Laser Engraving & Cutting Wood

Tips & Tricks for Laser Processing Wood

Here, we will be showing you what you need to keep in mind and what to expect when working with wood, as well as how you can constantly improve your processing results.

What Kind of Wood is Suitable for Laser Processing?

Seeing as wood is a natural material, you need to consider the various characteristics that come with processing such a product, such as density and resin content.

RememberThe more consistent the colour and grain of the wood is, the better the laser engraving results will be.

Suitable Wood Types

Soft Woods

Soft woods, including balsa or poplar, require a lower laser power level and can be engraved and cut much faster that their harder counterparts. The engraving will, however, be less contrasted - it produces a very light engraving.

Hard Woods

Harder woods, like oak or cherry, are examples of dense wood that required a much higher laser power level when cutting and engraving. The contrast is start and attractive, unlike softer woods.

Coniferous Woods

Woods like larch or fir are not really suitable for laser engraving. They usually have very uneven grains, which are also usually very hard and difficult to work with. And then, the wood surrounding the grains is rather soft, making it hard to determine the correct parameters for this kind of wood.


Wood veneers are made up of real wood, so they show the same engraving properties as solid wood panels.


Plywood consists of at least three layers of wood, and the grain is glued and pressed at an angle of 90°. It is available in many different types of wood and thicknesses. It is very important for laser processing - especially for cutting applications. Choose a white-glued plywood panel if you're intending on laser processing it. Or, you can buy some that are specifically designed for lasers. Have a browse of our range

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)

MDF is a homogeneous, wood-based material made up of mostly defibrated, bark-free softwood. This is then pressed in longitudinal and transverse directions until it becomes a hardened, workable material. The surface and edges are smooth and firm, so MDF can easily be laser engraved or cut. However, please note that the cutting edges can become very dark during the laser process.

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