Paper is a very exciting material for laser processing. It is extremely versatile and can be laser cut and laser engraved well for many different projects. Below is an example using a paper movie voucher. You can find the parameters used by us in the table below.
We have used the paper "Aqua Silver" from the series Gmund 925 with a grammage of 290 g/m².
For deep engraving, you will need relatively more power output during engraving. Assign the first engraving color for this, in our case black.
In the parameter database, assign the appropriate parameters for the color black. Use a higher power output and a lower speed for deep engraving compared to customary engraving to achieve depth.
For an elegant effect, you can bleach out the uppermost layer or the surface of some types of paper. Bleaching out involves engraving in a way so that little or no material is removed.
Assign the next color for the surfaces you want to create. We used red for our project. For the engraving parameters, use lower power and a faster speed than you would normally use for engraving on paper.
The scratching technique can be used for filigree and very fine markings.
For this, assign a hairline using a different color (we used blue) as a contour to the object. In the parameter settings, select cutting as process and use a lower power output compared to the customary paper cut.
The engraving line technique is similar to scratching, but with a different thickness. This is defined by the parameter setting.
Assign a hairline to the object again. (We used desert blue.) In the parameter settings, choose a Z-offset of about 2-5 mm for the cutting process, depending on the desired thickness of the line. The power output should be similar to the scratching line.
Parts of the card can also be separated with a perforation, which is a discontinuous cutting line.
To create this, draw a cutting line (we used cyan) and convert it into a curve. Then select a a dashed line for the line style. Use the same parameter settings as with the filigree cut.
In particular, you can also cut filigree writing, figures or ornaments with the laser by drawing an arbitrary form with a hairline contour (we used cyan for this).
For your parameter settings, use a lower speed and power output than with the outer cut.
When cutting the card out you can use a separating cut if there are no elaborate curves in the design. Assign a hairline for this (see ours in green).
Depending on the length of the straights to be cut, you can use up to 5% speed. Adapt the output power accordingly.
Send the job to the laser with the following settings. Make sure to use colour when screening so that all objects are processed.
We used a Speedy 360 with 80 Watt and a 1.5" lens.
|Process type||Resolution||Cutting line|
|Color||Optimized geometries, internal geometries first|
Next, assign your parameter settings. The parameters will deviate depending on the paper you use, your laser and the available laser power output.
Tip: Try using a different paper. You can test the settings on a small area which is not needed later. Use our grayscale matrix for this.
|Laser parameter||Color||Process||Power (%)||Speed (%)|
|Deep engraving||Black||CO2 engraving||36||30|
|Light engraving||Red||CO2 engraving||19||40|
|Engraving line||Desert blue||CO2 cutting||5||1|
|Filigree cut/perforation||Cyan||CO2 cutting||8||0,5|
|Outer cut||Green||CO2 cutting||20||2|
You can, of course, use all these techniques which we have presented on other types of paper.
For an individual touch, you can also add photo engraving. In the JobControl® print settings use the process option “Photo” and the halftone "Ordered Dithering” for this.
Caution: No other engraving techniques, such as light engraving or deep engraving, can be combined with photo engraving or the halftone "Ordered Dithering". The colors used for this would be screened, thus converted into gray scale. However, these settings do not have an effect on the colours of the cutting lines. If you still would wish to accommodate all techniques in the card, send the image separately and work with markers for exact placement.