Guest Post : Custom Fishing / Hunting Pine Signage

Guest Post:  from one of our registered businesses : CNCROi.com Here CNCROi.com shares their amazing and diverse products using Austrian wide-format Trotec Speedy 400 flexx CNC laser. In this video, we see how a custom made double-sided pine sign “Gone Fishing ” is produced and all the variations that are possible. Fantastic!

Laser cut Acrylic Birdhouse

Another amazing example of ingenuity, creativity and the  wonders of laser cutting is this
see through birdhouse made out of Acrylic designed by Joe Mansfield of engrave.
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Fabulous!

Guest Blog – Evright and Trotec Laser

We spotted this blog from one of our registered businesses Evright.com who are based in Adelaide, Australia and thought we would share it. They are one of the leading Australian personalisation and engraving businesses and are also a distributor for our Premium Global Partner Trotec Laser.

Have you been interested in purchasing your own laser engraving machine, whether for a hobby or to support your business operations? Evright was one of the first businesses in Australia to receive a machine in the late 1990’s and now is a proud distributor of the very laser machines we use onsite in our factory – Trotec Laser. In fact, Trotec Laser is the global leader in laser engraving machine technology, supplying companies such as Apple, Nike, National Defence Forces through to RM Williams here in Adelaide.

Evright offers customers the full range of Trotec Laser machines, from small desktop laser solutions (Rayjet), Speedy series laser machines, large laser cutters and galvo marking systems. In the next few weeks, we will showcase the range of Trotec Laser machines available through Evright.com, including benefits of each machine and materials.

If you want to experience how a Trotec Laser solution can increase your business profitability or hobby, contact us on (08) 8231 2746 and we will arrange a personalised demonstration.

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WHY TROTEC LASER MACHINES?

  • You deal direct with the manufacturer for service and install with a nationwide service network
  • It’s the fastest laser machine on the market by far – Increase your production efficiency by processing at a maximum speed of 3.55 m/sec and 5g.
  • Easy to use software
  • Trotec takes your business or hobby seriously – working as a partner in your businesses with productivity guarantees
  • Austrian built quality machine with in-Pack technology (which means the machine doesn’t get dusty from use internally)
  • Patented Cerami-core technology (meaning the laser source is contained within the laser’s ceramic core and not hitting metal which can cause fragments)
  • Only manufacturer to have all global credentialed ISO requirements
  • Environmentally industry certified IS14001

With the volumes of work going through our systems every day, Evright can personally vouch for the quality of Trotec Laser machines.

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Our Speedy 300 flexx

SPEEDY FLEXX SYSTEMS

One of the most popular Trotec Laser solutions for customers are the Speedy Flexx systems.

Trotec first introduced flexx technology in 2005 and now there are hundreds of Trotec customers around the globe experiencing the power of Trotec’s flexx technology.

Flexx technology means one laser machine with two laser sources – CO2 and fiber – which gives operators the ability to engrave, mark or cut virtually any material ranging from plastics or wood through to glass and metal, and even workpieces with mixed materials all in a single process.

Use both laser sources in one job without having to change the laser tube, lenses or focus manually.

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Our Speedy 400 flex laser system – it gets a great workout!

The CO2 laser source makes the flexx ideal for cutting and/or engraving a variety of surfaces including paper, glass, wood and plastics. The fiber laser
source gives the flexx the ideal advantage of being able to mark a variety of metallic surfaces.

Every Speedy laser is ready for flexx so even if you already have a Speedy 300 CO2 or a Speedy 100 fiber these can be upgraded at any time to a flexx.

The Speedy flexx is available in four models – Speedy 100, Speedy 300, Speedy 360 and Speedy 400.

Click here for more information, or call us on 08 8231 2746 or email sales@evright.com to arrange your own personal demonstration.

Speedy Flexx Materials

Materials that can be cut on the Speedy Flexx Laser Solutions

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Evright.com produces amazing cups for the Adelaide Festival of Racing!

One of our registered businesses Evright.com located in Adelaide has been producing trophies for the South Australian Jockey Club, including the Adelaide Cup, for well over 20 years.

At the launch of the Adelaide festival of racing for the SAJC last night, a few of these amazing cups were on display.

