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.
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 (345 downloads)
Lest we forget.
Images courtesy of Trotec Laser Australia
We’re celebrating 1,500 Facebook likes! What better way to celebrate than with some anodised aluminium and a Trotec Laser ProMarker 300?
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.
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!
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.
3 mm acrylic
3 mm acrylic
Speedy 100, Speedy 300, Speedy 400, Speedy 500
The above Trotec laser machine was used:
Speedy 300, 60 watts, 2.0 inch lens
- 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).
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.
- 3 mm alder wood or poplar plywood
- 1 Easter egg
Speedy 100, Speedy 300,
Trotec laser used:
Speedy 300, 60 watts, 1.5 inch lens
Use a cutting table. You can thus prevent beam reflections on the back of the material.
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
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.
How to assemble the bunny
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!
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.
Contact Name: Ben Branford
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
Newing Hall Flatbed Engraver
Newing Hall Rotary Engraver
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!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Some early submissions: