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Unique Anniversary Trophy

Do you want to create a unique and extraordinary trophy that can be tailored to any of your customers' needs? This is the perfect tutorial for you! This trophy will impress your customers and add value to your work. Engraving materials are available from www.engraving-supplies.com.au


Preparation

You Will Need:

  • 1 sheet of solid wood walnut 600x300mm
  • 1/4 sheet TroGlass Metallic in Bright Silver
  • 1/4 sheet TroGlass Clear 5mm 
  • 1/4 sheet clear acrylic 20mm
  • 1 package signage wall mounts S15-15-FK
  • 1 aluminium tag in silver with a ball chain
  • Glue dots, double-sided adhesive tape or acrylic glue

Machine Used:

The trophy can be produced using any of the laser machines from the Speedy laser engravers or SP laser cutters series.

Important:

  • As glue is not needed to hold the pieces together, be sure to pay close attention to the kerf. If necessary, you could cut a small geometry and measure the dimension. Then, you can adapt the kerf accordingly. 
  • The laser parameters used here may vary depending on the machine used and the available laser power. 

Step by Step

Material 1: Wood

Import our design into your graphics program and adapt it to suit your requirements. We chose to use seven pillars for this trophy, but you can use less or more depending on you and your customers' requirements. 

1. Print settings

Begin cutting the wood and send the job to the laser using the following settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour Optimised geometries, inner geometries first

2. Laser process and laser parameters wood

Put the wood into the laser and activate the vacuum to compensate for eventual unevenness.

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 100 0.8 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - -

Info:

We used the standard laser parameters for solid wood walnut


Material 2: Acrylic 20 mm

The next step is to produce the base and the upper connectors. We chose 20mm acrylic. However, you can replace this with (several) thinner acrylic elements.
Make sure you measure the thickness of the wood parts before you cut the acrylic pieces. Adapt the notches if necessary. 

1. Print settings

Send the job to your laser machine using following settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour Optimised geometries, inner geometries first

2. Laser process and laser parameters Acrylic 20 mm

We cut the acrylic using the SP1500 with 400 watt laser power. Use the 5" lens and focus 4mm into the material.
The slot in the upper connector is used to insert the ball chain. Adapt the engraving depth if necessary.

Colour Process  Power (%) Spped (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 35 0,2 2000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 4 mm -

Tip:

Replace the 20mm acrylic with material of up to 10mm thickness and cut it with your Speedy machine. Use the standard parameters optimised for quality and a 2.5" lens.

Info:

Use the standard laser parameters for TroGlass Clear 20 mm for cutting the pieces


Material 3: TroGlass Metallic

The middle part can be made using any of the other TroGlass colours or any other similar materials. You can add a logo if you wish.

1. Print settings

Send the file to your laser using following settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour Optimised geometries, inner geometries first

 2. Laser process and laser parameters TroGlass Metallic

Depending on how you want to fix the TroGlass Metallic onto the 20mm base, you may stick some double-sided adhesive foil on it before cutting.

Colour Process  Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 40 0,2 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - -

Info:

We used the standard laser parameters for TroGlass, optimized for quality.


Material 4: Acrylic 5 mm

Measure the thickness of the wood and adapt the kerf if necessary.

1. Print settings

Send the job to the laser.

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour Optimised geometris, inner geometries first

2. Laser process and laser parameters Acrylic 5 mm

Place the material on the acrylic cutting grid table.

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 85 0,2 20000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on -1,5 mm -

Info:

We used the standard parameters for TroGlass Clear 5mm, optimised for quality.


Material 5: Aluminum tag

The aluminium tag is where an individual's name can be laser engraved. You can use different colours and shapes or even other materials (TroLase or AlumaMark) for an interesting detail.

1. Print settings

Send the job to your laser

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour -

2. Laser Process & Laser Parameters - Aluminium Tag

Position the tag to the laser bed. Use the 1.5" lens to show the finer details. Our parameters can vary depending on the laser machine used and it's available laser power. We used the SpeedMarker with MOPA laser for the black marking on the back. 

Tip:

To achieve the exact position of the graphic on the work piece, you can use a template or positioning aids in the JobControl® software

Colour Process  Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Black Engrave CO2 10 20 500
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - High quality

 

 


Assembly

To assemble the trophy, begin with the wood elements. Place them inside the upper connector. Before you attach the last elements, thread the ball chain through the aluminium tag and position the lock into its slot. Then put the lower parts of the wood elements into the 5mm acrylic. Mount the signage by sticking the parts together with glue dots, following the creases in the TroGlass Metallic. Tighten the screws and finally glue the TroGlass Metallic piece onto the acrylic base.

As a special design element, we created a movable globe, which acts as an extra highlight for this trophy. Get the step-by-step instruction for the acrylic globe here.


Inspirations

This is a sample for advanced laser users. With just a few adaptions this trophy can be partly produced in advance and adapted to your customers' requirements.


Downloads

Download template


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