Custom jigs are very useful when cutting and/or engraving multiple identical workpieces. Used in tandem with the ability to save job parameters in JobControl®, you can quickly and accurately process large workpiece volumes.


Equipment and Materials

Materials

  • One sheet of TroGlass Color Gloss (1/8") that is large enough to cover your laser's work area; one sheet having an adhesive backing

NOTE: You can use any material to produce this jig.

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NOTE: You can use any laser system from the Speedy series for this application.

Tip

To ensure that your measurements are as precise as possible, we suggest using a caliper to measure the workpiece for which you are creating the jig.


Step by Step

Step 1: Import the Jig Design into JobControl®

Create your own jig design or use our template (below). Send the file to JobControl® using the Print settings below.

NOTE: The parameters might vary depending on your specific laser system and its wattage.

Print Settings

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500dpi None
Halftone Others
Color None

Step 2: Prepare the Materials and Adjust the Processing Settings in JobControl®

Depending on the material that you are planning to use for your jig, make sure to use the appropriate processing parameters. The settings specified below were used to cut 1/8" TroGlass Color Gloss.

The following factors are also key to obtaining the best results:

Material Settings

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut 90 0.40 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 ON - -

Tip

We used standard TroGlass processing parameters from Trotec's JobControl® database.

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Step 3: Stick the Two Sheets Together

Remove the sticker from to expose the adhesive backing on the TroGlass sheet. Then affix the two sheets together to complete the jig.

You may use glue if you are using materials without an adhesive backings.


More Ideas

  • If you are creating kits, you can make jigs with spaces for different parts
  • Create drawer liners using Trotec's laser-safe foam


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