Christmas Ornament – DIY

Get ready for Christmas with these awesome laser cut DIY ornaments from Trotec Laser Australia – perfect to hang on the Christmas tree.

Preparation

Used material:

  • 1/4 sheet TroGlass Clear 3 mm (Ref. 121800) and/or
  • 1/4 sheet TroGlass Satins (Ref. 117034)
  • Ribbon for hanging the decorative elements

Machine used:

  • Speedy 360
  • 80 watts
  • 2″ lens
  • Nozzle with big hole diameter
  • Acrylic cutting table

This sample can be made on any machine from the Speedy laser engraver series.

Downloads:

Graphic files


Step by Step

Step 1: Design

Use our template “christmas_decoration”. Please pay attention to the thickness of the material and adjust the insertion slots for the two little trees accordingly if necessary. Now import the pdf file into Ruby in the “”Manage”” area. In order to achieve a better depth effect when engraving TroGlass clear, this is done mirror-inverted on the reverse side. However, if you want to engrave the material on the top side (e.g. for better readability on TroGlass satins), then mirror the entire file. With “Create job” you then send the design to the “Prepare” area.


Step 2: Laser process

Remove the film on the top of your material, the protective film on the back is left on the TroGlass. Now place the acrylic sheet in the laser machine. Cover the rest of the work surface well for the best possible vacuum. Place the job in the appropriate position and make all adjustments. Our suggested parameters may vary depending on the machine used and the available laser power. Then send the job to the laser by clicking on the “”Push to Laser”” control panel. Then start the laser process.

Laser parameters:

 Effect: Engraving speedEffect: Cutting quality
ProcessEngraveCut
Levelsblackred
Power (%)6050
Speed (%)1000.2
DPI50020000
SourceCO2CO2
Air assistONON
Z-offset
Passes11
Power Correction1010
DirectionBottom up 
DitherungOrdered 
Engrave ModeStandard 
QualityHigh Quality 

Step 3: Assembly

After the laser process, you can wipe the material surface with a soft cloth if necessary. Now remove all parts from the laser. The two little tree stands are put together with the matching base plate for each. All remaining elements can be prepared for hanging with a decorative ribbon.+


Inspiration

Also use TroGlass in other colors for a colorful assortment of Christmas decorations!

Fire Evacuation Signage

Fire Evacuation Sign | DIY

As part of our signage blog series, here is a DIY from Trotec Laser Australia!


Preparation

Required material:
  • TroLase Textures 1/16″ in Yellow/Black, half or quarter sheet
Machine used:
  • Speedy 400 120W with 2″ lens and aluminum cutting grid table

For this sample you only can use any laser engraver and cutter from the Speedy series.

Downloads:

Graphic files


Step by Step

Step 1: Send job to laser

Create your own design or use our template. Now send the job to the laser with the settings below.

Print Settings

Process modeStandard
Resolution500dpi
Cut lineNone
HalftoneOrdered Dithering
OthersEnhanced geometries, Inner geometries first

Step 2: Cut and engrave your sign

Create your own design or use our template. Send it to the laser with the recommended laser parameters. The parameters might vary depending on the machine used and the available laser power.

Laser Parameters

 EngravingCutting
ColorBlackRed
ProcessEngraveCut
Power (%)10080
Speed (%)402
ppi/HZAuto PPI1000
Passes11
Air AssistONON
Z-Offset0.16
DirectionTop down
Path PlanningStandard
AdvancedDefaultDefault
Trotec Laser Laser Parameters

Step 3: Clean finished sign

Wipe down your finished sign with Hexanes or other suitable cleaner to remove any leftover residue.

Fire Evacuation Signage

Easter Ideas – DIY

Thanks to Trotec Laser for allowing us to replicate this DIY idea! Please note this is a direct replication from their website DIY.

Combine wood and LaserLeather to create an Easter decoration.


Preparation

Required material:

  • Solid cherry wood, 600 x 300 x 5 mm.m
  • LaserLeather, silver/red, approx. 500 x 80 mm
  • Double-sided adhesive foil, approx. 500 x 80 mm (needed for gluing on the LaserLeather)

Machine used:

  • Speedy 360
  • 80 Watt
  • 2″ Lens
  • Nozzle with small hole diameter
  • Aluminium grid table or the honeycomb cutting support

Of course, the decoration can also be made with another machine of the Speedy laser engraver series. Adjust the parameter settings according to your machine.

Downloads:

Graphic files


Step by Step

Step 1: Import the design

Create your own design or use our free downloadable template. The job can now be sent to the laser with the settings below.

Upload both the pdf template for the wood “chicken_wood” and for the LaserLeather “chicken_laserleather” using the “import file” command in Ruby.


Step 2: Laser process solid wood

The wooden panel can now be placed onto the laser bed. Cover the remaining processing area well to obtain an optimal vacuum and thus a uniform laser result.

Select the design template “chicken_wood”, mark the entire graphic and then click on “Create job”. Now you can select the “solid wood cherry – engraving dark” parameter from the material database. If necessary, you also have the option of adjusting the parameter settings individually. For the “Processing rules”, please make sure that the “inner geometries first” function is selected. This means that the inner cuts are executed first. Place the graphic on the workspace and send the print job to the “queue”.

Our suggested parameters may differ depending on the laser machine used and the available laser power.

Close the machine, make all necessary settings and start the laser process.

