Laser cutting and digital printing

Paper laser cutting and laser perforation in digital printing

laser cutter for paper and cardboard

Producing printed products (such as flyers, brochures or business cards) has evolved from fine skill to industrial laser production. Whereas the paper finishing process is used for large order volumes, digital printing and laser perforation has become the norm at several print retailers and copy shops as a result of it can be used for tiny and medium-sized print runs (up to approx. 5,000 pages per order). The advantage is that no static printing is employed, creating the potential to print every sheet differently. Combined with a laser system, digital printing presents several new prospects for paper finishing, giving print service suppliers opportunities to make new business areas with high-quality perforating and products, making even tiny print runs profitable.

Suitable materials for laser processing

Materials that can be printed by digital printing:

  • mainly paper (paper finishing in all possible formats and strengths)
  • acrylics
  • plastics
  • MDF


Application examples for laser processing in digital printing


By using Trotec industrial laser systems in combination with digital printing you can design your products in a higher quality and perforation.

  • Advertising technology:
    Advertising materials (such as brochure printing), flyers or high-quality packaging
  • Copy shops:
    Business cards finishing, greeting cards, invitation cards, etc.
  • Classic print shops:
    Labels, packaging, folding boxes, picture books or book covers, among others.

What is the purpose of buying a laser for the end processing of printing products?

Increased value through individualisation of printed products
The combination of digital printing and laser technology permits copy retailers, print shops and alternative print service suppliers to supply higher-quality finished products - over only one sheet of printed paper. thanks to finish processing with a laser, new business areas and new possibilities are opening up. whether you would like business cards, flyers, brochures, packaging or labels - by using laser cutting or lasers engraving, you'll be able to create these products more high-quality and sell them more expensively. With the engraving of logos, the individual laser cutting of names (personalisation) similarly as the most embellishment ornaments, you differentiate yourself from the competition.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Value increase of the printed products

With individual laser cut, printed products become more individual and therefore higher-quality (e.g. business card finishing or personalization of invite cards, etc.)
This will increase the profitability for the print service provider
Paper finishing is quite straightforward leaflet printing or flyer printing - thanks to finishing with the laser, the products become additional high-quality

Advantages of a Trotec laser

Broad product portfolio for each requirement, depending on the quantity of the order (flatbed systems, galvo laser cutters or automatic system)
Register mark recognition through JobControl Vision (flatbed systems) or SpeedMark Vision (Galvo laser)

Expansion of the product portfolio, new products

  • Through the use of laser technology, the printing service provider can offer his assortment with additional services (as e.g. contour cutting, finest engraving geometries, perforation, etc.)
  • This again means more profitability (even small runs are already highly profitable)

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Laser software JobControl or SpeedMark for easy handling of the laser jobs as well as register mark recognition for the most precise cutting and engraving results

Differentiation from the competition

  • In the printing industry, there are, in addition to a few large companies, very many small print service providers, all of which have a similar product portfolio
  • With laser finishing, you can easily distinguish yourself from the competition and at the same time offer high-quality products

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Broad product portfolio for every requirement, depending on the order volume (flatbed systems, galvo laser cutter or automated system)
  • Professional advice, support and service from Trotec experts

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

  • The laser can be used to bridge the profitability gap for conventional die-cutting, since no cost-intensive cutting dies are required
  • Minimal set-up times (digital data, software-controlled) result in short production and delivery times

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • GS1200 for automated paper finishing
  • SpeedMark software for data import, graphics processing and also the generation of bar codes, user surface (adapted with the help of macros) and processing of variable data from external systems and databases

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