Happy Easter – Laser-Cut Wooden Easter Eggcup

A wooden eggcup as an Easter present

We have a cute Easter decoration for you to create this Easter courtesy of Trotec Laser: An eggcup made from wood in the shape of an Easter Bunny! Alder wood was used to make the eggcup, but it will also work with conventional plywood; ideally use poplar plywood for laser cutting.

Required Material:
  • 3 mm alder wood or poplar plywood
  • 1 Easter egg

Suitable machines:
Speedy 100, Speedy 300,
Speedy 500

Trotec laser used:
Speedy 300, 60 watts, 1.5 inch lens

Tips:
Use a cutting table. You can thus prevent beam reflections on the back of the material.

Step 1
Open the file “Easter bunny” and send it to the laser. Start the engraving and cutting process with the power and speed parameters indicated below. (Obviously, these parameters might vary, depending on the used machine and the available laser power.)

  • Black (engraving) – power: 25 %, speed: 10 %, frequency: 500 dpi, Air assist on
  • Red (cutting) – power: 60 %, speed: 1 %, frequency: 1000 Hz, Air assist on, correction: 10
Step 2

Once you have cut all parts you can assemble them. If you wish, you can also paint them before the assembly.

Click here to download PDF template (you will be taken to an external site). If you have a Trotec Laser machine, the Job Control parameters can be downloaded from the Trotec page here, or see the material information below.

Laser parameters for cutting wood

How to assemble the bunny

Assembly of the wooden parts

Laser Fashion

Today’s video comes to us from our premium global partner Trotec Laser Canada. Students at Seneca College School of Fashion have been using the Speedy 300 laser to help them in their designs. Laser cutting and engraving various fabrics like polyester, cotton, leather as well as accessories with acrylic and plastics. We love our laser fashion and helping the next generation of laser machine users!

Laser engraving a laptop

Our latest Featured Business Evright.com (head office  Adelaide, Australia) has a wide range of tutorials and tips on their Youtube Channel. Below is a great video of how to laser engrave a laptop. More devices will be following in the next couple of days. Please note the video has been sped up.

 

Featured Business – Evright.com “Worth Winning” since 1966

Evright full logo

Contact Name: Ben Branford

Contact details: ben@evright.com | evright.com | 08 8231 2746

Established: 1966

Location: Adelaide and Brisbane, but servicing clients globally

Number of staff: 10


Tell us a little about Evright and the team?

Evright is a unique business, offering not only the off the shelf items through a retail sense but also a wide range of solutions for a large number of engraving queries. Ranging from laser engraving and paint filling gloss guitars to metal marking 1,000s of chrome bottle caps for wine bottles. The jobs are always very different and some challenging! The team here have a wealth of knowledge across many different backgrounds ranging from high performance customer service roles through to previous engraving roles, all contributing to help successfully grow and expand our reach across different market places.

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

Lately it has been 100% spent with my 2 month old son Jack and wife Amie, and the occasional game of golf.

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

I actually applied for a production based role at Evright 10 years ago when the owner Simon whisked me through the team introductions and had me start the next day. From there I have been learning, testing and applying ideas and concepts as they come through the door. For the most part I enjoy the challenge – the strange and difficult jobs, it’s always good to keep your mind ticking!

 What type of machines do you have?

Trotec Galvo Speedmarker

Trotec Speedy 400

2x Trotec Speedy 300s

Trotec Rayjet

Newing Hall Flatbed Engraver

Newing Hall Rotary Engraver

Sandblaster

Sublimation processes

 What type of jobs / work do you do?

We have a large amount of different work that comes through the doors; Asset Tags, Stainless Steel Marking, Name Badges, Custom Stamped Medals and Pins, Sandblasting of Hand-blown Glass from local artists, Printed Lanyards, Custom Acrylic Awards, Custom Framing, Locker slides and the list goes on!