LASER PARAMETERS:

 EngraveCut
ColourBlackRed
ProcessEngrave CO2Cut CO2
Power (%)6095
Speed (%)501
ppi/HzAuto PPI1000
Passes11
Air AssistONON
Z-Offset6 mm
DirectionTop to bottom
AdvancedOptimised quality
Engraving modeStandard
RasterOrdered

Step 3: Laser process LaserLeather

Apply the double-sided adhesive foil to the back (= red side) of the LaserLeather. This allows the individual elements to be easily and accurately glued to the wooden figures.

Now place the LaserLeather in the laser unit with the silver side facing up. Cover the rest of the processing area well in order to achieve optimal suction performance and an even laser result.

Now select the “chicken_laserleather” design template and the corresponding parameters for the “LaserLeather” from the material database. Of course, you can also make the parameter settings individually.

Again, our suggested parameters may differ depending on the laser machine used and the available laser power.

Close the machine, make all necessary settings and start the laser process.

LASER PARAMETERS:

 EngraveCut
ColourBlackRed
ProcessEngrave CO2Cut CO2
Power (%)52 25
Speed (%)1001,7 
ppi/HzAuto PPI1.000 
Passes1
Air AssistONON 
Z-Offset1 mm– 
DirectionBottom to top– 
Advancedoptimised quality– 
Engraving modeStandard– 
Rasterordered– 

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Step 4: Assembly

If necessary, carefully clean the cut parts with a soft, slightly moistened cloth.

Peel off the protective film from the back of the LaserLeather elements and glue the individual parts onto the different wooden chickens one after the other. The figures are glued on the front and back side respectively.

Now insert the chickens and the grasses into the slots provided. The arrangement is freely designable. In the set with the smaller chickens, you can optionally use the lettering “Happy Easter” instead of a chicken.

Plaques + Signage – Metal Materials

Thanks for evright.com Industrial for allowing us to reproduce this blog post here!

Following on from our previous post, if you’re a customer looking for the best material for your memorial plaque, or a business looking to have safety signage erected onsite, your main question will probably be: “What’s the best durable material to use in my plaques + signage”? With so many options it can be difficult to know what is best to use for your situation. Here we will show you a range of material options, finishes you can expect, and the appropriate uses for them.

We will start with the various metal materials available.

METALS

Traditionally, external plaques or memorial plates and smaller corporate signs have been made of brass, stainless steel or gold stainless steel. More recently anodised aluminium has been increasing in popularity. Each have their own unique benefit and usage, as well as how to mark the signs.

Brass
Brass is a regular favourite. This is done by either brass casting, where the sign content is created on another machine (such as laser engraving into wood), and then the brass is moulded, or by a brass plaque (say A5 size) being created and then details etched onto the plaque.

Both laser and mechanical engravers are used to create the details on the actual sign / plaque.

The benefits of brass are it’s durability and look and feel, and it’s cons are it tarnishes quite easily.

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel, whether in silver or gold, is an extremely durable solution for utilising externally. Stainless Steel comes in various grades (quality), and thicknesses.

A great benefit of Stainless Steel signage is that it won’t tarnish and is extremely durable.

Information can be either laser engraved or mechanically engraved on the material. Fiber marking the information on the material will ensure a greater longevity than using a Co2 laser machine then filling with Cermark or a similar material.

Anodised Aluminium

This material has grown in popularity the last few years given it’s durability, the fact that it’s lightweight and range of colours that are available.

Anodised Aluminium is hard wearing, maintenance-free and adaptable for applications including signs, rating plates, control panel fascias and labels. The quality surface layer will not crack, peel or chip and can be exposed to sunlight with full UV stability.

This material also comes in a range of thicknesses to suit your requirements, and can be either Co2 laser engraved or fiber marked depending on the finish you were after.

AlumaMark®

AlumaMark® is a specialised aluminium designed to be laser marked using lower power settings, it is ideal for the production of plaques, awards, signs and nameplates. The difference with this material is that using a CO2 laser you can permanently create black graphics, and it’s perfect for photographic reproductions. There will be no metal marking spray, tapes or additional processing required which makes it a cleaner item in both production and for the customer.


With so many different plaques + signage material options made out of metal, it’s a great idea to double check where you will be fixing the sign and making sure it will suit the surroundings, as well as how you are planning to affix it to the area.

laser cut sign

Signage – a critical part of commerce and life

Since the days of the pharaohs in Ancient Egypt, signage has been used as a means of visual communication (and physical for braille) in all facets of life, including directional and informational.

Fast-forward to today, and signage is just as important for communication as it was 4,000 years ago  – from directional, street signage, corporate and information, right through to safety signage. Each piece is critical to how we live our lives today. Imagine a worksite with no safety signage warning of hazards or dangers, identifying streets or building numbers (without our mobile phones of course). Going shopping with no information as to what shop is which or even identification of facilities such as toilets or kitchen. Chaos will reign supreme!

As each piece of signage has its own individual environment, over the coming weeks we will provide a range of different options and inspiration – from safety signage through to corporate and directional. We will provide recommendations on best materials to use in certain environments, as well as show some great and unique material options for that brand new funky office or opening plaque.

Check back regularly here to find out our recommendations. Thanks to evrightindustrial.com.au for this blog series!

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

Shop laserable drink bottles and mugs

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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laser engraving leather belt 5

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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3d sign bakery

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:

Download files


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

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