Marble maze game made from ADA Signage

3D marble maze game made from TroLase ADA Signage

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Create a 3D marble maze game using TroLase ADA Signage and your laser machine, prefect for a gift or new product. TroLase ADA Signage is available from our engraving supplies webshop.


Preparation

Materials required:

Laser machine used:

  • Speedy 360, 80 watts with a 2" lens
  • Vacuum table
  • Acrylic laser cutting grid

Any Speedy laser engraver can be used to create this sample.

Tips:

We used the 2" lens for this sample as the design of the connectors in the graphic file have been adapted for this kerf.


Step by Step

Step 1: Import design

To begin design your box or use our pre-made template. Send the file to the laser using the following print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Cut Job 1000 dpi none
Halftone Others
colour enhanced geometries, inner geometries first

 

 

Tip:

We used makeabox.io to create a box for the base frame of the maze and adapted the file for our ADA material. For TroLase ADA Signage use a value of 0.2 mm into the kerf field.


Step 2: Laser cutting TroLase ADA Signage

Place the acrylic laser cutting grid into your laser machine and cut the outer walls and the bottom out of the black TroLase ADA Signage. For the playing field, we used the white ADA Signage using the same parameters. We scratched the positions of the individual "maze inner walls" as this makes assembly easier post processing.

The parameters used will vary depending on your chosen laser machine and its available laser power.

Laser Parameters

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Scratching: red cut CO2 10 1.5 1000
Marking letters: blue cut CO2 25 1.5 1000
"Wide" scratching: cyan cut CO2 20 1.5 1000
Cutting: green cut CO2 95 0.8 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 1 mm -
1 on 2 mm -
1 on 4 mm -
1 on -1.6 mm -

 

 

Tip:

For a clean result leave the protective film on during laser cutting, but remember to take it off your cut pieces post processing!


Step 3: Cleaning and assembly

Once you have finished laser cutting the components, remove the protective foil and clean the surface of the material and a soft cloth. Combine the bottom and one long side together. add the playing field into the laser cut slots and then add one of the short side parts. Add the final two side walls and then position the individual walls into the pre marked holes within the maze. Your marble maze is now ready to be used. 

Tip:

Clean the edges with an alcohol-based cleaner or solution to prevent them from losing their colour.


Inspiration

  • For added challange, create playing fields with different levels of difficulty. You can then offer various products with one base frame.
  • Combine different products such as ADA Signage and our veneered wood sheets to create unique finishes.


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