 The majority of our work is award based. We create the Adelaide Cup, the Clipsal 500 Adelaide Cups since their inception over 20 years ago as well as the SANFL’s most prized possession the Magarey Medal and over 1,000,000 Premiers Reading Challenge Medallions. This being said we also have many enquiries and jobs that are solely laser cutting or engraving. There has been a huge range of items that have been through the lasers here, including full shower screens or student architecture work to 10,000’s of medallions and even a ceremonial shovel created from the same material as the propellers from the RAAF AP-3C Orion valued at over $250,000!

 What has been your favourite job and why?

One of my favourite jobs was an urgent requirement to fulfil “anything we wanted” for The Department for Planning and Infrastructure. In walked our client with 10 pickets from the Adelaide Oval fence prior to its stunning redevelopment. With no idea what would be the outcome our client trusted us to deliver these 10 custom made plaques with mounted pickets in less than 5 hours for a presentation that night. Absolutely no hesitation by the team here to take this job on and she was very pleased with the outcome. These pickets were given to those who were involved in the redevelopment including ex AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou. We are lucky to have Adelaide Oval in our backyard, I will jump at any opportunity to do any Adelaide Oval related work!

 Adelaide Oval

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

Would love to get on board with the 100th Emirates Australian Open in Sydney this year!

BELOW IS A SAMPLE OF EVRIGHT.COM’s PROJECTS

2015 Adelaide Cup IMG_3632 Barossa1 pinnaroo SA1 Adelaide United Youth MVP ARDU Award

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“Meme” Competition

We had an unfortunate accident with our brand new iPad Mini 4 last week (it didn’t like training on a treadmill with us and yes, it is as bad as it looks)… but our pain could be your gain! Our Global Premium Partner Trotec Laser found the humour in the situation and is offering a great prize for the best meme. 5 sheets of TroLase consumable material is on offer (sorry this one is only for Australians) for the meme judged best to cheer us up. Just a few rules to follow:

1. Please keep the meme clean!

2. Entries close Friday 26 February at 5pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (6am in London and 1am EST USA). We will announce the winner that weekend.

3. Entries can be sent the following ways:

  • facebook, instagram or twitter using the two hashtags #CheerUpEngraversRegister and #TroLase
  • or via email register@engraversregister.com with your details

We’re looking forward to seeing how creative everyone is and help put a smile on our face! Start sending your entries today!

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Some early submissions:

iPad  Bieber IMG_5199 IMG_5202 Newspaper

More fashion and laser machines!

We can never go past fashion and laser machines working together, especially at a Fashion Week! This video shows Berlin fashion week and how our global premium partner Trotec Laser was involved.

Very cool project from Trotec Laser

Our Global Premium Partner, Trotec Laser, sent us this project created in honour of their Austrian global headquarters. It was made by Trotec Laser Australia on a Speedy 500 machine using TroLase material. All material is inlaid and it is backed on 6mm acrylic. We love seeing so many creative projects and the true possibilities of laser engraving machines.

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What laser does Davenport West High School utilize for their STEM program?

The below article comes from a Trotec distributor in the USA, Wanlasers and his customer Davenport West High School

Davenport West High School

Davenport West High School loves the Trotec Speedy 100 laser and rotary attachment.  The machine is powerful, well-built and easy to use.  Our school has had the Trotec in the school for 1 1/2 years and it seems like each week, we learn something new to do with the laser.  The students have great ideas; for example, they created business cards for a robotics event and they used the laser to the business cards out.  Less than 30 seconds for a set of 10 cards cut out perfectly.  Recently with the help of the Trotec Rep, we were able to make rubber stamps for an event at the State Fair.

The Trotec Speedy 100 has been heavily utilized in our after school robotics program to make promotional items.  Another group has made custom signs for a fundraiser.  We are in the process of making a partnership with the local community to do more unique projects.   The machine has been amazing and I have only been limited by my imagination.

This machine has allowed our school to expand and enhance the curriculum we currently teach.  This machine will help teach skills and concepts needed for future jobs.  When I have questions, I talk to my Trotec Rep and if he doesn’t know the answer, he finds the answer.

Materials we have tried – Wood (Oak, Walnut, Maple, Pine),  Plywood, Plastic/Acrylic, Rubber, Paper, Cardboard, Metal (with spray), and glass.  I will continue to try new things to engrave or cut.

