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Cardboard gift box

Step by step instructions

By the end of this DIY you will be able to make a classy and individual gift box out of a simple sheet of corrugated board.


Preparation

Required material:

  • cardboard, min. 18 x 24'', 1/8" thick
  • double-sided adhesive tape, extra strong
  • covering material

Machine used:

  • Speedy 500, 200 watt
  • 2.5" lens
  • small cone or cone with special cap (depending on availability)
  • aluminum cutting grid table

For this sample you can use any of the machines from the SP laser cutter Series, or you may use either the Speedy 360 or Speedy 400 laser engraving machines.

Tip:

Use the smallest possible cone. This prevents the material from being dirtied by burn marks.


Step by Step

Step 1: Import print and laser template

Download our graphic and adapt it according to your requirements. Send the graphic to the laser using the settings below.

Print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Cut job 1000 dpi none
Halftone Others
Color Optimized geometries, inner geometries first

Step 2: Laser process cardboard

Place the cardboard inside your laser with the right side facing down. Cover the rest of the working area so that you get a sufficient down draft that holds the material in place. Then enter your material settings. Our recommended parameters can vary depending on laser type and power.

Laser Parameters

Color Process  Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
cutting slowly: red Cut CO2 30 1.5 5000
scratching: blue Cut CO2 10 3 5000
cutting fast: green Cut CO2 50 3 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 Gas 1 - -
1 Gas 1 - -
1 Gas 1 - -

Info:

If you are using the 500, use the external compressed air (= Gas 1) with 4 bar pressure which blows the smoke through the cutting slots. This ensures clean cut edges.


Step 3: Cleaning and assembly

Gutter the scratched cutting lines to achieve a nice fold. You can either use a ballpoint-pen or a folding stick. Apply double-sided adhesive tape on the six flaps. Crease all folding lines to remove the tension from the cardboard. Glue the box together to complete your gift box.


Inspiration

  • For an orginal look, you can paint the box after cutting.
  • Put a piece of acrylic or wood underneath the cut-out design. That way an original engraving becomes visible when you open the box.
  • Replace the words "Happy Birthday" with other messages or dates, such as Merry Christmas, so you can quickly and easily offer your customers the option to personalize the box.


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