Laser cut and engrave toys

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You can use a Trotec laser engraving machine to laser cut delicate parts for construction sets, puzzles or craft supplies for toys, or personalize wooden toys with logos, names or sayings with laser engraving. With a Trotec laser machine, you can process many different materials as individual pieces, or you can serialize items.

Materials suitable for laser processing

  • wood
  • plywood
  • MDF
  • plastics
  • acrylic
  • textiles
  • felt
  • polyester

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Examples of laser-cut and laser-engraved toys

Wood is a popular material for making toys and other creative products. Trotec laser engraving machines are a great way to process wood items such as toys. In addition to high-speed processing and precise details, a laser engraver can make interesting and unique designs in wood such as a dark cutting edge and a brownish or whitish colored engravings.

Areas of application

  • puzzles
  • construction kits
  • wooden toys
  • craft supplies
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What is the point of buying a laser for laser cutting and engraving toys?

Whether you are looking to create individual pieces or a series, laser processing is efficient and cost-effective. It can also increase the value of finished goods by improving product quality. For example a precise laser cut creates custom-fit parts even with the finest geometries, so you can add intricate designs, logos and other decorations to make every toy unique.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Contactless processing

Laser engravers provide contactless processing, saving time and minimizing pressure exerted on the materials.

  • Materials do not need to be secured on table (in contrast to milling) 
  • No distortion of the material

Advantages of a Trotec laser

Multi-functional table concept for easy handling

Versatile and user-friendly

  • Create you design using your usual graphics program and send it to the laser using a print command
  • Eliminate time-consuming programming (as with CNC milling)

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® Laser Software: Simply intuitive. Efficient work.

Precision processing

  • Engrave intricate details and cut precise geometries

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality

No tool wear

  • No abrasion of the laser beam during material processing
  • No costs for new tools compared to a milling machine

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources with a particularly long service life

Less clean-up

During laser processing, the wood removed from the surface is vaporized, so there are no shavings.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

Trotec exhaust systems safely and efficiently remove and filter gases produced during laser engraving and cutting.

Effective and efficient processing

Laser engraving offers a higher level of efficiency, as well as capabilities to create more sophisticated product designs.

  • Colored engraving as a decorative element
  • Engraving can be done at high-speeds, with no post-processing or "clearing" required (as with milling) 

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Trotec's Speedy lasers are the fastest laser engravers on the market with a max. engraving speed of 3.55 m / sec and an acceleration of 5 g.

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Tips for laser cutting and laser engraving of toys

Things to consider before you laser process a wooden toy 

Wood is a natural material, so when you are planning a project you should consider factors such as the density and the resin content of the wood you are processing. Soft woods, such as balsa, require less laser power and can be cut more quickly. Hardwood, on the other hand, is denser so it requires more laser power. For MDF, which consists of glued wood fibers, we recommend using compressed air.

Is the wood engraving always dark?

The brownish-colored laser engraving is very common. When you process varnished wood with the appropriate laser settings, you can also achieve a white engraving. To do this, we recommend very low power at high speed.

How to handle smoke in the processing area

Laser processing of wood is a sublimation process -- meaning that the solid material combusts and is subsequently converted directly into gas. Dust is also formed, which appears like smoke. To handle these by-products created during wood processing, we recommend that you use an efficient extraction system. This will help you achieve perfect engraving and cutting results and increase the service life of your laser machine.