Find about the latest projects and creations on Twitter @GregSmithPLTW

Greg Smith – Davenport West High School (Davenport, IA)

 

Laser vs CNC? What’s the best?

This blog post is from the Blog: HowtoLaser.com, comparing the benefits of laser machines vs CNC routing machines. A must for every engraving and laser machine business to review.

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Laser vs CNC Mill – Why Buy A Laser?

Posted By Adrian

There are a few main reasons why you would purchase a laser as opposed to a CNC Mill. The 4 main reasons are:

  • Little to no post processing (Flame Polished Edges)
  • Precision
  • Speed
  • Processing Costs

In this article we will compare and contrast Laser vs CNC Mill and help explain why to buy a laser.

One main advantage that a laser has over a CNC Mill is that there is little to no post processing needed after cutting out a product from its parent material. The laser is able to create a flame polished edge in acrylic for example which would be a cost intensive manual process if the same product was cut on a CNC Mill. The laser is also able to create a higher quality, uniform cut around the product, even in hard to reach places or on small intricate parts, which hand polishing could not achieve. The CNC Mill post processing is time intensive, which means a product will have a higher production cost, resulting in lower profit margins.

Edge Finish
Laser vs CNC Mill Edge Finish

The second advantage that a laser cutter has over a CNC Mill is the precision of the cut. A trotec laser has the ability to cut a radius of 0.1mm / 0.004 inches and up, where as typically a CNC Mill can only cut down to 2mm / 0.08 inches and up. This means curves and corners will be exactly as designed and have a higher degree of precision. A trotec laser also has a very small kerf value compared to a CNC Mill which means parts can be very closely nested together saving material and lowering overall costs.

Laser vs CNC Mill Precision
Laser vs CNC Mill Precision

One of the most contributing factors to a laser purchase is the speed compared to a CNC Mill. A trotec laser is at least twice as fast as a router for most applications. A laser is able to cut thick material in one pass, where as a CNC Mill will need to do multiple passes to cut the same thickness. A laser also does not require the work piece to be clamped down as there is no physical force being applied to the material, so this is a step the laser can eliminate from the manufacturing process. Providing the work piece is flat, the lasers repeatability and reliability to create exact copies each and every time, is much higher than that of a CNC Mill. This confidence in the machine is key to a successful, efficient work environment.

Laser Cut vs CNC Cut - Speed Test
Laser Cut vs CNC Cut – Speed Test

The last main advantage that the laser has over the CNC Mill is of course the process costs associated with the use of the machine. As we touched on before, the CNC Mill has many more steps involved in order to create a final product. A CNC Mill requires the user to clamp the work piece, clean and polish / post process the item before getting to the end product. A laser will bypass these steps. A laser has the ability to produce a final product without any post processing or clamping. This may seem a small issue, but it adds up to a significant time and cost saving.

Below I have created a table of processing cost breakdowns with typical values, to allow you to quickly see the costs involved in both Laser and CNC Mill cutting.

Types of Costs CNC Milling Lasering
Fixing material and vacuum preparation $7,000($20/h * 350h / p.a) $0
Edge Post Processing (Flame Polishing) $40,000($20/h * 2000h / p.a) $0
Remaining machine set-up time and machine cleaning $1,500($20/h * 75h / p.a) $1,500($20/h * 75h / p.a)
Filter Costs $0 $4,800(120lbs active carbon)
Tool Head / Consumable cost $9,600
($48 * 200 heads p.a)
$1,000
TOTAL P.A. $58,100 p.a $7,300 p.a

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So as you can see there is a pretty large discrepancy in the cost between using a laser and a CNC Mill. Your application might give better or worse results, this table is based around typical acrylic cutting applications. One thing you must keep in mind is labour costs; hiring a part time employee at $20 an hour quickly racks up unnecessary costs to flame polish the edges of a material, where a laser will be able to create a finished product, which saves on overheads, increases profit margins and dramatically decreases setup time.

If you are considering to buy a laser, I would strongly suggest you have a look at our friends Trotec laser. They sell the highest quality, most precise consumer and industrial solutions available on the market.

That’s it for now

Catch ya next time!