Ball Point Pen Display from TroGlass and MDF

Step-by-Step Instructions and Templates

Feel free to use our free template to create this counter display. You simply need to adapt the dimensions of your pens and start! Any required engraving materials are available from Trotec - Browse our product range here.


Preparation

Required material:

Machine used:

  • Speedy 400
  • 100 Watt
  • 2" lens

For this sample, you can use laser machines from the Speedy Laser Engraver series (Speedy 360 or larger).

Tips:

  • Cut the MDF using the aluminium cutting grid table. When cutting the acrylic, use the acrylic cutting grid or the acrylic slat cutting tables.
  • The elliptic shape under the rectangle helps to compensate for thickness variations with the material. It also helps the slot remain flexible.

Step by Step

Step 1: Import /create design template

Import the design into your chosen graphics program and adjust it according to your preferences.

Print settings

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Black & White  

Step 2: Laser process

Cut all MDF parts out using the acrylic cutting grid table. Next, cut and engrave the acrylic on the acrylic cutting grid table or the acrylic slat cutting table. This is to avoid back reflections on the material. Finally, cut out each letter from TroLase Lights.

Laser Parameters:

Material Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%)
MDF red Cut CO2 100 0.5
Acrylic red Cut CO2 95 1
TroLase Lights red Cut CO2 17 2
ppi/Hz Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1000 1 on - -
1000 1 off - -
1000 1 off - -

Info:

  • We used the standard laser parameters from JobControl® for optimised speed.
  • The material parameters for JobControl® can be downloaded from www.troteclaser.com

Step 3: Post-processing

Clean each part with a damp cloth. Glue the two MDF parts together and attach the acrylic piece on top. Ensure that all pieces are positioned exactly above one another. If necessary, use an angle stop to ensure the parts don’t shift while you work. Next, glue the TroLase Lights letters to the acrylic. Finally, insert the stands into the appropriate slots behind the display.


Inspirations

Instead of using adhesive letters, you can even engrave directly onto the acrylic.


Downloads

Download template


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