Laser cut cardboard gift box

Cardboard gift box

Step by step tutorial

Our tutorial will show you how to create a unique gift box using standard corrugated cardboard.


Preparation

Materials required:

  • Corrugated cardboard, minimum dimensions 45 x 60 cm, 3 mm thick
  • Extra strong double-sided adhesive tape
  • Material to cover the laser bed such as paper

Laser cutting machine used:

  • Speedy 500, 200 watt
  • 2.5" lens
  • Small cone or cone with special cap (depending on availability)
  • Aluminium cutting grid table

Any SP series laser cutter can be used to create this sample, as well as the Speedy 360 or Speedy 400 laser engraving machines.

Tip:

Use the smallest possible cone as this prevents the material from being dirtied by burn marks.


Step by Step

Step 1: Import print and laser template

Begin by downloading our graphic and adapting it to suit your requirements. Send the graphic to the laser with the below settings.

Print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Cut job 1000 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour Optimised geometries, inner geometries first

 

 


Step 2: Laser cutting cardboard

Position the cardboard onto your laser bed with the face of the material down. To ensure sufficient vacuum that holds the material in place, cover open areas of the laser bed with paper. Then enter your material settings into the laser software. Our recommended parameters will vary depending on your laser machine and its available power.

Laser Parameters

Colour Process  Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
cutting slowly: red Cut CO2 30 1.5 5000
scratching: blue Cut CO2 10 3 5000
cutting fast: green Cut CO2 50 3 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 Gas 1 - -
1 Gas 1 - -
1 Gas 1 - -

 

 

Tips:

Use the external compressed air (= Gas 1) with 4 bar pressure. This blows the smoke through the cutting slots which ensures clean cut edges.


Step 3: Cleaning and assembly

Crease the scratched cutting lines to achieve a nice fold. To achieve this you can either use a ballpoint-pen or a folding stick. Apply the double-sided adhesive tape on the six flaps and crease all folding lines to remove tension from the cardboard. Glue the box together and it is now ready for action.


Inspiration

  • To make your box stand out you can personalise it by painting
  • Put a piece of acrylic or wood underneath the cut-out design. This way the engraving becomes visible when the box.
  • You can replace the words "Happy Birthday" with greetings or dates. This allows you to quickly and easily offer personalised boxes to your customers.


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