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Slate Coaster

Step By Step Instructions

Follow these helpful steps and create beautiful, individual coasters using nothing but standard slate plates and your trusty Trotec laser. You can also produce the appropriate storage for these coasters.


Preparation

You Will Need:

  • 6 slate coasters, approx. 10 x 10cm
  • 1 sheet of solid wood oak 600 x 300mm

Machine used:

You can use any machine from the Speedy series to create this sample.


Step by Step

Step 1: Slate

Get Creative! Come up with your very own design for the coasters, or you are always free to import our template. Adapt the graphic if you need to, so that it matches the size of the slate sheets.

Now, send the job to your laser engraving machine using the following driver settings:

Print settings:

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Standard 500 dpi None
Halftone Others
Colour -

Step 2: Laser Process Slate

Now you need to determine and enter the material's parameter settings. Please note that the parameters can always vary depending on the laser machine you are using and its available power.

Tip:

To ensure quicker production times, try engraving all your coasters in the one step. Seeing as the individual pieces are not all 100% identical to the next, be sure to pay close attention to the positioning of your graphic - does it sit nicely on every single coaster?

Laser Parameters:

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Black Engrave CO2 60 100 500
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 On - -

Step 3: Storage

Now it's time to create your design for the coaster's storage! Again, you are free to import our template if you'd prefer. Adapt the graphic to fit the slate sheets.

Send the job to the laser using the following driver settings:

Tip:

Before you begin cutting, measure the thickness of the wooden sheet and adapt the kerf is need be. Also, ensure that you double-check that the slate coasters actually fit in the storage box!

Print settings:

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Standard 500 dpi None
Halftone Others
Colour Optimised Geometries, Inner Geometries First

Step 4: Laser Process: Storage

Enter the material's parameter settings. Please note that the parameters can vary depending on the laser machine you are using and its available power.

Laser Parameters (Cutting):

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 95 0.3 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 On - -

Info:

We decided to use the standard parameters in JobControl for 'solid wood oak'.


Step 5: Finishing

Now all you need to do is connect all the individual pieces of the storage box together and place the laser engraved coasters inside! 


Inspiration

The sky is your only limit with laser technology - you can use any design imaginable for your slate coasters! You can engrave logos, images or any other designs your customers may desire. Additionally, you can personalise the storage box with engravings as well, making this job almost entirely customisable! 



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