3d sign retro style detail

Tutorial: 3D retro sign

Follow our step-by-step tutorial

Follow our tutorial to create a 3D retro sign. You can easily achieve the 3D effect by layering materials. 


Preparation

Material required :

Laser engraving machine used:

  • Speedy 400
  • 120 watts
  • 2" lens
  • Nozzle with large hole
  • acrylic grid cutting table

Downloads:

Graphic files


Step by Step

Step 1: Import the template

Start by creating your own design or importing our template. You can now send the job to the laser machine using the settings below. 

Print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour optimised geometries,
inner geometries first

Step 2: Laser Cutting TroLase

The above laser parameters are designed for the Speedy 400 laser engraving machine. If you have the new Speedy 400 model with Optimotion, you can set the laser cutting parameter (red) to power : 50% and speed : 2%. The laser device regulates the required speed automatically.

The next step is to create the parameter settings, which will vary depending on your laser machine and the available laser power.

The protective foil should be removed from the top of the TroLase Sheet. the material can then be placed on the acrylic grid cutting table in the laser machine. To maximise vacuum, cover the remaining working area with paper. 

Laser Parameters:

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Black Engrave CO2 35 75 Auto PPI
Red Cut CO2 42 1.2 1000
Blue Cut CO2 20 10 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advanced
1 ON 2 Bottom to top Optimised quality, corr. 5
1 ON - - path planning: standard, corr. 5
1 ON - - path planning: standard, corr. 5

Step 3: Laser cutting TroGlass Colour Gloss

As with the TroLase, the above parameters refer to the Speedy 400 model. If you already have a Speedy 400 NEW (with Optimotion) in use, you can set the laser cutting parameters (red and green) to 80% power and 1.1% speed. The laser device regulates the required speed automatically.

Now create your laser parameters. These will again vary depending on your laser machine and the available laser power. 

Leave the protective film on the top and bottom of the TroGlass sheet. Place the material on the acrylic grid cutting table in the laser machine. Cover the remaining area to create the best possible vacuum.

Cut the TroGlass in two steps. During the first laser process, skip the cutting colour green so that the base plate (cutting colours red and blue) is cut first.

Before the next stage remove all cut parts from your laser machine. Then remove the protective film from the back of the remaining sheet and apply a double sided adhesive sheet instead. Place the sheet back into the laser machine (with the adhesive film on the underside). Begin the laser processing for the cutting colour green (lettering), skipping the cutting colours red and blue.

Laser Parameters:

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 30 0.2 5000
Blue Cut CO2 20 10 5000
Green Cut CO2 30 0.2 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advanced
1 ON - - Path planning: Standard, corr. 5
1 ON - - Path planning: Standard, corr. 5
1 ON - - Path planning: Standard, corr. 5

Step 4: Assembly

After the last laser process, remove the individual elements from the laser machine and remove the remaining protective film from the top of all cut parts.

To attach the parts to each other, first remove the protective film from the back of the large TroLase shield. Now stick the TroLase label on the red TroGlass label according to the marking.

Then glue the two smaller TroLase plates ("N. One" and "Freshly baked") to the markings on the large TroLase plate.

In the last step, remove the protective film on the back of the red Troglass lettering. Glue the individual fonts to the upper left edges of the font engravings on the TroLase. The engraving results in a shadow that runs down to the right.

Once all fonts have been glued on, the sign is ready for use!


Inspiration

Use a range of colours to create unique signage! TroLase and TroGlass sheets are both available in a range of colours from our webshop.

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