Laser Marking on Wood

As wood is in constant demand across many industries, it will continue to play a major role in our everyday lives. From homes, to toys and furniture, flooring, paper, and more, manufacturers and businesses worldwide require quick and reliable methods to mark their wooden products.

What is Paper Marking?

Laser marking paper, or paper marking, is the process of using a marker to create images, logos, barcodes, or characters on paper-based surfaces.

When talking about laser marking paper surfaces, that could mean wood, cardboard, or paper. Stamping is an option for marking on paper, but laser marking machines ensure long-lasting and clear marks that stamping cannot replicate.

Decorative Wood Marking

Using a laser engraver for personalized wooden decorations is a high-quality option. CO2 laser markers can create any design, from logos to images. What’s more, the laser markers ensure clean, fast, and permanent engraving. Laser marking is perfect for a wooden memento as it can last a lifetime.


Carton is a broad term for a lightweight box or container typically made of cardboard. A popular way to mark cartons is using ink stamps. However, ink stamps can be susceptible to environmental disintegration, which is especially harmful to expiration dates or other product information. Laser marking cardboard ensures high-quality marking with no faint or missing characters. Additionally, laser marks are permanent and not vulnerable to environmental damage.

Types of Laser Engraving on Cardboard and Wood

White Marking

White marking is achieved by using high-powered heat from a CO2 laser to burn designs, logos, barcodes, or characters onto pre-printed surfaces. The pre-printed surface has a coating that is not white. In other words, for the best visibility, white marking on a dark surface is an optimal choice.

Dark Marking

Dark marking is achieved by using high-powered heat from a CO2 laser to burn designs, logos, barcodes, or characters onto an unprinted paper surface. Unlike white marking, the unprinted surface is white, so the dark marking contrasts with the base color.

Dark marking is a more efficient alternative to stamping. With stamping, every time a design is changed, a new stamp must be made. With a laser marker, the marker simply uses a different program.

Advantages of Laser Engraving on Cardboard and Wood

Short Wavelength and Thin Beam Model

The short wavelength and thin beam model achieves precise and damage-free marking. The laser eliminates product damage by refined marking that is shallow and sharp. No rough edges or evidence of intense drilling is left behind on any products.

Quality Adjustment Level

There are two types of laser engraving on cardboard and wood: white marking and dark marking. However, only one laser marking machine is required. The quality adjustment level allows for adjustment of speed or quality depending on marking needs. There are five adjustment levels: Top Speed, High Speed, Standard, High Quality, and Top Quality. With these choices, efficiency is increased because there is no downtime for the changeover of equipment.

3-Axis Control

The CO2 Laser Marker ML-Z Series has 3-Axis control, meaning it has capabilities for distortion-free 3D marking. The 3-Axis control automatically adjusts the focal point of the laser depending on the target's size and shape, allowing for laser marking cardboard that is stepped, inclined, cylindrical, or conical.

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