Custom jigs are very useful when cutting and/or engraving large workpiece quantities. Used in tandem JobControl®'s ability to save and reuse templates, you can quickly and accurately process identical jobs in just a few mouse clicks.


Equipment and Materials

Materials

  • Two sheets of TroGlass Color Gloss (1/8") that are 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 workpieces 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 for data plates (below). Send the file to JobControl® using the recommended 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®

Make sure to use the appropriate processing parameters to process the materials you will use to create your jig. 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 the standard TroGlass processing parameters from Trotec's JobControl® database.

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Step 3: Stick the Processed Sheets Together

Remove the sticker from the sheet with the adhesive backing. Then affix this sheet (i.e., the "top" layer) on top of the other processed sheet (i.e. the "bottom" layer) to complete the jig.

You may use glue if you are using a "top layer" material without an adhesive backing.

Important!

Ensure to correctly position the top layer on the bottom layer. Depending on the strength of the adhesive, it may not be possible to adjust the the top layer's placement if an error is made.


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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