wooden coaster laser cut

Acrylic and Wood Coasters

Create great effects with two different materials without wasting any.
(To browse full materials range, please visit www.trotec-materials.com.)


Preparation

Required material:

  • 2 sheets of TroGlass Color Gloss, one with double-sided adhesive tape (available at Trotec
  • 2 sheets Alder wood 1/8'' thick, one with double-sided adhesive tape (available at Trotec)
  • Covering material and adhesive tape

Machine used:

  • Speedy 360 flexx
  • 100 Watt with 1.5" lens

For this sample you can use any laser machine from the Speedy Series.

Important:

  • Use the acrylic cutting grid table or the acrylic slat cutting table.
  • Remove the protective foil from the side of the acrylic that you want to engrave. Leaving on the bottom protects the acrylic sheet from scratches during handling.

Step by Step

Step 1: Import /create design template

Import our design template into your graphic program and adapt it according to your needs. Remember to remove the protective foil from the side of the acrylic that you want to engrave.

 Print settings

process mode resolution cut line
standard 500 dpi none
halftone others
black & white

enhanced geometries
inner geometries first


Step 2: Laser process

Engrave and cut out the design (B) from the acrylic sheet with adhesive tape. For best results, we recommend using an acrylic cutting grid table or acrylic slat cutting table. These tables minimize the reflections of the laser beam on the back of the material. Cover the rest of the table and remove the protective film from the top side.
Next, cut the outer contour (B) from the acrylic without adhesive tape.

Laser Parameters for Acrylic

colour process power (%) speed (%) ppi/HZ
black engrave CO2 14 20 500
red cut CO2 100 1 1000
passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - -
1 on - -

Laser Parameters for Alder Wood

colour process power (%) speed (%) ppi/HZ
black engrave CO2 45 50 500
red cut CO2 100 1.4 1000
passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 6 -
1 on - -

Info:

  • We used the standard laser parameters from Jobcontrol®, which are optimized for speed
  • Thanks to the z-offset, you get a particularly smooth engraving.
  • The material parameters used in JobControl® can be downloaded from www.troteclaser.com

Step 3: Post-processing

The material requires no cleaning after engraving and cutting. Just remove the protective foil from the back of the cut acrylic elements. Remove the cover from the cut-out circles and alternate the position of the acrylic and wood items starting from outside. This will create great effects with two different materials without wasting any material.


Inspirations

  • If you wish, you can optimize your results by using the "quality" laser parameters
  • The fiber laser source of the Speedy flexx creates particularly good results on darker acrylic
  • If you use a 1.5" lens, the engraving on acrylic becomes very bright. You can also cut 3 mm material with this lens.