Laser cutting and laser engraving in digital printing

Paper finishing, business cards finishing and end processing of printing products with a laser

laser cutter for paper and cardboard

Producing printed products (such as flyers, brochures or invitation cards) has evolved from fine craftsmanship to industrial production. While offset printing is used for large order volumes, digital printing has become the norm at many print shops and copy shops because it can be used for small and medium-sized print runs (up to approx. 5,000 pages per order). The advantage is that no static printing form is used, making it possible to print each sheet differently. Combined with a laser system, digital printing presents many new possibilities for paper finishing, giving print service providers opportunities to create new business areas with high-quality products, making even small 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

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Application examples for laser processing in digital printing

Applications

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

  • 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.
laser engraved business card

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

Increased value through individualization of printed products
The combination of digital printing and laser technology allows copy shops, print shops and other print service providers to offer higher-quality finished products - more than just one sheet of printed paper. Thanks to end processing with a laser, new business areas and new possibilities are opening up. Whether you need business cards, flyers, brochures, packaging or labels - by using laser cutting or lasers engraving, you can make these products more high-quality and sell them more expensively. With the engraving of logos, the individual laser cutting of names (personalization) as well as the most filigree ornaments, you differentiate yourself from the competition.

Function and advantages of laser technology

Value increase of the printed products

  • With the individual laser cut, printed products become more individual and thus higher-quality (e.g. business card finishing or personalization of invitation cards, etc.)
  • This increases the profitability for the print service provider
  • Paper finishing is more than simple brochure printing or flyer printing - thanks to finishing with the laser, the products become more high-quality

Advantages of a Trotec laser

  • Broad product portfolio for every requirement, depending on the volume of the order (flatbed systems, galvo laser cutters or automated 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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