Laser cutting moving windmill

Miniature Windmill

Made using TroGlass and TroCraft Eco

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TroCraft Eco and TroGlass are ideal materials for model making.

Follow the instructions below to build a miniature windmill with moving blades.


Preparations

Equipment:

Of course, you can also produce this application with all other machines in the Speedy laser engraving series.

TIP: Why not try different Trotec materials and colors for a different look and finish?


Step by Step

Step 1: Configure Your Laser Settings to Cut the Windmill Blades

Import the graphics and adjust the file to your requirements. Aftterwards, using the following settings, send the file to your laser:

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Cut job 1000dpi None
Halftone Others
Color

Enhanced Geometries, Inner geometries first

 

 


Step 2: Cut the Windmill Blades (1mm-Thick TroCraft Eco Sheet)

Lay the 1mm-thick TroCraft Eco sheet on the Honeycomb Cutting Tabletop. Ensure to cover the rest of the working surface to maximize the vaccum's suction. 

NOTE: The laser parameters can vary depending on the specific machine used.

 

Color Process Power output % Speed % ppi/Hz
Red CO2 Cutting 66 2 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z offset Advanced
1 On 0mm -

 

TIP: When working with TroCraft Eco, it is recommended that you use a small nozzle to achieve a clean cut.


Step 3: Configure Your Laser Settings to Cut the Windmill Tower

Use the following settings to send the windmill tower to your laser:

 

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Standard Job 333dpi None
Halftone Others
Color Enhanced Geometries

Step 4: Cut the Windmill Tower (3mm-Thick TroCraft Eco Sheet)

Lay the 3mm-thick TroCraft Eco sheet on the Honeycomb Cutting Tabletop, and cover the rest of the working area once again. Then send the file to the laser using the following settings:

NOTE: Depending on your specific machine, these parameters may differ.

Laser Parameters: Engraving

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Black Engrave CO2 15 50 500
Passes Air Assist Z offset Advanced
1 on 0mm High Quality

 

Laser Parameters: Cutting

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Red CO2 cutting 100 0.8 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z-offset Advanced
1 On 0mm -

 

 


Step 5: Configure Your Laser Settings to Cut the Windmill Base and Blade Fastening Ring

Send the graphic for the stand made from TroGlass with the following settings to your Trotec Laser:

 

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Standard 500dpi None
Halftone Others
Color Enhanced Geometries, Inner geometries first

Step 6: Cut and Engrave the Windmill Base and Fastening Ring (TroGlass Satins Sheet)

Replace the Honeycomb Cutting Tabletop with the Acrylic Cutting Grid Table. Then, place the TroGlass sheet on the work area.

TIP: Use the large nozzle, as this is the best choice for processing TroGlass.

 

Laser Parameters: Engraving

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Black Engrave CO2 20 50 500
Passes Air Assist Z offset Advanced
1 On 0.5mm High Quality

Laser Parameters: Scratching

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Red CO2 cutting 50 0.4 5,000
Passes Air Assist Z offset Advanced
1 On 0mm -

 

 


Step 7: Assembly

First, attach the the windmill tower to the TroGlass base. Next, place the blade component on the tip of the windmill tower, and fix it in place with the TroGlass ring. Be careful not to pasten the ring too tightly so that the blades are capable of turning.

Your windmill made entirely from TroCraft Eco and TroGlass Satins is now ready!


Inspiration

  • As an alternative to this Don Quijote-inspired model windmill, you can also create a modern three-bladed windmill
  • Change it up and use multiple TroGlass colours
  • To prevent the blades from falling off of the model, we recommend that you glue the TroGlass fastening ring to the windmill tower tip


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