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3-D Elephant Decoration

Step-by-step tutorial

Trunk? Check. Tusks? Check. Big ears? Check. Sounds like we're making an elephant!

Pay homage to this iconic animal with a three-dimensional decoration made using 100% biodegradable and emission-free TroCraft Eco.


Equipment and Materials

Materials

Small Decoration (Width: 15 cm)

Large Decoration (Width: 60 cm)

Trotec Laser and Accessories

You can use any laser engraver from the Speedy series for this project.

Downloads

Templates

Be sure to use the appropriate template for your project. The template folder contains files for both the smaller and larger versions of the project.


Step by Step

Step 1: Prepare Your Design and Send the File to Your Laser

Create your own design, or download our templates (above) and make any desired edits. Send the file to your Trotec laser using the following settings:

Print Settings

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

Important

If you are using one of our templates, double-check that you are using the correct file. We provided templates for both small (15 cm width) and large (60 cm width) project sizes.


Step 2: Process the TroCraft Eco Sheet

Place the TroCraft Eco sheet on the aluminum cutting grid table (or honeycomb cutting tabletop) in your laser. Cover the remaining work area with scrap paper (e.g., printing paper). This trick will help to maximize the vacuum suction force on your material, which will prevent it from moving when being cut and engraved.

Next, enter your laser processing settings. Please note that the parameters below pertain to 1 mm TroCraft Eco. The processing parameters my vary depending on the thickness of your sheet and your laser's maximum wattage.

Processing Parameters

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
 Black Engrave CO2 9 50 500 ppi
Red Cut CO2  24 2 1000 Hz
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advanced
1 ON - top down High quality
1 ON - - -

Step 3: Assemble Your Decoration

Once laser processing is completed, remove all of the cutouts from your laser. The parts are arranged by their size and sequence from bottom right to top left. Place the rectangular plate (i.e., bottom-left cutout) to the side.

Start by inserting the elephant head outline without internal cuts (i.e., top-left cutout) into the the into the rearmost slots on both trunk pieces (i.e., bottom-right cutouts). Proceed to insert the remaining elephant head pieces in the same manner. The order depends on the size of the individual parts - the smallest element is placed in the front slot.

Finally, turn the elephant head over and push the rectangular plate through the two back slots. This fixes the pieces in place, and at the same time serves as a suspension eyelet.


TroCraft Eco: 100% Biodegradable and Emission-Free

TroCraft Eco is fully biodegradable, which allows you to minimize your environmental footprint when getting creative.

Users can also breathe easy knowing that laser cutting and engraving TroCraft Eco does not produce any harmful emissions.

Safety + Sustainability = Winning Combination

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