Laser cutting and laser engraving in digital printing

Laser finishing for digital print products

laser cutter for paper and cardboard

Producing printed products (such as business cards, flyers, or brochures) is a market that has grown exponentially from fine craftsmanship to industrial production. As the demand for small and medium-sized print jobs have gradually increased (up to approx. 5,000 pages per order), digital printing at print and copy shops has become extremely popular. A big advantage to this process is that each sheet can be printed differently because of the no static printing form used. Digital printing in combination with a laser system offers many new possibilities for paper cutting, paper finishing and perforating, and print service providers are now able to create new business areas featuring high-quality products at affordable prices, regardless of the job size.

Recommended materials for laser processing

Materials recommended for digital printing:

  • Mainly paper (paper in all varities of size, thickness, and finishes)
  • Acrylics
  • MDF
  • Plastics


Application examples suitable for laser processing in digital printing


A Trotec laser system used in combination with digital printing allows consumers to design their products at a higher quality and in a more customizable fashion.

  • Advertising technology:
    Advertising materials (such as brochure printing), high-quality packaging or flyers.
  • Copy shops:
    Greeting cards, business cards finishing, invitation cards, and more.
  • Classic print shops:
    Folding boxes, packaging, labels, book covers or picture books, and countless other possibilities.

How can purchasing a laser impact the end processing of printing products?

Increased value through individualization of printed products

Combining a Trotec laser system with a digital printer provides customers the ability to further customize and design their products at a higher quality. Utilizing laser technology in the digital printing industry allows print shops, copy shops, and other print service providers the ability to offer premium, quality products far beyond singular sheets of printed paper. Thanks to end processing with a laser, businesses can grow their customer base as well as reach new and exciting markets. From flyers and business cards to packaging, labels, or even brochures, laser machines can create luxe finishes that demand higher prices. Customizing your designs with a laser cutter will also provide a superior level of personalization that sets your business apart from the competition.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Increased value of printed products

  • Individual laser cutting transforms printed products such as business cards and invitations into superior-quality personalized items
  • This increases the value of products and profitability for business owners
  • Digital printing in today’s market is more than just simple brochure or flyer printing, business owners can now offer high-end and unique paper finishing to their products with laser processing

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Broad product portfolio with available solutions for every requirement, regardless of order volume (flatbed systems, galvo lasers, or automated system)
  • JobControl Vision (flatbed systems) or SpeedMark Vision (Galvo laser) offering registration marks for precise paper laser cutting

Expanded product portfolio with new products offerings

  • The use of laser technology in the digital printing market will not only enhance a business owners product assortment, it will also add additional services and paper finishing’s such as contour cutting, finely engraved geometries, perforation, and many other techniques. 
  • This again means increased profitability for even the smallest projects and jobs. 

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl or SpeedMark laser software for efficient handling of the laser jobs, as well as increased precision cutting and engraving results achievable with registration mark recognition.

Differentiation from the competition

  • The printing industry is a robust and competitive market that features businesses alike, and many offer similar products and services within their portfolio
  • Distinguishing the high-end products and services your business offers from the competition is made easy with the unique and enriched finishing possible with laser processing

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Expansive product portfolio that meets the need for every requirement, regardless of the order volume (flatbed systems, and industrial lasers such galvo laser cutters or automated systems)
  • Trotec experts available to provide service, support, and professional advice 

Short delivery and throughput times, high profitability even with small runs

  • Compared to traditional die-cutting, laser machines do not require any additional cost-intensive cutting dies, which means increased profitability for businesses
  • Quick and painless pre-processing set-up (digital data, software-controlled) result in shorten production and delivery times

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • GS1200 for automated paper finishing
  • SpeedMark software for data import, bar code generation and also graphics processing, user surface (adapted with the help of macros) and processing of variable data from external databases and systems
"Trotec laser machines pay for themselves within 6 to 8 months.I brought my own materials to a trade show and had all the manufacturers do the same job on the same materials. I examined the materials very closely, timed the job, and Trotec came out on top. Not even any competition there."
- Joe Drucker - ADA Visual Products -

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