Lasercut cork pinboard

Custom Designed Laser Cut and Engraved Corkboard

All the details you need to create your own laser cut and engraved corkboard are below. Use the template provided as a guide, or customise the design to suit your needs. The choice is yours!


Preparation

Required material:

  • 1 sheet of Cork, 6mm
  • 1 sheet of MDF, 600x300mm, 6mm + adhesive tape
  • Cover material

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Machine Used:

You can achieve the same great results using any laser in the Speedy laser engraver series to complete this project.

Tip:

You can use your laser to cut the corkboard to any desired shape. Corkboards are great for family noticeboards, wall planners, corporate office pinboards and more. Customise with your choice of image or even a logo.


Step by Step

Step 1: Design

You can import your own design, or edit the attached template to suit your preferences. Using relief mode, the two gray levels in the image can be engraved in two different tones in one go in the cork. Use the grayscale matrix to find the right shades of grey for your application.

We suggest the following JobControl settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Relief 333dpi none
Halftone Others
Color Enhanced geometries

Tip:

You can reduce laser engraving time by setting the DPI to 333. The corkboard is most likely going to viewed from a distance, and any increase in resolution quality may be lost in this application. The lower resolution will greatly speed up the process, while not greatly affecting engraving quality.


Step 2: Laser process the cork

Place the cork sheet flat on the laser table. Cover the rest of the table to increase vacuum. Select the large nose cone for this application. Adjust the settings below to suit your machine and power:

Laser Parameters: Engraving

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Black Engrave CO2 50 70 500
Passes Air Assist Z- offset Advanced
1 ON 0mm High Quality

Laser Parameters: Scratching

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 12 4 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z-offset Advanced
1 ON +9 mm -

Laser Parameters: Cutting

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Blue Cut CO2 50 0.8 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z- offset Advanced
1 ON 0mm -

Tip:

Covering the table when laser processing cork will help improve extraction and reduce the risk of fire. 


Step 3: Laser-template MDF support plate

Laser cut a backing board made from MDF to help improve the rigidity of the cork sheet, and make it easy to attach to a wall. We suggest the following settings to laser cut a MDF backing board:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Cut Job 1000dpi None
Halftone Others
Color Enhanced geometries

Step 4: Laser process the MDF

Place the MDF sheet in your Trotec laser. Test and adjust the parameters below to suit your machine and laserpower:

Laser parameters Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Cutting Red cut CO2 90 0.4 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z offset Advanced
1 ON 0mm -

We used the default JobControl® default settings for 6mm MDF.


Step 5: Cleaning and assembly

Use a damp cloth to clean the corkboard. Attach the MDF backing sheet.

Use wall hooks to mount your new corkboard. Sit back and enjoy your personalised creation!


Inspiration

Personalise the noticeboard for a business, Club or private person.



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