Acrylic globe with moving parts

Learn how to make a movable globe as a design element or to use it for other types of applications. You can find the instructions and template below: 


Preparation

Required material:

  • 1/4 sheet of TroGlass Metallic in bright silver

Machine used:

  • Speedy 360 flexx
  • 100 Watt with 1.5" lens
  • Vaccuum table with acrylic cutting grid

For this sample you only can use any laser machine from the Speedy laser engraver series.

Important:

  • To keep the kerf as small as possible, we used the 1.5" lens instead of a 2" lens
  • Material thickness can vary slightly. Therefore please measure the thickness and adapt the recess if necessary.

Step by Step

Step 1: Import design

Import our graphic. Add your design to the base plate of the outer ring.
Send the job to the laser using the settings below.

Print settings

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

 

 


Step 2: Laser process

Define the necessary parameters. They might vary depending on the machine used and the available laser power.

Laser Parameters

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
red Cut CO2 40 0.2 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - -

Info:

We used the standard parameters for TroGlass optimized for quality.


Step 3: Assembly

In order to put the globe together, start off with the ring that has four outside notches (1) and put it carefully into the ring with two inner and two outer notches (2). Then, put the ball into the ring that has two long connectors (3). Now, put one of the two small rings (4) onto the outer ring (5). Then you insert the preassembled globe into the holder and fix it on the opposite side using the second ring (4). Finally, insert the globe into the stand (6).


Downloads

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