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Vintage-Style Sign

Step-by-step tutorial

For this project, we took inspiration from the bustling avenues of the late 1800s. 

Have a business with roots in the past? You can make your own vintage-inspired sign with your Trotec laser.


Equipment and Materials

Materials

Downloads

Templates


Step by Step

Step 1: Prepare your Artwork and Send it to Your Laser

Make your own design, or download our templates (above) and make any desired adjustments. Once your file is complete, send the job to your Trotec laser using the print settings below.

Print Settings

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Color optimized geometries,
inner geometries first

Step 2: Cut and Engrave the TroLase Sheet

Place the TroLase sheet on the acrylic cutting grid table in your laser. Cover the remaining area on the table with scrap paper (e.g., standard printing paper). This technique will help to concentrate the laser's suction force on your material to prevent it from moving during laser processing.

Proceed to enter your laser processing parameters. The optimal settings will vary depending on your particular laser and its maximum wattage.

New Speedy 400 Users

The recommended parameters below have been devised for older Speedy 400 models. If you are using a new Speedy 400 with OptiMotion™, your laser will automatically determine the optimal speed. Hence, you can use the following power and speed values for the Red (Cut CO2) process:

  • Power: 50%
  • Speed: 2%

Processing Parameters

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Black Engrave CO2 35 75 Auto PPI
Red Cut CO2 42 1.2 1000
Blue Cut CO2 20 10 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advanced
1 ON 2 Bottom to top Optimized quality, corr. 5
1 ON - - path planning: standard, corr. 5
1 ON - - path planning: standard, corr. 5

Step 3: Cut the TroGlass Color Gloss

Remove the TroLase from your laser's work area, and place the TroGlass sheet on the acrylic grid cutting table. Once again, cover the remaining work area with scrap paper to concentrate the vacuum suction force on your material.

Next, enter your laser processing settings. Similarly to in Step 2 above, your laser and its maximum wattage will determine the best parameters for your project. Our recommended settings (below) pertain to Speedy 400 (120 W) systems.

New Speedy 400 Users

If you are using a new Speedy 400 with OptiMotion™, you can use the following power and speed values for both both Red and Green (Cut CO2) processes:

  • Power: 80%
  • Speed: 1.1%

Proceed to cut the TroGlass in several steps:

  1. Skip the Green (Cut CO2) process, so that the larger sign components can be cut first
  2. Remove the cutouts from your laser and place them to the side
  3. Peel the protective film from the reverse side of the remaining TroGlass sheet, and stick double-sided tape on its underside
  4. Place the remaining TroGlass sheet back into your laser in the initial cut position, with the tape on the bottom side
  5. Proceed with the Green (Cut CO2) process, ensuring that you skip both Red and Blue (Cut CO2) processes

Laser Parameters:

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 30 0.2 5000
Blue Cut CO2 20 10 5000
Green Cut CO2 30 0.2 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advanced
1 ON - - Path planning: Standard, corr. 5
1 ON - - Path planning: Standard, corr. 5
1 ON - - Path planning: Standard, corr. 5

Step 4: Assemble the Sign

Once laser processing is complete, remove the cutouts from your laser. 

First, peel away the protective film from the back of the largest TroLase cutout. Then, carefully stick this piece to the marked area on the red TroGlass cutout.

Next, affix the two smaller TroLase cutouts ("No. One" and "Freshly baked") to the the marked areas on the sign.

Finally, remove the protective film from the back of the red TroGlass lettering. Glue the individual pieces to the upper-left edges of the font engravings of the sign. This will produce the illusion of a shadow created by the lettering.


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