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Events - 3 May 2024

Print Techniques – Laser Cutting

Laser cutting creates intricate and precise cuts, bevond the limits of die-cutting. A computer-controlled laser vaporises the paper, allowing any shape to be created without the shape restrictions associated with metal dies.


    • Use good quality paper, because it will be more likely to cut cleanly, rather than tearing.
    • Keep in mind what appears behind the cut. Contrasting papers may bring out the laser cut design the most, while tone on tone will create a more subtle effect.
    • Favour laser cutting for low to medium volume run lengths, including prototypes, since no tooling is required.
    • Ensure you perform test cuts to check settings for the paper.
    • Expect some burn marks on the edges of the paper, especially on the reverse. The effect can be minimized thanks to your supplier’s expertise and your choice of paper. Coated papers in particular are more prone to marking.
    • If done well, laser cutting can lend a very elegant appearance to your designs. For example, you can bevel the edges of invitation cards, engrave the covers of books or make your business cards stand out by etching.
    • Do not start a project without considering how the printed application will be used. The possibilities of laser cutting are limitless, but keep in mind the functionality and longevity of the printed material.
    • Before embarking on the project, always check if the paper is suitable for laser cutting.
    • Do not plan a space between cuts below 5 times the thickness of vour material.
    • If you plan to laser cut areas that have been previously hot foiled, consult with your printer first, as the foil could react with the laser.
    • Remember to crease, fold, emboss or die-cut before laser cutting the paper.
    • Do not use papers that contain plastic or film laminates.