Presentation box

made of TroLase ADA Signage

Learn how you can make a neat presentation box for names tags with the help of a Trotec laser and different type of engraving materials. Engraving materials are available at Trotec: www.engraving-supplies.ca 


Preparation

Required material:

Machine used:

  • Speedy 400, 120 Watt
  • 2" lens
  • Vacuum table
  • Acrylic cutting grid for TroLase ADA Signage
  • Honeycomb cutting table for the foam

For this sample you can use any laser machine from the Speedy laser engraver series.

Tips:

  • TroLase ADA Signage is well suited for these kind of boxes because it is elastic and the parts fit together well
  • Please make sure that the foam you are using is suited for laser engraving and cutting (no PVC or other prohibited materials)

Step by Step

Step 1: Import /create design template

First it is necessary to design your box or use our template. For the quick and easy creation of boxes, visit makeabox.io. Our box consists of the outer shell, a lid and a double foam insert. Once the design is done, send the graphic elements for the outer shell and lid to your laser using the following parameters:

Print settings

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Cut Job 1000 dpi none
Halftone Others
color

enhanced geometries,
inner geometries first

Important:

If you are creating your own box in makeabox.io, choose a kerf value of 0.2 mm to automatically compensate the kerf in the graphic design.


Step 2: Laser process box

We made the outer shell and lid out of ADA Signage, you can use the parameters saved in JobControl®  to get close to the correct parameters. The recommended parameters can vary depending on the laser machine used and the laser power of your machine. Position the ADA Signage on the acrylic cutting grid of your Trotec laser and cut the pieces out.

Laser Parameters

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
red cut CO2 65 0.8 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - -

Tip:

  • We used the standard laser parameters from JobControl® optimized for speed
  • The material parameters of JobControl® can be downloaded from www.troteclaser.com
  • Start the engraving from the bottom This reduces the cleaning.

Step 3: Design Foam

We used the Relief mode for the foam to achieve different engraving heights. This enables you to optimally position name tags in different heights in the box. To do so, you just have to define different grayscales in the graphic: The darker the colour, the deeper the engraving. Send the graphics to the laser using the following parameters:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Relief 333 dpi none
Halftone Others
color enhanced geometries,
inner geometries first

Important:

Make sure that the foam lies flat. You can maximize the vacuum by covering the engraving table.


Step 4: Laser process foam

Position the foam in the Trotec laser and cover the rest of the working area. Engrave and cut the two pieces of the insert.

Laser Parameters:

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
black engrave CO2 70 60 500
red cut CO2 20 0.1 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - High quality
1 on -5 mm -

Tip:

Use the honeycomb cutting table to prevent the vacuum table from being "cut"


Step 5: Cleaning & Assembly

Put the single pieces of outer shell and lid together. Insert the foam and equip it with your nametags. Also nametags of multiple layers can be excellently presented in this box. A description of how to make this sample is available on our website - Name Tags "Paolas Cupcakes"
The additional bar in the lid holds the presentation box in an oblique position. To transport the box (e.g. when visiting customers), just remove the bar from the lid, put it into the box and close the lid. Impress and amaze your customers with this elegant presentation box.


Inspirations

  • You can produce the box in advance and finish the foam depending on your customers' order. If you do so, leave the protection foil on the material to prevent scratches.
  • Refine the lid of the presentation box with individual layouts and corporate logos using, for example, self-adhesive TroLase Lights engraving material.
  • Use Trotec's veneered wood for an extra elegant touch. If you do so, use a kerf of 0.1 mm in makebox.io.


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