Lasercut paper calendar

Laser cut and engraved birthday calendar

Never forget another birthday again with this unique personalised birthday calendar. Follow the simple step-by-step guide below to find out how!


Preparation

What do you need?

  • Colourful A3 paper
  • Sticky tape
  • Glue
  • Binding rings

Trotec laser used:

  • Speedy 300
  • 80 watts
  • 1.5 inch lens

Tip:

  • Vacuum table with the honeycomb cutting tabletop

Step by Step

Step 1: Design and Laser parameters

Import the PDF file into Corel Draw and select the preferred graphic (refer to the tabs below the working area in Corel Draw). In the file you will find the cover page as well as the monthly pages of the calendar, all ready to use. If you wish to create your own unique designs, there is also a template for you to insert individual graphics and images.

Laser Settings:

Engraving: Power: 10%, Speed: 50%, Frequency: 500 ppi, Air-Assist: ON - Advanced: Optimized Quality
Cutting: Power: 5%, Speed: 0,80%, Frequency: 1000 Hz, Air-Assist: ON
Cutting-in: Power: 2%, Speed: 0,80%, Frequency: 1000 Hz, Z-Offset: 2mm, Air-Assist: ON


Step 2: Lasercut and engrave the months

Firstly, you need to ensure that the paper is properly fixed to the table for laser cutting and engraving. To do so, cover the table around your piece of paper with sticky tape and a piece of cardboard. Once this is done, place the first piece of paper (in the colour of your choice) for January in the laser.

Send the file for January to the laser. Repeat this process for all remaining months. 

Tip: Use different colours for each month to create a more vibrant calendar.


Step 3: Create the cover page

In Corel Draw, select the front of the cover page. Laser cut and engrave it in your preferred colour.

Then, laser cut the back of the cover page in a contrasting colour to the front. Once both sides are complete, you then need to glue them together. Use only a small amount of glue on the sides to avoid staining the paper.

Tip:

Deactivate 'Air-Assist' when laser cutting the cover page. This will ensure that the cut-outs do not float into the cutting path of the next symbol or letter.


Step 4: Binding

Once the individual pages are laser cut and engraved, all that remains is the binding. You can get this done professionally at a local print store. Alternatively, you can go completely DIY by using a binding machine to punch holes in the paper. Then simply pull binding rings through them.