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Wood Laser Cutting & Engraving

Wood can be cut quickly and easily with a CO2 laser. The best cutting woods with a laser are hardwoods such as oak, walnut, cherry, alder and birch.

It is possible to cut up to a thickness of  ¾” plywood on a single pass. The small focus point of the laser allows for bold and deep engraving in many wood species. Choosing wood with minimal grain structure will enable you to produce high-resolution and attractive engravings.

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Wood Laser Cutting & Engraving Examples

Kern is known for amazing 3D engraved wood images. The best wood for 3D laser engraving is cherry and birch. Some customers are looking to cut die-boards from plywood. This is best accomplished by using a longer focus lens and quality birch plywood that allows for tight blade installations.

Large panels of wood, MDF, or plywood can be laser engraved to create huge murals or eye-catching signs. The use of low wattage and small focused beams when cutting veneer allows for extremely tight patterns similar to handcrafted marquetry.

Also Known As

  • MDF
  • Timber
  • Veneers
  • Hardwood
  • Exotics
  • Softwood
  • Chipboard
  • Cork
  • Oak
  • Cherry
  • Walnut
  • Maple
  • Plywood

Common Uses

  • Company Recognition Plaques
  • Wooden Signs
  • Cheese Boards
  • Furniture
  • Urns and Caskets
  • Veneer Cutting
  • Wall Art
  • Privacy Screens
  • 3D Personalization
  • Wood Photos
  • Clocks


The OptiFlex is a high-performance, large-format CO2 laser cutting and engraving system. This is the most popular and versatile machine in Kern’s product line.

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The LaserCELL is a high-performance, Class I (enclosed) CO2 laser cutting and engraving system. This model features the perfect blend of safety and performance.

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The EcoFlex is an entry-level, large format laser cutting and engraving system. The EcoFlex is well-known as a highly-productive CO2 laser system offered at an economical price.

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Kern’s Small-Format MICRO laser system can be equipped with the same powerful CO2 lasers as our large format models.

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The OptiDual CO2 laser system features a dual laser and is capable of high-production cutting.

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  • Speed - cut large panels faster than a CNC router
  • Etch an image or photo onto a piece of wood
  • The deep rich look of 3D engraved hardwoods
  • Less waste
  • Cost saving on material
  • No contact means no sawdust
  • Pleasant smells during laser processing
  • Easy to program a cutting and engraving in one setup and file

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