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Trotec Laser Demo Days – have you booked?

Have you booked in for our Premium Sponsor Trotec Laser’s first round of demo days for 2013?

Held once a month across Australia, these days are perfect to review Trotec’s range of exciting laser machines, ask any questions you may have, and also trial the laser machines against your business’ requirements. Trotec’s qualified staff are always available to support and advise the best machine that matches your requirements.

Upcoming demo days are almost full, so make sure you book your times now:

Perth: Tuesday, 29 January

Brisbane / Gold Coast: Monday, 4 February

Melbourne: Tuesday, 5 February

Sydney: Wednesday, 6 February

Contact Trotec Laser now on 1800 674 499 to ensure you don’t miss out.

 

Trotec Laser’s 3D models

Some more news from our Premium Sponsor Trotec Laser Australia. Their new Pintrest board has been receiving a lot of hits and interesting pins lately.

Laser cut models for universities, architects and model makers! Follow them on Pintrest to see their interesting range of projects and machines.

Trotec Laser reveals new technology

Our Premium Sponsor Trotec Laser yesterday launched amazing new technology that will revolutionise the way that we undertake laser marking, laser cutting and laser engraving jobs.

Their new range of laser sources has revolutionary CeramiCore technology included. What does that mean? View their launch video to find out more. Like us, you will be amazed and excited about the opportunities. Call Trotec Laser for more information.

 

Engravers Register grows worldwide

The Engravers Register is pleased to welcome more registered businesses, and in particular, we would like to welcome some more international businesses!

Firstly, hello to Top Signs from Port Vila, Vanuatu! Top Signs have been servicing Vanuatu and the Pacific Islands since 2002, and have been growing their engraving, marking and cutting capacity in the past couple of years with a Trotec Laser (see below).

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The Engravers Register hits the African continent for the first time, with Secbands Pty Ltd from South Africa. ARTES from Croatia have also joined us from Europe.

Last but not least! From Australia, we would like to welcome Georgies Fine Jewellery from Narooma, NSW and Wimmera Trophies & Gifts from Horsham, Vic.

A big hello to our new registered businesses – we look forward to working with you in 2013.

Ooooh lahlah! La Tour Effeil!

Today The Engravers Register has decided to go a little French. If you have ever wanted to visit the Effeil Tower, or La Tour Effeil, The Engravers Register proudly presents the work of art that can transport you there while sitting at your computer! This construction is created by a Trotec Laser machine, CNCKing.com and Blue Tongue Engraving.

In a recent post, we advised CNCKing.com had been busily working on designing and building a replica Eiffel Tower, complete with internal walls and elevator, and The Engravers Register can now reveal the amazing results. Blue Tongue Engraving also replicated the CNCKing.com design using their Trotec Speedy 500 and have sent in their video. We particularly like the time lapse construction at the end of the video, so make sure you keep viewing!

It’s just like being there, gazing over the streets of Paris, so please enjoy the pictures.

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Laser Project Considerations

Here is another great story from one of our supporting sponsors, CNCKing.com on what they consider when designing and building 3D objects using laser cutter machines, such as the ones from our Premium Sponsor Trotec Laser. The team at Engravers Register can’t wait to see their latest project – building a replica Eiffel Tower!

Laser Project Considerations by CNCKing.com

I’ve been designing for laser cutters for more than four years now and working on my 4th published book on the subject but regardless of the who/what/where of the design, the project considerations are always the same.

Budget

You have to decide almost from the beginning what kind of “laser cutting budget” you’ll allocate to the project at hand. Why so early in the process? Because material, cutting and assembly costs go up exponentially as the scale of the model and piece count go North. For instance, the Eiffel Tower design I’m working on now has only 35 pieces so far but will hover near 50 when finished and I gave myself an unlimited cutting budget for it, the original Eiffel Tower wasn’t cheap and nor will this one be standing at a meter high when finished. There isn’t any way to cut corners on a project like this, all the lattice work can’t be ignored so if you are going to go over budget, this is the model you want to do it on!

CNC projectPiece Count

After you’ve given yourself a rough cutting budget, the next consideration is piece count. If the model is for a child, you don’t want something over 20-30 pieces but if it’s for a model master, more than 200 is fine. What I’ve found with time though is that sales and piece count are inversely proportional, meaning the more pieces your model has, the less sales it generates.

For instance, this Zulu Main Battle Tank below looks like fun to build but I wouldn’t expect a 10 year old kid to put it together – I’ve had 40 year old kids give it a go and they soon realized it was over their head! The problem isn’t the assembly process itself, it’s the tools and time required to glue, clamp and build the model up. It must be spread across a few days to allow the glue to dry and some minor refinements as the material is rarely the correct thickness. As mentioned previously, 6mm wood is rarely 6mm, usually it’s 6.4 or even more out of whack.

Material Choice

The material you intend to build your model with is critical! Why so important? Well, you want your model to be structurally sound. I would never give a kid a toy laser cut out of MDF, it simply won’t last and it’s a nasty material to work with nor would I try to build this plasma cut Dragon Fly using plywood. Some of these things sound like common sense but are too often overlooked! The general rule I use is that if a material is “strong” like plywood, it needs less supports than something “soft” like foam.

Take Away

It may seem like there is a lot to consider when building a CNC project, from material, machine type and budget to piece count, intended customer and their skill level. Don’t let this get in the way of the fun though! Even if you fail, the lessons you’ve learned can be applied to the next model!

Thanks to CNCKing.com for the above information… your experience in designing and building 3D objects is great for our registered businesses!