plant signs laser cut

Plant
identification signs

Step by step guide

Cut and engrave custom gardening signs with your Trotec laser and label herbs, fruits and vegetables.
Check out these three variations: garden gnome, clear or retro design.


Preparation

Required material

  • 0.4" acrylics or
  • 1/8" colourful acrylics (as you like, e.g., Perspex®)

Trotec laser used

  • Speedy 400
  • 80 watts
  • 2.5 inch lens

Tip:

  • Use a cutting table

Step by Step

Step 1: Import files

Import the PDF file into Corel Draw and select the desired graphic (see the tabs below the working area in Corel Draw). The file contains the following graphics:

  • garden gnome (optimized for transparent acrylics)
  • retro design
  • clean design

Step 2: Customize the graphic

Use the text tool to edit the name of the plant, spice or herb and send the graphic to the laser.


Step 3: Laser settings

Below, you can find the laser settings that we used with the Speedy 400 (80 watts with 2.5 inch lens). Depending on the laser power and the material used, the parameters may vary.

Used parameters for 0.4" acrylics:

Engraving: Power: 70% - Speed: 100% - Frequency: Auto - Air Assist: ON
Cutting: Power: 100% - Speed: 0.1% - Frequency: 20,000 Hz - Air Assist: ON - Z-Offset: -1.50mm

Used parameters for 1/8" acrylics:

Engraving: Power: 35% - Speed: 10% - Frequency: Auto - Air Assist: ON
Cutting: Power: 30% - Speed: 0.1% - Frequency: 8,500 Hz - Air Assist: ON

Hint - Cutting table:

Using an acrylic cutting table will prevent beam reflections on the backside of the material. Moreover, it is especially important when cutting acrylics to extract the gases produced, in order to avoid flames and to get crystal-clear edges.