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Anniversary Trophy

Combine different Trotec materials to create a unique display piece

Looking to create an eye catching trophy which can easily be tailored to customer requirements? Then this tutorial is for you. Combine different Trotec materials to create a unique, eye catching award. Please note that this tutorial is intended for experienced laser users.

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Preparation

Required material:

Laser machine used:

Any Speedy laser engraving machine or SP laser cutting machine can be used to create this sample.

Important information:

  • In our example we did not use glue to hold the pieces together, thus it is important to pay special attention to kerf. If necessary, you can cut a small geometry with the parameters you want to use on the material and measure the dimension to test the kerf. You can then adapt the kerf accordingly if required.
  • The laser parameters required will differ depending on the laser machine you use and the available power.

Step by Step

Material 1: Wood

Import our design into your preferred graphic program, changing it to suit your requirements. For our trophy we chose seven pillars, but you can adapt the number to your customers' requirements or personal taste.

1. Print settings

Start by cutting the wood. Send the job to the laser using the following settings:

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

2. Laser process and laser parameters wood

Put the wood onto the laser machine bed and activate the vacuum to compensate for eventual unevenness.

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
red Cut CO2 100 0.8 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - -

 

 

Info:

For this we used the standard laser parameters for solid wood walnut


Material 2: Acrylic 20 mm

The next step is to create the base as well as the upper connectors. In this sample we used 20 mm acrylic. Depending on your requirements you can use a thinner acrylic. Prior to laser cutting the acrylic components measure the thickness of the wood components before you cut the acrylic pieces. This allows you to adapt the notches if necessary.

1. Print settings

Send the job to your laser using following settings:

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

2. Laser process and laser parameters Acrylic 20 mm

For laser cutting acrylic we used a SP1500 with 400 watt laser power and the 5" lens. Focus 4 mm into the material.
The slot in the upper connector is used to insert the ball chain. You can adapt the laser engraving depth if necessary.

Colour Process  Power (%) Spped (%) ppi/Hz
red Cut CO2 35 0.2 2000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 4 mm -

Tip:

For quicker processing you can reduce the material thickness by up to 10 mm and use a Speedy laser machine for laser cutting. Use the standard material parameters which are optimised for quality and a 2.5” lens.

Info:

Use the standard TroGlass Clear 20 mm laser parameters when laser cutting the pieces


Material 3: TroGlass Metallic

The middle part can be made out of any TroGlass materials or colours. In this stage you can add a logo for personalisation if desired.

1. Print settings

Send the file to your laser using following settings:

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

 2. Laser process and laser parameters TroGlass (Metallic)

Depending on how you want to fix the TroGlass material on the 20 mm base, you can put some double-sided adhesive foil on it prior to laser cutting.

Colour Process  Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
red Cut CO2 40 0.2 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - -

Info:

We used the standard laser parameters for TroGlass optimised for quality.


Material 4: Acrylic 5 mm

As with the prior materials measure the thickness of the wood and adapt the kerf if necessary.

1. Print settings

Send the job to the laser.

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

2. Laser process  and laser parameters Acrylic 5 mm

Put the acrylic on the acrylic laser cutting grid table.

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
red Cut CO2 85 0.2 20000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on -1.5 mm -

Info:

We used the standard quality parameters for TroGlass Clear 5 mm.


Material 5: Aluminium tag

The aluminum tag is where the person to be honoured will have their name laser engraved. For variety you can use different shaped and coloured tags or even create your own from different materials such as TroLase or AlumaMark.

1. Print settings

Send the job to your laser

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour -

2. Laser process and laser parameters aluminium tag

Position the tag onto the laser bed using the 1.5" lens to show the fine details. Laser parameters vary depending on the laser machine used and its available power. For our sample we used a SpeedMarker with MOPA laser for the black marking on the back. 

Tipp:

For exact positioning of the graphic on the work piece, you can use a template or the simple positioning aids of JobControl® software

Colour Process  Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
black Engrave CO2 10 20 500
Passses Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - High quality

 

 


Assembly

Start assembling the trophy with the wood components, adding them to the upper connector. Before placing the final components, thread the ball chain with the tag attached and position the lock into the slot.  Once completed put the lower parts of the wood element into the 5 mm acrylic. Mount the signage by fixing the elements with glue dots using the creased marks onto the TroGlass. Once completed tighten the screws. The final step is to glue the TroGlass onto the acrylic base.

Et Voilà – your trophy is ready.

To make the trophy stand out further we created a movable globe. Follow our step-by-step instructions to create one to add to your trophy.


Inspiration

This tutorial is intended for experienced laser users.

 The trophy can be produced in advance and then adapted for specific customer needs with a few amends.


Downloads

Download template


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