Paper and cardboard laser cutting, engraving, incision and perforation
Laser cutting paper and cardstock is a quick and easy process that can be used for processing paper, cover and card stock. This can be used for digital printing, packaging prototype development, model making or scrapbooking. The benefits of a laser paper cutting machine open up new design options for you, setting you apart from the competition. Engraving the paper with the laser produces impressive results. This applies to logos, photos and ornaments – there are no restrictions on graphic design. On the contrary: surface processing with the laser beam only increases the freedom of design.
Suitable materials for cardboard laser cutting
- Paper (fine or art paper, uncoated paper) up to 600 grams
- Corrugated cardboard
How does paper and cardboard laser cutting work?
Lasers are extremely suitable for making even the finest geometries. Maximum precision and quality are guaranteed. A cutting plotter can not meet those needs. Laser paper cutting machines not only allow the most delicate paper shapes to be cut, but also the engraving of logos or photographs can be implemented effortlessly.
Cardboard laser cutting
Laser cutting of cardboard is also fast and effortless. There is a chance that discoloration will occur at the edges, but for prototyping and custom solutions, laser cutting of cardboard offers a flexible, fast and cheap production method.
Want to get a quote, demonstration or your own material?
You are most welcome to see whether laser technology is a suitable solution for your cutting application or application. Bring your digital design or material to a demonstration and we can view the result on the spot. You can of course send it to
Examples of laser cutting of paper and cardboard
Does the paper burn during laser cutting?
As with wood, which has the same chemical composition, the paper evaporates (“sublimation”). In the area of the cutting clearance, the transition from the solid paper phase to the gas phase takes place. This becomes visible in the form of smoke, at a rapid rate. This smoke carries the heat away from the paper. As a result, the heat load on the paper, close to the cutting clearance, is relatively low. This aspect in particular makes laser cutting paper interesting: the material has no smoke residue or burnt edges; not even for the most delicate contours.
Do I have to attach the material to the work surface?
No, not manually. To achieve optimal cutting results, we recommend the use of a honeycomb bed, on which you fix the material with small magnets. Thin or wavy materials, such as cardboard, are positioned flat on the work table. The honeycomb supports the material so that it lies nicely flat. In addition, this prevents the material from breaking. The laser does not exert any pressure on the material during the process. For more accurate positioning, there are also options to use a vacuum table. Clamps or any other form of fastening is therefore not necessary. This saves time and money when preparing the material. All these advantages make the laser the perfect cutting machine for paper.
Laser cutting paper and cardboard with CO2 laser machines
For cutting cardboard, paper, wood, leather, and a large number of plastics you have a CO2 laser machine required. Important things to keep in mind are: what is the maximum size of the object that I want to cut out, that determines the size of your worktop and what is the maximum thickness that has to be cut that determines the laser power you need.