Featured Business – evright.com

We’ve taken 5 minutes to chat with Australia’s leading branding and recognition company, evright.com, who have locations in Adelaide and South East Queensland Australia. evright.com was one of the first engraving businesses in Australia to own a Trotec Laser machine, in the early 2000s.

Contact Name: Natalie

Contact details: sales@evright.com or 08 8231 2746

Established: 1966

Location: Adelaide SA and South East QLD

Number of staff: 10

How did evright.com get started?

In 1966, two partners joined to create Evright Trophies and Engraving. In the early 1980’s the current Director and owner Simon Moore bought out the business and built it into a large global trophy business. In 2004 he rebranded it to evright.com Pty Ltd. Simon is not directly involved in the business anymore, with a team onsite to continue the work he did previously.

How have you dealt with the recent CoVid pandemic?

Like most event based businesses, our turnover decreased significantly in March 2020. It is slowly recovering from an event based perspective. However, we decided to diversify our offering and launched a new division evright.com Industrial which is slowly gaining traction in the market.

Why the decision to purchase a Trotec Laser?

In the early 2000’s the Director Simon made a decision to partner with Trotec Laser and purchased one of their first speedy’s. The relationship is now coming up to almost 20 years and we still have a number of Trotec Laser machines in production.

What has been your favourite job to date?

We have so many of them it’s difficult to pick one! We really enjoyed creating the Adelaide City to Bay medals last year. From this year, a highlight has been the stunning chandelier artwork piece we created for the Tour Down Under Legend’s Dinner.

Some of  evright.com’s recent work is below:

Father’s Day Inspiration

Thanks to Trotec Laser Australia for this blog!

Laserable drink bottles and mugs

laserable insulated drink bottles and mugs are perfectly suited to personalisation through laser engraving by adding a special image, saying (eg “world’s best dad”) or artwork which will create the perfect gift for many special occasions including Father’s Day. A CO2 laser can be used for engraving these bottles and mugs.

New products in this range include:

  • Insulated 500ml drink bottles – red, navy, green, yellow, purple and turquoise
  • Insulated mugs – black 480ml and 360ml and pink 360ml

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Photo frames

Ready to laser engrave with a CO2 laser machine, our photo frames are available in a range of popular sizes and elegant finishes. They are made from alder wood and come complete with glass and folding easel back that allows for a vertical or horizontal orientation.

Ideal for gifts through personalisation and we think are perfect for many events including Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, new baby, wedding day, birthday celebrations and school photos.

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Notebooks

Our PU leather and linen covered notebooks are perfect for laser engraving personalised messages. Adding personalised graphics, words or slogans with a laser engraving makes it an extraordinary gift or giveaway. We see these used as travel journals, kitchen recipes, craft beer secrets, diaries and simple journals.

The books are manufactured in accordance with the best bookbinding traditions.

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DIY: Engraved leather belt

Leather belts are an essential item that are both fashionable and highly functional. Leather is also a fantastic material for laser engraving and cutting with a CO2 laser. In this DIY tutorial we show you the steps involved in laser engraving designs onto leather belts. We think they will be a nice addition to your personalised offering to customers.

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DIY: 3D retro wall sign for man cave

Every man cave needs a sign and we think this 3D retro sign is perfect! And while this picture is for a bakery, the beauty of a laser machine and design software is that you can choose the wording, and we provide the material shopping list, graphics file, laser parameters and step-by-step instructions in this tutorial. This sign is just not limited to a man cave, choose different colours to suit different scenarios.

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Lest We Forget – 25 April 2020

Australia + New Zealand Blog Post

With our regular ANZAC Day commemorations altered with CoVid restrictions, here are some of the recent jobs our registered businesses have done to recognise those that have served.

LEST WE FORGET.

Covid-19 Signage – DIY

“Wash hands” + “Keep distance” – Courtesy of Trotec Laser Australia

In our new tutorial, we show you how to create Covid-19 signage quickly and easily using various Trotec materials and your laser engraving machine. Materials include TroLase, TroLase Foil and TroGlass.


Preparation

Required material:

Sign “Wash your hands” Variant 1

Required material:

Sign “Wash your hands” Variant 2

Required material:

Sticker “Keep distance”


Machine used:

  • Speedy 300
  • 80 watts
  • 1.5″ lens
  • Aluminium cutting grid table or honeycomb cutting table

This sample can be produced with any other machine of the Speedy laser engravers.

Tip:

When working with TroLase or TroLase Foil, the following applies: If you use the entire work surface, use a vacuum table or an adhesive mat so that the material lies flat over the entire surface. Otherwise, cover the work surface with paper to create an optimal vacuum.

Downloads:

Download files


Step by Step

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Step 1: Import/Create Print & Laser Template

Create your own design or use our template. Now send the job to the laser with the settings below.
Important: If you use TroGlass Reverse, the file must be mirrored.

