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The best wedding invitations, paper bookmarks, and catalogue covers are made through laser cutting paper. Here at Ponoko, we can laser cut paper with very intricate shapes using very precise machinery, offering the right price without making any compromise to quality. In industry, laser cut paper is used in chocolate wrapping. You can have us cut out basic wrapping that folds perfectly around your chocolate bars, or create very complex chocolate packaging boxes for gifting purposes. Laser cut paper has found uses in arts, crafts, wedding decorations, and gift cards. If you’re working on an art project and need very fine three-dimensional details, you can stack laser cut paper sheets upon each other to achieve very aesthetic effects. Whether you’re a wedding planner or an arts and crafts enthusiast, Ponoko offers laser cut paper at any quantity you want, and in a wide range of colors for you to choose from.
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What is laser cut paper?

Paper is a very versatile material and has been in production in many forms since Roman times. While paper can be cut using scissors or scored with a knife, laser cut paper uses a laser beam to cut out designs by vaporising the paper faster than it can catch fire. This burning action results in a browning of cut edges as well as a slight burning odour that fades with time.

Why use a laser cutter with paper?

Paper is a very easy material to cut, and tools used to cut paper rarely experience mechanical wear and tear. However, using a laser cutter to cut paper has some major advantages, and can even be used for more unusual applications such as 3D paper sculptures made using glued layers. The first advantage to using a laser cutter with paper is that the thin nature of paper combined with a powerful laser beam results in a cutting action that is faster and more accurate than mechanical methods such as a scoring knife or scissors. The second advantage is that laser cutters use numerically controlled motors whose commands are sent via a computer. Not only does this create a process that is easily repeatable, but the precision and accuracy of a laser cutter completely outperform any manual process. The third advantage is that a laser cutter can cut the middle of a sheet without needing a training cut from an edge. Simply put, a circle can be cut out of a sheet of paper whereas scissors would need to cut the paper from an edge to the point where the shape needs to be cut out from. The fourth advantage is that laser cutters are good for both prototyping and mass production. This means that any product which requires specifically shaped pieces of paper can use a service like Ponoko from an initial prototype to the final product. The fifth advantage of a laser cutter is that the combination of the small beam width and the ability to cut inside a piece of material can create extremely complex patterns and cut-outs with ease. For example, a paper snowflake is traditionally made by folding a piece of paper several times to enable for cutting the inside pattern, but a laser cutter could cut these patterns out without any folding needed.

Is using a laser cutter with paper expensive?

This question is quite subjective. While the base cost of the raw paper material is low, the majority of the cost is in hiring laser time and operators to run the machines. This means the cost for one part cut from paper will likely appear high compared to cutting by hand, but once you start needing duplicates of identical cuts you’ll soon find it’s more cost effective to use a laser to do the cutting.

What paper does Ponoko offer?

Ponoko offers a wide range of various paper materials and is referred to as cardstock. The term “paper” typically refers to the thin sheets used in printers (i.e. printing paper), and this is something that Ponoko does not cut. Instead, Ponoko offers cardstock which is much thicker than printing paper, and as such has greater mechanical strength. Ponoko offers cardstock in a wide variety of colors including gold, navy blue, and silver, and all cardstock has the same thickness of 0.01 inches.

How do paper and cardboard differ?

Cardboard is also made from paper, but the fundamental difference is the thickness and durability of cardboard. Cardboard is thicker and more rigid than paper and includes stock with both thick single layers (paperboards) or several layers (corrugated cardboards & mat boards). Corrugated cardboard uses internal waving structures of paper to create a more structurally sound material. The use of wavy walls helps to increase its strength vertically, while the separation of the two layers helps to reduce the weight of the cardboard. Corrugated cardboard is more resistant to shock and impacts than paper making it ideal for use in the packaging industry.

Can you engrave paper with a laser cutter?

You can absolutely engrave paper with a laser cutter, but the challenge is ensuring that the power of the laser beam is kept on the low side. Paper is a very thin material and far easier to cut than other materials meaning that engraving can cut the paper if the operator is not careful. Engraved paper leaves a burnt profile that can have a burnt paper odour, but the contrast between an engraving and the material is often very high (depending on the color of the base material).

What can you do with laser cut paper?

Laser-cut paper can be used in a wide range of applications including industrial, commercial, and even experimental research. For example, paper can be used for fashion and decorative purposes in papercrafts, packaging, and holiday/greeting cards. It can also be used as separation layers inside products such as speakers and microphones. Another use for laser cut paper would be to make stencils for graphic or solder paste applications.

Our precision paper laser cutting & engraving capabilities.

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±0.13mm

Dimensional accuracy.

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0-0.2mm

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0.1-19.1mm

Material thickness.

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790x384mm

Large parts.

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6x6mm

Tiny parts.

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1x1mm

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How we deliver custom cut paper parts, same day from $50 for just 1.

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Upload your designs online.
Get automated DFM feedback.
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Select paper materials online.
200+ engineering grade sheets.
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Get online quote in seconds.
From $50 for just 1 delivered same day.*
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Robots produce paper parts.
Quality checked by software & people.
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Track your orders online.
Same day delivery to Bay Area USA. Same day shipping worldwide. Standard shipping free.
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We’re online Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm PT to assist you design highest quality & lowest cost custom parts.

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Our software, then design inspector, laser operator & quality manager quality check all orders.

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The speed which you were able to have my design cut and shipped was incredibly quick. Everything is dead on for what I had designed and fits flawlessly.
- David Gabel
The pieces are exactly as I wanted them, even the little details are sharp and well done. I ordered the same pieces from different vendors to compare the quality, and yours came out on top, at the best price too. I'm looking forward to ordering from you again.
- Louis Mazet
Just wanted to let you know the chipboards came in yesterday and looked great. Thanks again for your help on this! I'm sure we will be in touch for the next one.
- Monica Rivera
Wow you guys have great prices ... You know I've been getting quotes from shops at like 4-8 times more.
- Ryan LeMere
Our laser cut centerpieces arrived on time, in excellent condition, and were a huge hit at our conference. We were so impressed with the quality and service that, when designing awards for our next event, we immediately thought of Ponoko.
- Wren Dillingham
THANK YOU for the incredible service. I have never experienced customer service like this before!!!
- Taylor Norman
Wow thank you guys for the super LIGHT SPEED processing! :)))
- Astrid Mueller
The website is extremely user friendly with lots of help built right in. The prices are competitive and the test pieces came to my door in immaculate condition.
- Craig Dillon
Everything went simply perfect. From the site to the pricing, from the support to the shipping and the part’s quality. A1! Thanks again and see you soon for other orders!
- Louis Brillon
WOW! Just arrived! Looks GREAT! Thanks so much :) Looking forward to using your service again!
- Erin McLaughlin
Ponoko came to our aid when we were looking for something that people wouldn’t merely look at then throw out in a swag bag at a very large conference. We ended up making leather bookmarks to promote a new released product, and though the end result was beautiful, the service was the best part.
- Jenn Contois
Wow - serious customer service! Really appreciate it!!
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From $50 for just 1. 93% off for 10,000.

Custom paper parts delivered same day.
*Same day delivery (or money back) is available for orders using a limited selection of materials, placed by 11am PT Monday - Friday, for 1-100 parts to Bay Area USA locations. Same day shipping (or money back) available to USA & worldwide locations.