Paper, cardboard and other packaging materials can be cut easily and quickly with the correct laser system. The Trotec lasers are well suited for processing materials that are thermally sensitive like paper. Laser cutting is a non-contact method that can cut these types of material cleanly and quickly without negatively affecting the substrate. The best results are obtained when using the Trotec laser in conjunction with the optional vacuum table. Thin materials can be retained “flat” during laser cutting ensuring the best quality.
Laser cut paper, laser engraved paper, and perforating with Trotec laser paper cutters
Laser cutting paper with a Trotec laser is a quick and easy process for processing paper, paperboard and cardboard for digital printing, packaging prototype construction, scrapbooking or model making. The benefits offered by a Trotec laser paper cutting machine provides a myriad of new design options, which can set your business apart from the competition. Laser cut paper offers an unlimited range of design opportunties - from wedding invitations to special documents. Laser cut paper adds value and a stylish finish.
Even engraving paper with a Trotec laser delivers impressive results. Whether you want to replicate logos, photographs or ornaments, there are no limits to your graphic design capabilities. In fact, how the laser finishes the surface of the paper increases your design freedom.
How does laser cutting and laser engraving of paper work?
Trotec laser paper cutter machines are ideal for replicating even the finest geometries with maximum precision and quality. A paper cutting plotter, which drags on the material, simply can't deliver the same results. Trotec laser paper cutting machines not only allow for cutting even the most delicate paper forms, but also engraving logos or pictures can be done effortlessly.
Does the paper burn during laser cutting?
Laser cut paper and cardboard have a similar chemical composition to wood. When the laser hits the paper, the paper evaporates suddenly (sublimation). In the cutting clearance area, the evaporated paper escapes in gaseous form (smoke), at a high rate. As the smoke transports the heat away from the paper the thermal load on the paper near the cutting clearance is relatively low. As a result, the paper will have smoke residue or burnt edges, even for the finest contours.
Do I require special accessories for laser cutting of paper?
When you want to laser cut printed materials, a camera system is an ideal accessory to enhance your laser's capabilities. The i-cut® camera system allows for perfect contour cutting of printed materials, and even flexible materials are cut precisely. There is no time consuming positioning of paper and cardboard on the working surface, any distortions in the impression are detected and the cutting path is then adapted to suit. You can save up to 30% of process costs by combining an i-cut® optical registration mark detection system with a Trotec laser.
Do I have to fix the paper to the working surface?
No, not manually. To achieve optimal cutting results for paper, we recommend using a vacuum table. Thin or corrugated materials, like cardboard, are positioned flat on the working table. As the laser doesn't exert any pressure on the paper during the laser process, you don't have to clamp or fix the material. As it is 'contact less', it also prevents crushing of the paper when cutting or engraving. This saves both time and money preparing the material and throughout the process. Thanks to these benefits, a Trotec laser is the perfect paper cutting machine.
Industrial laser marking offers an ideal application for delicate materials such as papers and foils. Trotec’s laser marking equipment offers contact-free processing for paper marking, ensuring that the material does not undergo any mechanical load, and remains both untouched and undamaged while being marked.Laser solutions are especially useful when marking complex and intricate designs on paper or foil, or working with thin, fibrous foils that have a tendency to fray. Using laser marking in these cases offer a cost-effective approach to creating one- and two-dimensional designs, and "seals" the material’s edge to ensure accuracy and permanence.
In more advanced applications, the laser and vacuum table can be used with the i-Cut® Vision registration-mark recording and cut-path compensation system. This allows the laser to simulate and operate as a “digital die-cut system”.