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Advent Wreath

Get into the holiday spirit by crafting a jovial advent wreath out of TroGlass and MDF. Step-by-step instructions and a downloadable template are available.


Equipment and Materials

Materials

Trotec Laser and Accessories

You can use any machine from the SP series for this application. If you wish to use a Speedy 360 or Speedy 300, please adapt the design template (below) accordingly. The sheets should have a minimum height of 13.6".

Tips


Step by Step

Step 1: Prepare Your Design

Import our design (below) into your graphics program and make any desired adjustments. Alternatively, you may choose co create your own wreath design from scratch. Send the completed file to your laser using the recommended settings below.

Important!

If you are using our template (below), cut the artwork from the first five pages from acrylic. This ensures that the individual pieces do not sit exactly above the other, but are slightly turned. The sixth page contains the design to be cut from MDF.

 Print Settings

process mode resolution cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
halftone others
color enhanced geometries
inner geometries first

Step 2: Cut the TroGlass and MDF Sheets

Insert the Aluminum Cutting Grid Table, and then place the MDF sheet on your laser's work area. Proceed to cut the material. Next, remove the MDF cutouts and remaining material as well as the  Aluminum Cutting Grid Table.

Proceed to insert the Acrylic Cutting Grid Table, and place the the first half-sheet of TroGlass on the work area. Cover the remaining area (e.g., with standard printing paper) to maximize the vacuum's suction force on the sheet. Next, laser cut the TroGlass material, and remove the protective foil from the sheet once the job is finished. Repeat this process with the second and third half-sheets of TroGlass.

Laser Parameters (TroGlass)

colour process power (%) speed (%) ppi/HZ
red cutting CO2 100 0.9 1000
passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 0 -

Laser Parameters (MDF)

colour process power (%) speed (%) ppi/HZ
red cutting CO2 100 0.5 1000
passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 0 -

Step 3: Assemble the Advent Wreath

To complete your wreath, stack the cutouts in any order. To properly position each cutout, ensure that the small circles align with those on the cutout directly beneath (please see the video on the left). You may opt to thread large pins through the holes to prevent the layers from moving, or glue the layers together. To decorate the wreath, glue glass candle holders to the top layer. Finally, insert LED candles into the candle holders. 

Your wreath is ready to shine!


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