flatbed lasers) are perfect for demanding cutting applications,such as plastic or acrylic glass, textiles, wood and other materials.

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Laser cutting is easy with the right software.

Trotec 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.

Seamless workflow

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