Use your Trotec Speedy laser system to make a retro diner menu cover! Milkshakes and burgers, anyone?


Equipment and Materials

Materials

• 1/4 sheet of Pink/White TroLase (1/16")
• 1/4 sheet of Black/White TroLase Thins (1/32") with adhesive backing
• A plastic binding ring or screw post

To create a complete menu, we recommend adding laminated menu pages, and purchasing an additional 1/4 sheet of Pink/White TroLase (1/16") to create the back cover.

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You can use any laser system from the Speedy series for this application.


Step by Step

Step 1: Prepare Your Menu Cover Design

Create your own design, or import our template (below) and edit the file as you see fit. By using the Photo optimized Process Mode on JobControl®, you can achieve highly detailed photo engraving results.

More Photo Engraving Tips & Tricks

Send your design to your Speedy system by using the following settings:

Process Resolution Cut line
Photo optimized 600 dpi none
Halftone Others
Ordered dithering -

Step 2: Adjust the Laser Processing Settings

Send the job to your laser by using the processing parameters described below.

NOTE: The optimal cutting and engraving parameters may vary depending on your Specific Speedy system and its available wattage.

Processing Parameters

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
black engraving CO2 50 80 600
red cutting CO2 6 5 1000
blue cutting CO2 60 1.2 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 1 mm -
1 on - -
1 on - -

Tip

Engrave your image from bottom to top. As residue falls below the engraving area, this technique allows the exhaust system to absorb the debris as it is created. In addition, the residue does not fall in the laser's engraving path, it does not get burned into the material.


Step 3: Cut and Engrave the Pink/White TroLase Sheet

Remove the protective foil from the Pink/White TroLase sheet, and place it on your laser's work area. Cover the remaining space (e.g., with standard printing paper) to maximize the vacuum's suction force on the TroLase sheet. Then proceed to cut and engrave the material.

When the job is complete, wipe away any remaining residue with a slightly damp cloth.


Step 4: Prepare the Checkered Strip Design

To add a little extra pizzazz to our menu cover, we added a checkered strip made from TroLase Thine Black/White. To achieve the same look, you may also use our template (below).

Send the checkered strip file to your laser using the print settings below.

Print settings

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 600 dpi none
Halftone Others
color -

Step 5: Cut and Engrave the Checkered Strip

Put the Black/White TroLase Thins sheet on your laser's work area, and remove the protective foil.

To achieve the best results, be sure to run the engraving job (from bottom to top) before cutting.

Laser Parameters

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
black engraving CO2 60 80 600
red cutting CO2 30 1.5 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 1 mm High Quality
1 on - -

Step 6: Assemble the Menu

Once the checkered strip is processed, clean it with a slightly damp cloth. Once both the menu card and the checkered strip are dry, remove the sticker from the strip to expose its adhesive backing. Carefully position the strip on the photo-engraved menu cover. Finally, combine the front cover, menu pages and back cover, and secure them with a binding ring or screw post.

Voilà! You are now ready to present your menu.

Tip

You can print the content sheets of your menu, and cut them afterwards with your Speedy laser. The JobControl® Vision system will allow you to achieve precise cuts.


More Ideas

  • We recommend Trotec's LaserPaper Wood for a rustic or natural look
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