Print settings

Process modeResolutionCut line
standard500dpinone
HalftoneOther
Optimised geometries,
inner geometries first

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Step 2: Laser process

Now make the parameter settings. Our suggested parameters may vary depending on the laser machine used and the available laser power.
Remove the protective foil from the TroLase Foil or TroLase surface and then place the material in your laser. If you use TroGlass Reverse it is recommended to remove the foil after the laser process.


Laser Parameters:

MaterialColourProcessPower (%)Speed (%)ppi/HzPassesAir AssistZ-OffsetDirectionAdvanced
TroLase FoilblackEngrave CO255805001off1.5bottom to top
 redCut CO240120001on0
TroLaseblackEngrave CO265806001off1.5bottom to top
 redCut CO260120001on0
TroGlass ReverseblackEngrave CO218205001on0bottom to top
  redCut CO260120001on0

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Step 3: Assembly

To attach the parts to each other, first remove the protective film on the back of the blue TroLase shield. Now stick the TroLase label onto the yellow TroLase or the white TroGlass Reverse label according to the markings.
The signs are now ready for use!

You can of course produce these signs in all possible colour and material combinations.


Downloads

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Featured Business – Tiny Tots Designer Decor

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We’re back with our Featured Business in 2017, after a short break. We’ve taken 5 minutes to chat with Danella from Tiny Tot’s Designer Decor, who is located in Queensland Australia. She shares with us her experience upon purchasing her first laser machine, a Trotec Laser Rayjet and some of her favourite jobs. She works with engraving and cutting a variety of materials and products, for a very unique market.

Contact Name: Danella

Contact details: tinytotsdesignerdecor@outlook.com 0414967272

Established: 2013

Location: Mackay QLD

Number of staff: 1

How did you get started with Tint Tots Designer Decor?

Tiny Tots Designer Decor was established in 2013, from painting my Son’s name and wall decals, from there Tiny Tots went from making names to clocks, puzzles, black boards and cake toppers. Since purchasing a laser I have been able to make custom made decor, flat lays, Cake Toppers, Save the dates, Wedding invitations, Drop boxes and so much more. Tiny Tots ensures quality handmade and painted decor that is made especially for your Tiny Tot and business.

It would definitely be busy, what do you like to do away from the business?

In my down time I like to relax with my family and unwind.

Why the decision to purchase a Trotec Laser?

I purchased my own Trotec Rayjet laser as I wanted to design and create my own lines instead of having to rely on other suppliers. Since having my own laser it has given me the freedom to create.

Do you work specifically in market?

At Tiny Tots Designer Decor and Handmade by Danella we offer:

  • Wedding Decor
  • Home Decor
  • Children Decor

What has been your favourite job to date?

My favourite request to date has been designing an item for another handmaiden in W.A, we created bow catchers and the supplier has decorated them

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I have also enjoyed making several other items for other businesses as well 😊

 What would be your ultimate client or job and why?

I would love to work with a client and design their flat lays business cards display stands for market tables and creative pieces they could show the world and sell. I would like to expand into making initiations and stamps for weddings, more cake toppers for cake makers supplying decor as wholesaler, and engraving on stainless steel pendants to make jewellery with.

Some of Tiny Tot’s gorgeous work is below:

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Featured Business – Direct Trophies & Engraving

Our latest featured business is based in Geebung, Queensland. Welcome Direct Trophies & Awards!

Contact Name: Direct Trophies & Awards

Contact details: Hinesh Kaba

Established: 1962

Location: Geebung, Australia

Number of staff: 4

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Tell us a little about Direct Trophies & Awards and the team?

Direct Trophies & Awards has been an established business on the North side of Brisbane. We specialise in Awards & Recognition. We strive to provide our customers a good experience working with us.

What do you do in your down time away from the business?

Go for a drive & enjoy cars.

 How did you get into the engraving (or laser engraving) business and what do you enjoy most about it?

Saw the opportunity come by when I was in the market to do something different.  The use of laser machines in various environments excited me to develop my creative side with personalisation.

What type of machines do you have?

Speedy 300 Flexx

Speedy 400

Direct Colour Systems UV Printer

 What type of jobs / work do you do?

  • Engrave Trophies & Awards
  • Create Custom/Personalised awards
  • Laser Cutting
  • Laser Engraving
  • Create & Update Honour Boards
  • Create Promotional Items

What has been your favourite job and why?

Personalised a Gun. Had to be restored to original condition with branding and serial coding. Used the Flexx machine to mark the material.

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What would be your ultimate job and client to work with and why?

Working with designer/wedding specialised to create personalised wedding items for a special occasion.

