Acrylic jig with finished engraved data plates

Acrylic jig for laser engraving

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This tutorial will show you how to create a custom jig for laser marking data plates using our 3mm TroGlass acrylic. Creating a jig is a useful way to ensure speedy job set up, accurate processing and more. 
To order TroGlass acrylic and find out more about Trotec materials, visit our engraving supplies webshop. 


Preparation

Materials required:

  • TroGlass 3 mm or other suitable material

Laser machine used:

  • Speedy 360, 80 watt with a 2" lens

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

Tip:

We suggest using a measuring calliper when measuring the item that the jig is to be used for. If working with acrylic make sure your bed is completely sealed off to ensure that you create a nice clean edge.

View our tips for laser cutting acrylic


Step by Step

Step 1: Import file design into Software

Begin by creating your own design or using our template. Send it to the laser with the recommended laser parameters, which could differ depending on your laser machine used and the available laser power.

Print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500dpi None
Halftone Others
Colour None

Step 2: Laser process

As a jig can be made from many different materials, make sure that you process it correctly. For example, ensure that you are using the correct table, that your exhaust is activated if required or that you have masked off the bed.

Laser Parameters:

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut 90 0.40 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 ON - -

Tip:

We used standard laser parameters from JobControl laser software. 

Download laser parameters


Step 3: Post-processing

You can use glue or a premanufactured material with an adhesive backing to stick the two materials together.


Inspiration

  • Jigs can be used for almost any products you can think of, including pet tags, keys, components and more
  • Jigs are particularly helpful for laser engraving odd-shaped items which can be challenging and time consuming. Using a jig helps to provide repeatability, accuracy, and interchangeability
  • You can make several jigs and improve your daily workflow


Check out our Trotec Speedy laser engraver series