These cups are ready for the winners of the upcoming Darley Goodwood, UBET SA Derby and the Schweppes Oaks races. If you’re looking for a fun day out at the races, visit the South Australia Jockey Club – you might even be lucky enough to visit the Evright.com Winners Lounge!

Great work  Evright.com

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Guest Post : Infinite Custom Name Badge Options

Our Guest Business CNCKing.com from St Catherines in Canada shares another great video about Infinite Custom Name badges made in any shape and a range of materials from Anodised Aluminium, wood and stainless steel. They’re all made on his Trotec Laser Speedy 400. Thank you Jon for allowing us to share your comprehensive videos and tutorials, it’s greatly appreciated.

ANZAC Day Lasercut Poppies

We posted this tutorial last November in observation of Remembrance Day – Wednesday 11 November at 11am. We had such a great response we thought we would repost with the images and tutorial for those observing ANZAC Day (Monday 25 April).

For the original project, poppies were created on a Trotec Laser machine and current students gave to ex-service personnel who were past students, last April 2015 (ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand). You can also download the file in Corel Draw (corel v3 and v7) so you can create your own poppies.  Poppy files (211)

Lest we forget.

Images courtesy of Trotec Laser Australia

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Guest Post : CNC Marking, Engraving & Cutting Services : Trotec Laser 2 Years On

Trotec Laser 2 Years On

I bought a brand new Trotec Speedy 400 flexx almost two years ago, I was familiar with the machine, the company and its capabilities and I can now look back and summarize my experience concretely with the machine and company behind it.

Start-up Costs

I started CNCROi.com with an ideal client in mind – industrial and manufacturing businesses. They have the volume and financial resources to afford what I can do with my awesome Austrian laser. While most of the people who had lasers do so on a retail front, I wanted to avoid that as much as possible.

The first reason is staff, if you have a storefront, you need SOMEBODY at the front during normal business hours. It has to be a person who’s great at sales, understands what is and isn’t possible and helps direct projects towards the best outcome. As such, this isn’t a minimum wage job or for anybody. I was starting-up CNCROi.com in a country I grew-up in but hadn’t lived IN for almost a decade. The expensive of a store-front person would have killed me… it would have had to have been ME which doesn’t work as I had to be OUT getting projects, meeting people and closing deals.

I can’t drop everything I’m doing “out back” to service a customer “out front” safely at the drop of a hat.

 

The second reason is client base, I wasn’t after the person wanting a watch engraved with their name (though we have done that) nor school awards (we’ve done that too), having a storefront has advantages that I AM losing out on BUT when you are starting-up, pennies are tight and you have to gage what has the most promise and immediate bang for the buck.

The client base I was after sometimes have long lead cycles, which works well in my favor, so you quote a job that will START in 2-3 months! That means you have time to invest treasure and time into optimal production and learn new skills to successfully complete the job. A person wanting a single pen engraved needs it NOW and I’ve already lost money taking the project on as I need to make jigs and the like.

The Power of Flexx

I made only a handful of good decisions in my life, at the top of the list is getting a TROTEC Laser and second FLEXX! CNCROi.com is a custom shop, I really have no idea what customers will want from me, sometimes it’s acrylic, sometimes wood, sometimes metal. The advantage of having two laser sources in one machine has really been fantastic.

CO2 is great for cutting and engraving pretty much anything other than metal while Fiber is great for metal annealing and engraving. My machine has 110W CO2 and 30W fiber and I use BOTH of them on a very regular basis. If I had just gotten a CO2 laser source, I would have had to use Cermark which chips, fades and cracks overtime plus the extra time needed to apply, let it dry, and washing it off. Fiber means sticking the metal in as/is and taking it out. Nothing else required!

I’ve also used fiber to color change plastics like polycarbonate, CO2 just melts it, Fiber color changes it to black… at incredible resolution and precision. I never could have imagined I’d have contracts using fiber on plastic but I do and it’s because of this extra tube!

