Laser Cutting
Paper & Cardboard

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

laser cutter for paper and cardboard

Paper is a great medium for laser processing. Using a Trotec, you can laser cut paper, paperboard, and cardboard for digital printing, for packaging prototype construction, model making, or scrapbooking. In addition to increasing the quality and value of finished pieces, lasers offer benefits such as improved efficiency and expanded capabilities that open the door to new design options and set you apart from the competition.

Suitable materials:

  • fine paper
  • art paper
  • uncoated paper
  • handmade paper
  • cardboard
  • card
  • corrugated cardboard

With a Trotec CO2 laser cutter, you can laser cut and engrave paper.


Application examples for laser cutting and laser engraving of paper

With a laser paper cutter, you can create invitations, table cards or high-quality packaging with a haptic individual engraving. You can create even the smallest lettering and detailed graphics clearly and consistently with a laser engraver. Delicate, laser-cut patterns give cards or packaging that special touch. You can also create unusual shapes from printed papers with the laser contour cut.

Applications:

  • greeting cards
  • invitations
  • table cards
  • high-quality packaging
  • book covers
  • business cards

Industries:

  • paper finishing
  • school supplies
  • decorations
  • arts and crafts
paper pop up card laser cutting

What is the point of buying a laser for the laser cutting and laser engraving of paper?

In contrast to a cutting plotter or the punch press, you can use a laser cutting machine to produce even the finest geometries with the highest precision. During the laser engraving, the surface of the paper is removed and the result is a high-quality finish. This gives you complete freedom in the implementation of your ideas. Using digital production, these designs can be quickly realized with a Trotec laser in just a few process steps.

Function and advantages of laser technology

One tool for all geometries

  • The laser beam is the universal tool for all geometries and material thicknesses. Depending on the lens used, the laser beam is about 0.1 mm wide. Thus, almost any geometry can be cut using the laser.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality

High-quality paper finishing and haptic effect due to deep engraving

  • The laser engraving leads to a noticeable effect on the paper without smudge marks

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Good interplay of precise Trotec laser systems, the right use of compressed air and vacuum as well as suitable parameters

Precise laser cutting of printed materials

  • With Print&Cut applications, registration marks make it possible to determine the position and rotation of printed materials. The system dynamically adjusts the cutting path.

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • With JobControl® vision software, you can create amazing details and meet the most minimal tolerances.

Fine tool

  • Small fonts and finest details can be laser engraved and delicate patterns can be laser cut

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High-quality optics and best beam quality

Easier workflow

  • Designs are created in the normal graphics program and sent to the laser via the “Print” command

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simply intuitive. Efficient work.

No tool wear

  • No wear of the laser beam due to material processing
  • No costs for new tools compared to a cutting plotter

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore® laser sources with particularly long service life

No cutting dies

  • The throughput time is increased
  • No wear and tear of tool parts and cutting dies
  • No storage costs for die cutting

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore® laser sources with particularly long service life
"My Rayjet laser is perfect for my awards and engraving business. It's fast, easy to use, and there is very little maintenance. We can do more with it and get jobs done more quickly"
- Brenda Gatson - UPS Store 3841 -
"Trotec Laser allows Top That! Event to create fully customized cutting-edge products that our clients can’t get anywhere else!"
- Shylah Petkus - Stationery Manager at Top That Event -

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Tips for laser engraving and cutting paper

Can paper burn during laser cutting?

Paper is evaporated like wood, i.e. sublimated. During the cutting process, the paper is worn away in the form of a gas, visible as smoke, at high speed. The smoke transports the heat away from the paper, whereby the material is only minimally thermally burdened. With optimum parameters, Air Assist as well as Table Exhaust, the material can be successfully processed smoke-free without burnt edges and even with the finest contours.

Is it necessary to fix the material on the working surface?

Clamping or fixing the material is not necessary. During laser processing, no pressure is exerted on the material so the material is not crushed. Optimal cutting results can be achieved by using a vacuum table so that even corrugated materials e.g. cardboard lie flat on the processing table during laser cutting. You save time and money because no manual preparation of the material is required. This makes the laser cutter the perfect cutting tool for your paper applications.

Is the engraving always dark during the laser process?

The engraving result depends on different factors. A dark as well as a light engraving are possible even with dyed-through paper types. Thus, a so-called color change from dark to white can be achieved with a very low power output. Or just a dark haptic engraving with a higher power output. In the case of paper types with two or more layers, the cover layer is removed and the second color is thus visible. Laser cutting or engraving paper offers so many ways to create designs.

How can printed papers be cut precisely with the laser?

With the JobControl® Vision camera system, which detects distortions in the print and automatically adapts the cutting path, you can create the perfect contour cut of printed materials. Even flexible materials can be cut precisely and complex positioning is no longer required. You can save up to 30% of the process costs by combining registration mark detection systems and Trotec laser cutters.

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