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Halloween – Laser Cut Pumpkins

Nothing signifies Halloween like a glowing Jack o’Lantern with a unique pattern. In this tutorial we show you how to create a unique Halloween pumpkin using a laser. This has been replicated courtesy of our global premium partner Trotec Laser USA. Click here to be taken directly to the laser parameters.


Preparation

Required material:

  • pumpkin
  • pumpkin carving kit or sharp knife and large spoon or ice cream scoop
  • duck tape
  • tooth brush
  • a candle or LED lights

Used Trotec Laser:

  • Speedy 400
  • 80 watts
  • 2 inch lens

Download the Parameters here:

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Step by Step

Step 1: Find a perfect pumpkin

Buy a pumpkin from your local supermarket or from a farm shop. Try to find one that’s a good size with little visible damage/marks. The perfect pumpkin has a smooth surface and a uniform colouring.

Step 2: Place the pumpkin in the laser

Put the pumpkin in the laser and position it with some tape, if necessary. Open our template or design your own pattern, and then send the file to the laser.

Parameters used:

Engraving: Power: 100% – Speed: 25% – Frequency: AUTO – Air Assist: ON – Passes: 2
For a perfect engraving result, we’ve activated the “High Quality” option.

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Step 3: Wash it

After processing it with the laser, it is necessary to clean the pumpkin with lukewarm water and a toothbrush.

Step 4: Prepare tools

Take a sharp knife and a spoon. You will also need 2 bowls – one for the seeds and the other one for pumpkin pulp.

Step 5: Hollowing

Cut out the lid at the top of the pumpkin and take all the seeds and the pumpkin strings.You can use a spoon, but it is easier just using your hands.

After that use a spoon to clean out the inside of the pumpkin. Scrape away the walls and put the pumpkin pulp into the second bowl.

Step 6: Let it glow

Wipe the inside of the pumpkin down with a kitchen sponge. Place a candle or a LED-light inside the pumpkin and close the lid. Now your Jack o’ Lantern is ready for Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Tips and Tricks:

Sprinkle some cinnamon on the underside of the lid. Some people claim this makes the pumpkin last longer.

Hollowing out the pumpkin can be quite exhausting. An ice cream scoop can make your job easier.
Don’t thow the pumpkin pulp away – keep it and cook a delicious soup.


Laser engraving fashion with RMIT FabShop

They below video is from RMIT Fashion School who use their laser machine to create amazing fashion designs. This is great inspiration for anyone looking to extend their current laser offering. All images and content from RMIT FabShop facebook page.

Laser breakthrough! @makemeloco’s gorgeous gold moth cuffs showing you can etch into the back of mirrored acrylic and get amazingly subtle results.

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Playing with laser cutting scubaknit. Self fastening technique by @skyrafts

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Laser Engraving Control – guest post

Today’s post comes courtesy of Tim Mathes II, he is a Laser Operator at Superior Labels based in Betterndorf, Iowa United States. He has sent it through as this product has been very beneficial to him in assisting with laser operations and thought other laser users may benefit too. Thanks for thinking of us Tim! This is a direct reproduction of an article by PI Engineering found here.

Laser Engraving Control

XKE-128

“Your product has helped me so much with speed and convenience. This is something I want people to know about.
– Tim Mathes II

RubberStamps.net asked us to blur out some of the legends on the X-keys XKE-128 Tim set up to optimize workflow for their process.  We can’t blame them for not sharing their secret weapon.

XKE-128

The X-keys runs Corel Photo-Paint, Corel Draw, and laser engraving control software. Tim tells us, “I have 220 programmed keys with a majority of them being application specific.”

  • OS functions: Cut, Copy, Paste, Show Desktop, Select All, Alt-Tab, Ctrl+O, Ctrl+P, and Import
  • Shortcuts to 7 files, 14 directories, 1 URL address, and 6 programs
  • A Layer Toggle key
  • 14 Keys that involve keyboard shortcuts and menu options within specific programs.
  • Various keys for multiple settings.

Tim programmed the LED backlighting in banks to designate groups of keys. He also programed some special functions including keys alternating colors, or flashing for a period of time or until other specific keys are pressed. “Indeed, like you say on your site, it does kind of become addicting in a fun way. Not only to use – but to really figure out how to take advantage of it,” he writes.

“MacroWorks is very user friendly and has many options to take advantage of. It is a very powerful tool that I am glad to have. It is convenient that I can save a file of the script for backups or updating the other XKE-128 that we use. This also makes it easy to experiment on functions or rework the key layout at home then take that updated Script back to the office.“

“I find it nice that the keys are interchangeable. It is also neat that the caps pop off so I can make my own legend tailored to my specific layout and functions that I have programmed. So those features plus the programmable LED banks makes customizing the look of the keys more pleasant and easier to navigate. It has sped up particular processes that were tedious and time consuming before. Certain actions are way more convenient now.”

Click here to find out more.