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

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 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

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“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.

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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.

Featured Business – WA Engraving

Our next Featured Business is located in Western Australia. All engraving businesses typically start small, and the determination to work and grow is a testament to the owners. Jeff currently works on WA Engraving part time and we’re sure he will grow as his customer base grows!

Welcome WA Engraving!

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Contact name: Jeff Tennant Contact details: email is best – jeff@waengraving.com.au or waengraving.com.au , ph. 0450 497 352 Established: 2014 Location: Landsdale, WA Number of staff: 1

Tell us a little about WA Engraving and the team.

WA Engraving is currently only me, Jeff. I currently run WA Engraving as a part time business, operating in the evening and weekends.

My goal with every job is to do the best possible engraving I can to suit the client’s needs. I offer the care and attention to detail that only a small company can. If redrawing artwork will give a better result, then I’ll do that. If doing several passes with the laser will give a better result than I’ll do that. My goal isn’t to get the job done quickly, it’s to get the job done right.

If an urgent job is required, I can be flexible and will work with you to make sure it’s finished in time. If I can do it, I will, and I’ll do the best job possible.

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

My current hobby is remote control helicopters, cars and planes. I’ve also been making my own remote control car by laser cutting the components. I’m still waiting for some of the electronics to arrive so I’m not sure if it will work yet but I’m having fun with it!

How did you get into the laser engraving industry and what do you enjoy the most about it?

For the past 5 years I’ve been working in the promotional industry. The company I worked for had an old laser engraver machine which broke and I was assigned the task of finding a replacement. I came across Trotec’s Speedy 100 and thought it looked pretty cool. After having a demo I fell in love with it! I told my work how amazing the machine was but rather than getting a new laser they decided they would like to outsource all their engraving work. Although I couldn’t afford it I knew I had to work out a way of getting the machine and starting my own laser engraving business. It took over 12 months before I could start the business and get a loan approved to buy the Speedy 100 but I got there in the end!

I love everything about the laser engraving process, from helping plan and design the image to be engraved (and redrawing if required), to setting up the laser engraver and watching this amazing machine burn the image into an item with unbelievable speed and precision.

What machines do you currently have? 

I only have a 60 watt Speedy 100 at the moment. Although there’s a ton of different items that can be laser engraved with this machine I would really like to get a Speedy 300 Flexx. Not being able to help all customers because I don’t have a fibre laser is disappointing, but hopefully I’ll be able to get a Speedy 300 Flexx in the next couple of years.

What type of jobs/work do you do?

A lot of work I get is through the promotion industry like pens to have a company logo engraved. This is nice easy work and I offer good prices and I never miss a due date. I’ve actually done several “all nighters” to make sure my clients got their job in time.

I also do a lot of small one off jobs for the public, like laser engraving a wallet, a bag or an iPad. I do these jobs while my clients watch and I explain the process to them while I work. Most people love seeing how it’s done and leave with a great job smile!

What was your favourite job to date?

I’m not sure I have a favourite job. Every job has it’s challenges and is exciting in its own way. Sometimes the item being engraved will not be too interesting but the client will be awesome, and sometimes the item itself is something I never would have imagined engraving in a million years, like a flute I engraved once. So I guess I have lots of favourites.

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

My dream job would be a single large client with repeat work that lasts years. Ideally a charity organisation so I knew the work I was doing was for a good cause. If I could get enough regular, steady engraving work then I could do it full time. Being able to work from home as a laser engraver would be a dream come true.

Below is a range of WA Engraving’s recent projects. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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Basics of Laser Engraving

Does your business still have your old faithful Newing Hall or Vision machine, that old rotary engraving machine that just keeps going strong? It might be getting to the end of it’s life span, but you’re not sure if you want to get into laser machine? The basics seem to be a little bit daunting?

In this video our Global Premium Partner Trotec Laser details the basics of laser machines. Enjoy viewing and understanding a little bit more about it!

Trotec Laser Webstores

Our Global Premium Partner Trotec Laser has launched their new online engraving webshop. A one stop for TroLase, TroPly, acrylic, machine consumables plus much more. The below video is from Trotec Laser Australia, however to help you easily find your local subsidiary webstore, we’ve linked them below!

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Trotec Laser UK webstore

For more information on Trotec Laser materials, please visit their website.