What I wished I did

Looking back, is there anything I would have done differently when I ordered my machine with gas kit, rotary and vacuum table? Only thing is maxing out the CO2. I know watts are expensive, especially when it comes to fiber but the possibilities they provide more than outweigh the initial costs. I’m very happy with my machine, it’s more than capable of handing anything I put in it, the pass-through is also an amazing asset as well for larger projects but sometimes, like when engraving Corian, that extra power would come in handy.

Experience with Trotec Laser thus far

I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with Trotec directly through their branch offices and I can’t tell you how much better it is to talk with people who work FOR Trotec – meaning they aren’t a distributor. Any issues are quickly resolved on-site, from training through supplies (laminates through lenses) and they know their machines better than I know my own!

When ever Trotec Canada has a training session, I’M THERE! Why? Because you always pick-up tips and techniques that more than make-up the loss of time left in the shop. For instance, I went to Las Vegas to meet-up with the Trotec Australia, USA and Canada branches and I left learning some valuable information from Reece (Trotec Australia) regarding optimizing materials with coatings on them and a plastic grid table for acrylics (Meredith Trotec USA) and the best rubber to use and how to optimize the machine for it from Mel (Trotec Canada). The cost to travel to Las Vegas was steep but I’ve more than made-up for it from what I learned.

As for my machine, it’s been working great, it is a premium machine and my client base, once they understand how valuable it is to have something that cuts accurately repeatedly with straight lines and true circles, appreciate the investment I’m making in their projects.

Support: Engravers Register and Trotec Laser Group

Trotec Laser also runs a closed FaceBook group (owners only) where other owners can chat about optimal processes which comes in extremely handy, I was able to optimize my acrylic cutting with perfect edges thanks to Adrian (Trotec Australia) even on thicker stock! Get my laminates PERFECT thanks to Mike (Trotec Canada) and great machine maintenance tips from Jon (Trotec Canada).

Engravers Register has also helped me get contracts and has provided me with valuable knowledge about the industry and what other shops do, they keep me in the loop even when I don’t have time to do so myself!

One more thing I’d like to mention, Trotec Laser offers 24/365 help even when there is a holiday or you are working away at 2 am and stumble on an issue. How? Global offices, Trotec Canada may be sleeping but Trotec Australia is open for business! Use these timezones to your advantage… it has really come in handy in addition to the other resources already mentioned.

 

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with my Trotec Laser, awesome customer service, material support and a global network has been a major reason for my success at CNCROi.com. That alone is worth a premium, and you get a fantastic machine too!

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CNC Laser Cutting Custom Interlocking Puzzle Pieces

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Laser Cut Acrylic Lamp

Acrylic Lamp, Cut with a Laser Machine Courtesy of Trotec Laser

The construction of this acrylic lamp provides a marvellous light reflection. Thanks to Trotec Laser for letting us replicate this!
You can now create this unique decoration with your laser cutter and experiment with light and shade.
Acrylic lamp, cut with the laser

Acrylic lamp, cut with the laser

Required material:
3 mm acrylic

Suitable machines:
Speedy 100, Speedy 300, Speedy 400, Speedy 500

The above Trotec laser machine was used:
Speedy 300, 60 watts, 2.0 inch lens

Tips:

  • Use the 2.0″ lens for an accurate cut quality
  • We used Evonik’s “Radiant” plexiglas.

Step 1 – Laser cut the acrylic lamp
Open the template file for this extraordinary design (to download click here) and send it to the laser. Select your favourite colour and start cutting the acrylic. The laser parameters may vary, as they depend on the machine being used and the available laser power.

Recommended cutting parameters:

  • Blue: power: 100 %, speed 0.7 %, frequency 9000 Hz, Air Assist on
  • Red: power: 60 %, speed 1.0 %, frequency 9000 Hz, Air Assist on, z-offset 3 mm

To fit in the socket of the light bulb, emboss the edge with cutting lines. This is an alternative to engraving the area. By using the defocussing feature, the laser beam can be made wider forcing the cutting lines to overlap. This is how we can create the engraving effect using cutting lines. 

Why not try using different acrylic colours?

Step 2 – Assemble the acrylic lamp
Assembling the acrylic lamp is easy. The assembling instruction helps. Download the PDF file here (can be opened in Corel Draw).

Special piece of furniture, laser cut

Special piece of furniture, laser cut