How to work with our Trotec LaserPaper range
LaserPaper: Wood, Synthetic & Colours
Trotec LaserPaper is a laser-friendly paper that has been specifically designed to produce outstanding results when processed with a laser machine. It allows you to produce a high colour contrast when laser engraved, and a crisp, clean-cut edge when laser cut.
Read on to learn how to achieve the best engraving and cutting results when using our LaserPaper.
LaserPaper 'Wood' actually consists of a very thin layer of real wood that has been carefully attatched to a white paper base. This provides you with an ideal combination of wood and paper - the beautiful appearence of the natural wooden grain as well as the flexibility and printing quality of tough, duable paper.
You are free to use any of the wood or paper settings when processing this wooden paper with your machine. For example, you can use low DPI (333-500) for engraving and around about 1000Hz for cutting. The paper can even be perforated or scratched in the same way other materials can. And, if you want a stronger colour-change, all you need to do is increase the Z-Offset. Reducing the speed will also help you to produce a high-contrasted, quality result.
Notes for Printing on LaserPaper 'Wood'
One of the specialities of our wooden LaserPaper is its high printing quality. This product is not limited to your laser machine - it can be printed with a standard office printer as well!
If you want to use your own printer, you just need to ensure you enter the correct paper thickness.
LaserPaper 'Synthetic' is made from polyester, combining the maximum strength and longevity of plastic, while providing you with an excellent cut when processed with a laser. LaserPaper 'Synthetic' is UV-resistant, cannot be torn easily and is even waterproof - have you ever heard of a more intelligent paper range!?
When using this paper in your laser machine, the material can only be cut. To achieve good cutting results, we recommend using a 1.5" or 2" lens and a small nozzle, and always turn on the air assist function! The material can be cut with about 2000Hz. To achieve an especially nice cutting result, we suggest adjusting the Hz to the correct cutting speed. If you are cutting slowly (0.1-2%), a Hz level of 1000 may be sufficient. However, if you are cutting at 1000Hz at a speed of 3%, the individual pulses of the laser may be visible on the material. If this is happening to you, you should try increasing the frequency to 5000Hz. Please remember - if you're in doubt about your settings, always do a test sample before beginning your project!
Light engraving allows for controlled folding and bending of your paper, which can be great for origami or paper cards!
Notes for Printing on LaserPaper 'Synthetic'
The white Synthetic LaserPaper can be used in any conventional printer and you shouldn't have any issues. You just need to ensure that the paper thickness settings are set up correctly.
The transparent Synthetic LaserPaper cannot be used in a conventional printer. The colour will not stick to the material and will rub off or smudge.
LaserPaper 'Colours' includes a wide variety of paper that comes in many different shades and thicknesses. The paper's colour will not fade over time, and it is easily foldable and bendable. This makes it perfect for laser processing! If this paper is marked with a laser, the individual colour pigments will be bleached and coloured again. Depending on the paper you’ve selected, you can actually select the colour you'd like to see in the engraving, ranging from white to dark brown.
Light Engraving on Dark Paper: You can partially bleach the paper's colour, and then create a light engraving on a darker paper. No Z-Offset is required for bleaching. Usually, you'll only need to lower the laser power.
Dark Engraving on Light Paper: Try working with a Z-Offset to achieve a dark engraving on light paper. You can even reduce the speed of the laser machine itself, which will help you to achieve a greater, more stark contrast. We suggest using a resolution between 333 and 500dpi.
Marking a Hairline: You can draw a hairline into the paper using a low-performance parameter. Although the parameter is defined in the database as 'Cutting', we suggest using a lower power setting along with the Z-Offset. This should help you achieve a colour change, but differently to when engraving.
Scratching: If you intend on folding the material, maybe for origami or paper cards, you can easily insert a hairline in an RGB colour into the graphic. Assign the 'Cutting' function to this colour in the parameter database, ensuring you don't use too much power! This will leave a scratch in your paper, meaning you can bend and fold it easily at that point.
Cutting: Cut the paper at 1000Hz and activate air assist. Be cautious of very fine cuts, as the cut-outs can easily get blown away by air assist and cause damage. In this situation, you need to deactivate air assist. Or, if it is possible, you can simply adjust it so that it is working on lower power. You can also protect the lens from deposits of soot and powder by using a smaller nozzle.