Completed catalogue cover with laser engraved pattern

Catalogue cover made from LaserPaper Wood

Step-by-step tutorial

Follow our tutorial to produce a brochure cover made from the material LaserPaper Wood. This tutorial offers a small insight into the numerous applications you can produce using the material.

For more information about laser cutting and laser engraving paper, visit our applications section. 


Preparation

Materials required:

  • 1 sheet of LaserPaper Wood maple
  • Material to cover the engraving table. Regular paper is suitable for this

Laser machine used:

  • Speedy 360, 120 Watt with 2" lens
  • Aluminium cutting grid table or honeycomb table

To create this sample you can use any laser machine from the Speedy laser engraver series.

Important information:

  • For the inner part, use paper with at least 150 g/m² to secure sufficient volume of the finished item
  • Make sure that "Send Beziers and paths to driver" is activated in your laser software. If this is not done then the registration marks will not be recognised by JobControl® Vision.

Step by Step

Step 1: Make design layout

Begin by creating your design and adapt it to your requirements. You can either print your design yourself or use  your preferred printer is you don't have the facility to do so. As this tutorial uses both laser cutting and laser engraving, we put a cross hair in the middle of the print file instead of registration marks. The hair cross will help you to position the job precisely.

Send the graphic for the outer shell to your laser using the below settings:

Print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colours enhanced geometries, inner geometries first

 

 


Step 2: Laser cutting and engraving

Adjust the parameter settings as required. These will vary depending on the laser machine used and its available laser power.

Tip:

Change the order of the colours in JobControl from red to blue so that the material is scratched first and cut second.

Laser parameters:

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
black Engraving CO2 20 50 500
red Engraving CO2 12 1.5 1000
blue Cutting CO2 5 1.5 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on +2.5 mm -
1 on - -
1 on +2 mm -

 

 


Step 3: Post-processing

Take the cover out of your laser and insert the core of the catalogue. Or if you are using a commercial printer, forward the cut-out cover to your printing representative to attach it to the catalogue.


Inspiration

Thanks to the wood grain, coloured prints also look great on this material. The only limit is your imagination.

For inspiration when laser cutting and engraving paper, visit our application page. 


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