Thanksgiving Turkey Napkin Rings

Thanks to Trotec Laser Australia for this great Thanksgiving engraving idea, we show you how to laser cut and engrave turkey napkin holder on Wood VeneerTroLase Thins 0.5mm and TroLase 3.2mm.

Preparation

Required Material:

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Machine used:

  • Speedy 400 120 watt
  • 2″ lens
  • Vacuum table with honeycomb cutting tabletop or acrylic cutting grid

You can use any laser machine from the Speedy laser enagraver series for this application.

Tip:

If you are only cutting, we recommend keeping the clear film over laminate material.

Step by Step

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Step 1: Import design file into Software

You can use the template we have provided or, alternatively, feel free to create your own design. Send it to the laser machine with the laser parameters provided below. Note: the parameters may vary depending on the laser machine being used, the available laser power and the thickness of the material. 

Print settings:

ProcessResolutionCut line
Standard500 dpinone
HalftoneOthers
colourenhanced geometries, inner geometries first

Step 2: Cutting and engraving on Wood veneer and TroLase

Position the material on the honeycomb cutting table in your laser machine. Be sure to cover the rest of the working area in order to create a stronger vacuum.

LASER PARAMETERS:

Laser processColourProcessPower (%)Speed (%)
Engraving Wood veneerBlackEngraving80100
Cutting Wood veneerRedCutting901.3
TroLase 3.2 mmRedCutting851.2
Cutting TroLase Thins 0.5 mmRedCutting1001.5
Engraving TroLase Thins 0.5 mmBlackEngraving4025
ppi/HzPassesAir AssistZ-OffsetAdvanced
5001offNone
10001onNone
10001on-2 mmNone
10001onNone
5001offNone

Step 3: Assembly

Peel the adhesive film off the TroLase Thins cut-outs. Then place the laminate cut-outs into the cut-outs on the Wood veneer in whichever colour order you prefer.

Your Thankgiving engraving is ready for placement!

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:

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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

Download files

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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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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