In this Trotec DIY guide, we'll use the provided design template and instructions below to create a beautiful custom corkboard.


Preparation

Required material:

Machine Used:

This DIY works great with any machine from the Speedy laser engraver series .

Tip:

 This DIY offers a lot of room for flexibility and creativity. Why not try a variety of different designs to suit your client or personal preference?


Step by Step

Step 1: Design

Import the design template, adapting it to your software preferences. The graphic is made special by its two distinct levels of gray, which can be engraved simultaneously at unique power levels using relief mode. To determine which grayscale achieves which color change, first apply the grayscale matrix.

When sending the graphic for the corkboard to your Trotec laser engraver, we recommend the following settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Relief 333dpi none
Halftone Others
Color Enhanced geometries

Tip:

Because the corkboard is mostly viewed from a distance, you can use a coarser resolution of 333dpi. A higher resolution will not be seen by the human eye, so you can save a lot of time in the laser engraving process.


Step 2: Laser Process The Cork

Lay your cork sheet in your Trotec laser engraver and mask the remaining working area completely. Although the parameters may vary depending on the laser machine used and the available laser power, we recommend the large nozzle to receive the best results with this material.

Laser Parameters: Engraving

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Black Engrave CO2 50 70 500
Passes Air Assist Z- offset Advanced
1 ON 0mm High Quality

Laser Parameters: Scratching

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 12 4 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z-offset Advanced
1 ON +9 mm -

Laser Parameters: Cutting

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Blue Cut CO2 60 1 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z- offset Advanced
1 ON 0mm -

Tip:

Cover the workspace very carefully when working with cork. This will help you achieve the best extraction performance and avoid flaming during cutting.


Step 3: Laser-Template MDF Support Plate

We've also attached a slightly smaller MDF board to the back of our cork, for added stability and ease of hanging. Try out the following settings for your MDF-template:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Cut Job 1000dpi None
Halftone Others
Color Enhanced geometries

Step 4: Laser Process The MDF

Lay the MDF backing board in your Trotec laser machine. We recommend the following parameters, although they may vary depending on the laser machine used and the available laser power.

Laser parameters Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Cutting Red cut CO2 90 0.4 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z offset Advanced
1 ON 0mm -

Similarly, we recommend the JobControl® default settings for MDF with 6mm thickness.


Step 5: Cleaning And Assembly

Clean the cut edges of your cork with a damp cloth, and attach the MDF securely to the back.

Your personalized corkboard is now finished!


Inspiration

Personalised corkboards are ideal for a business, club, yourself or a customer.



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