How to work with the Trotec LaserPaper range
LaserPaper Wood and Colors
LaserPaper is a laser-friendly paper, which produces outstanding results when printed, laser cut and laser engraved. Trotec‘s LaserPaper has been carefully selected to produce a high level of colour contrast when laser engraved and a crisp, clean edge when laser cut.
Follow our tips in order to receive best engraving and cutting results.
LaserPaper Wood consists of a thin layer of real wood on white paper as the base material. This provides an ideal combination of the advantages of wood, the appearance of the natural grain and options for processing with the advantages of paper, like flexibility and printing performance.
You can use any of the wood or paper settings to process this wood paper with the laser. This means: You can use low DPI (333-500) for engraving and approx. 1000 Hz for cutting. The paper can be perforated or scratched in the same way. If you want a greater change of color for the engraving, increase the Z-offset. Reducing the speed will also produce a good high-contrast result.
Notes on printing on LaserPaper Wood
A special USP of the LaserPaper Wood is the possibility of high quality printing. This wood paper cannot only be processed with the laser - it can also be printed on with a simple standard printer.
If you want to use the office printer to print on this material, you just have to ensure that you select the right paper thickness.
LaserPaper Colors includes a wide variety of paper in various colors and thicknesses. The paper color does not fade, and the paper is foldable and bendable, making it perfect for laser processing.
If this paper is marked with a laser, the individual color pigments are bleached and colored in again. Depending on the paper selected, you can select an engraving color from whitish to dark brown.
Light engraving on dark paper: You can partially bleach the paper color and then, for example, create a light blue engraving on a blue paper. No Z-offset is needed for bleaching. Usually, just a low laser power setting is needed for this.
Dark engraving on light paper: Work with Z-offset to achieve dark engraving on light paper. You can also reduce the speed of the laser to achieve even greater contrast. You should use a resolution between 333 and 500 dpi.
Marking a hairline: You can draw a hairline by using a low-performance parameter. Although the parameter is defined in the database as “Cutting”, use a low power setting and the Z-offset to achieve a color change different to normal engraving.
Scratching: If you want to fold the material in a controlled way, you can insert a hairline in an RGB color in the graphic. Assign the “Cutting” function to this color in the parameter database. When you set this parameter, make sure you don't use too much power. This will put a scratch in the paper and you can easily bend it at that point.
Cutting: Cut the paper at 1000 Hz and activate the air assist function. Be careful with very fine cuts because the cut-out parts could get blown away by Air Assist and cause errors. In this case, you must deactivate the Air Assist function or, if possible, adjust it to be lower. You can protect the lens from powder deposits in this case by using the small nozzle.