Laser Cut Cardboard & Paper

Cardboard is broad term used to describe the versatile material made from paper pulp. It comes in many forms, from a thick paper called cardstock to the robust corrugated fibreboard that’s used for packaging or even sculpting. Versatile and relatively inexpensive, the uses for cardboard are seemingly endless. It’s used widely in our day-to-day lives, in packaging and crafting at home and all around us in retail environments. Cardboard is also one of the materials with the least environmental impact because it’s easy to recycle and is biodegradable.

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Typical Uses

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Cardboard has an advantage over other materials because it is cheap to manufacture and it’s easy to work with. The uses for laser cut cardboard and paper are plentiful, here are just a few of the applications that have utilised laser technology…

  • Packaging
    Corrugated cardboard boxes, perforated packaging, stickers, product labels 
  • Craft
    Scrapbook materials, 3D models, greetings cards, bookmarks
  • Wedding
    Laser cut invitations, brochures, menus, order of the day, place cards
  • Retail
    POS displays, prototypes, leaflets, free standing display units

Precision Cutting

Laser Cutting Paper

A laser paper cutter can transform something simple into something incredibly beautiful. A humble sheet of paper becomes a work of art with the use of a CO2 laser, which is capable of producing crisp, clean edges no matter your design. From scrapbooking supplies to greetings cards, laser cutting paper with a Lotus Laser system produces precision cuts with higher throughput, allowing you to mass-produce a product that looks like it’s been intricately handmade.


Laser Cut Cardboard

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Laser cut cardboard is light yet surprisingly rigid, making it a perfect choice for a range of applications. Crafted from wood fiber, it’s formed from layers of paper and is an eco-friendly material that’s recyclable and biodegradable. Relatively inexpensive, cardboard is easy to work with because it can be cut and folded with ease. It’s no wonder then that it’s so widely used in a range of industries, and no longer just for packaging purposes.

Thanks to laser technology, the scope of what paper and cardboard can truly be used for has been realised. From model parts and craft materials to POS displays, laser cut cardboard is adaptable to benefit a range of sectors from e-commerce to events.

Laser Technology

The Power of CO2

CO2 laser systems are excellent for cutting organic materials such as paper and cardboard. Making use of CO2 gas in a sealed tube, acting as the laser medium, they operate at the 10,600nm wavelength. There are two main types of CO2 laser, commonly referred to as DC (direct current) and RF (radio frequency). We opt for RF technology in many of our machines as they can operate at much higher speeds. The quality of the beam delivery and life expectancy of an RF CO2 laser can be over 20,000 hours, making a Lotus Laser CO2 system a worthwhile investment for your paper and cardboard cutting needs.

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Benefits of Laser Cutting Paper

Laser cutting paper and cardboard has opened up new creative possibilities in art, design, and industry. With the right laser wavelength, precision cutting becomes a reality, leading to stunning and intricate paper creations. From art and craft to packaging and prototyping, the applications of laser-cut paper are diverse, and the benefits of this technology are undeniable. As laser technology continues to advance, the future of paper cutting promises even more innovative and intricate designs. Here are just some of the benefits of laser cutting paper over traditional cutting methods… 

Laser cutting offers unmatched precision and accuracy, allowing for intricate and complex designs that would be challenging or impossible to achieve with traditional cutting methods.

Laser cutting is a fast and efficient process, making it suitable for both small-scale projects and large-scale production runs.

Minimal Waste
Laser cutting minimises material wastage, as it can be optimised to produce minimal kerf (the width of the cut), reducing paper usage and costs.

Laser technology can cut a wide range of paper types and thicknesses, from delicate tissue paper to thick cardstock, providing versatility for various applications.

Laser cutting allows for easy customisation, enabling businesses and individuals to create unique, one-of-a-kind designs.



Whether you’re an industrial manufacturer or small business we have solutions to help you laser cut cardboard and paper. From greetings cards and packaging to product labels, our laser machines are designed to do it all.

As one of the first commercially available UV laser marking machines, the Meta-C UV is able to mark practically anything. Designed to serve the commercial and industrial sectors, built with our time-tested Meta-C chassis, with a projected working life of over 15 years.

Beam Delivery Laser Type Power (W)
3D (3-Axis) Ultraviolet 5-15

Built for etching and engraving at speed, the Meta-C CO2 laser etching machine is a different beast to our Blu systems, built within the Gen7 Meta-C chassis, this 3D (3-Axis) Galvo CO2 laser source is extremely accurate and comes in a wide range of power options.

Beam Delivery Laser Type Power (W)
3D (3-Axis) CO2, Fiber, UV 5-200W

With more than twice the power commonly found in this size of laser cutter, the Blu70 delivers twice the cutting speed and cuts thicker materials more safely. Built to be the cost-effective and flexible solution for business and education alike.

Work Area Laser Type Power (W)
700mm x 500mm CO2 60

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