Floral Line Art

Add a hint of flower power to your home with these delicate, minimalist pieces of line art.

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Preparation

Materials

NOTE: The size of the TroLase ADA sheets will depend on the size of your picture frame.

Trotec Laser and Accessories

This project can be made using any laser engraver from the Speedy series.

Abstract Flower Decoration

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Step by Step

Step 1

Step 1: Prepare Your Design and Process the Transparent TroLase Signage ADA Sheet

You can download the template we used from iStock (below), or create your own design using a program such as Adobe Photoshop. If you intend to use a UV printer, we recommend isolating your flower outline and creating a separate file. This will prevent you from accidentally printing the outline onto the transparent TroLase ADA Signage sheet.

We cut the transparent TroLase ADA Signage sheet in advance, ensuring that it fit our picture frame. We then used a UV printer to print the colour blotches on the reverse side of the sheet.

Alternatively, if your Trotec laser is equipped with a JobControl® Vision camera system, you will need to first UV-print the transparent TroLase ADA Signage sheet (NOTE: remember to add registration marks to your design). You may then proceed to cut the material.

Step 2

Step 2: Send the Flower Design to Your Laser

Open the file containing the flower outline, and send the job to your laser using the following print settings:

Print Settings

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500dpi none
Halftone Others
Color Optimized Geometries, Inner Geometries First

Tip

Pay attention to the thickness of your flower lines, as when they are too thin they can easily break!

Step 3

Step 3: Laser Process the Black TroLase ADA Signage Sheet

Place the black TroLase ADA Signage sheet on the acrylic cutting grid table in your laser. To prevent the material from moving while being cut, we recommend covering the remaining work area with scrap paper. This trick will help strengthen the laser's vaccuum suction force on your material.

In JobControl®, enter the processing parameters to cut the flower outline. The settings may vary depending on your Trotec laser model and its available wattage.

Processing Parameters

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 38 0.8 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advanced
1 ON - - -
Step 4

Step 4: Assemble the Artwork

First, place the passe-partout on top of the transparent TroLase ADA Signage sheet into your frame's passe-partout (if you have one).

Next, peel away the protective film from the adhesive backing of the black flower cutout. Carefully affix the cutout to the centre of the transparent TroLase ADA Signage sheet.

Finally, put together the frame.

TroLase ADA Signage: Versatility You Can Feel and See

TroLase ADA Signage is a single-layer, acrylic-based material suitable for creating Braille, tactile sign, and 3-D signs. Its durability allows for both indoor and outdoor use.

As demonstrated in this project, exceptional UV printing results can be achieved on TroLase ADA Signage.

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