Laser engraving laminate and laminate sheets

Laminate sheets for lables, signage, control panels and door signs

Laser engraving laminates are particularly popular for laser engraving, as they are compatible for both interior and exterior applications and offered in several colours, with several effects. Laminate sheets are typically used for signage, similar to dataplates, lables, control panels or door signs.

What are laminates?

Engraving laminates are 2- or 3-ply laminate sheets. They are made of a core layer of modified acrylic, which has been coated with a thin top layer. The engraving process reveals the color of the core material.


Application examples for laminates

With a laser you'll be able to produce durable markings and engravings. Unusual shapes create your final product interesting and high quality. From an easy rectangular shield to advanced contours and signs, a single piece or a tiny series with a Trotec laser engraving everything is possible.

  • Door signs
  • Dataplates
  • Nameplates
  • Advertising signs
  • Object signpostings
  • Labels
  • Switchboards
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Why should I buy a laser for engraving laminates?

Universal tool saves you time and costs. The laser beam is a universal tool for material processing, therefore there is no need for tool or grinding costs for milling cutters or drills. During processes, such as mechanical engraving, materials must often be clamped in place or fixed with a vacuum. Wherein this is not a necessity in laser processing. Thus saving time and money.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Efficient and cost-effective engraving

  • Complex contours and markings with unusual shapes can be implemented efficiently

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Speedy series: The fastest laser engravers available on the market with a maximum processing speed of 4.2 m/sec and an acceleration of 5 g

Non-contact processing

  • No time-consuming fixating of materials in comparison to other processing methods
  • No warping of the material

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Multifunctional table concept for easy handling

Simple high-quality digital manufacturing

  • Designs are created in your usual graphics program and sent to the printer via the printer command

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • JobControl® laser software: Simply intuitive. Work efficiently.

Fine tools

  • Small fonts and finest details can be engraved
  • One tool for all tasks

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • High quality optics and best beam quality

No tool wear

  • No wear of the laser beam due to material processing
  • No costs for new tools

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • CeramiCore laser sources with a particularly long service life
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Laminates laser engraving and cutting

Check out this video to see how TroLase can be used for signage, dataplates...

"Trotec's quality and service are both top. We are very satisfied with our Trotec laser engraving machine."
- Ms. Swant, owner of - Buzuci Engraving Services (Pretoria) -
"Quality and service is exceptional and a quick turnaround time for services and support."
- Peter Jackson, - Mimic Engraving (Johannesburg) -
"Trotec supply better quality and improved delivery service to our customers. The engraving and cutting quality is far superior to any of the other lasers machines we have owned before."
- Kim Kherlopian, director of - Image K Digital & Design (Boksburg, Johannesburg) -

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Tips for engraving laminates

Can any type of laminate be used for laser engraving?

There are several laminate sheets that are suitable only for laser engraving or only for milling. Only laser engraving laminates suitable for this purpose may be used for laminate engraving with laser. Trotec offers a broad range of laser and engraving materials.

What should be kept in mind when it comes to laminate engraving?

For laminate engraving, the use of a vacuum table is recommended, which fixates the laminate on the table during the engraving process. The thinner the topcoat of the laminate, the faster this layer can be ablated.

Laminates – engraving from bottom to top

Engrave laminates from the bottom up, so dust is extracted upwards and the top layer is not discolored. In JobControl® under “Platte” [Plate] → “Platte einstellen” [Set plate] you can specify the edge where the laser should start the engraving.

Defocus to avoid formation of grooves

Sometimes engraving appears to produce slight grooves. A Z-offset of 0.5 to 2 mm avoids formation of grooves and allows you to achieve smooth and clean results.

Dark laminate with bright topcoat

Is this problem familiar? You engrave the bright prime layer of a dark laminate, then you narrow the workpiece, and the cutting soils the remaining bright top layer. Our tip: Engrave the specified motif then apply masking tape; this protects the light-colored material throughout the cutting process, and you can merely accomplish the resulting dust together with the tape.

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