sign made of plastic and acrylic

Multi Layer sign: laminates and acrylics

Step by step guide

One sign, four layers, different sign making techniques. Engraving and cutting is combined with multi-layer techniques and three-dimensional lettering. Use backlit with LEDs to put the sign in the best perspective.


Preparation

Required material:

Used Trotec Laser:

  • Speedy 360
  • 100 watts
  • 2 inch lens and 2.5 inch lens

Step by Step

Step 1:

Open the file "Multi-layer-sign" in your graphics software, then send it to the laser. Settings for speed and laser power may vary depending on the machine used.

Black (engraving)

Power: 60%, Speed: 100%, Resolution: 500dpi, Air Assist: On, Z-offset: +1mm

Tip:

Use reverse engraving to protect your materials from dust and keep them clean.


Step 2:

Red (cutting)

  • 1/8" Acrylics

    Power: 40%, Speed: 0.2%, Frequency: 20 000Hz, Air Assist: On
  • 1/4" Acrylics

    Vector marking: Power: 10%, Speed: 1%, Frequency: 2000Hz, Air Assist: On
    Cutting: Power: 95%, Speed: 0.2%, Frequency: 20 000Hz, Z-offset: -2 mm, Air Assist: On
  • 3/8" Acrylics

    Cutting: Power: 95%, Speed: 0.1%, Frequency: 20 000Hz, Z-offset: -3 mm, Air Assist: On

Tips:

  • Use the 2 inch lens for engraving the laminate and for cutting 1/8" acrylics
  • For cutting acrylics of 1/4" or 3/8" thickness use the 2.5 inch lens and keep in mind that a good exhaust is very important for perfect results,
  • Proper preparation is the secret: Prepare the layers with double-sided adhesive tape, then the assembling only takes a few minutes.
  • Help yourself: Engraving the baseplate and the laminate helps for the correct positioning.
  • Mounting a top layer on the 3/8" acrylics creates a visual multidimensional effect.
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