laser speedy puzzle

Laser cut, digitally printed puzzle

Step-by-step guide

Create a stylish puzzle using our brand new Digital Print Series material, the perfect material for combining print, laser cutting and laser engraving. For more information on laser technology and its benefits within the industry, visit our digital printing application page


Preparation

Materials required:

  • 1/2 sheet Digital Print Series, matt brushed Aluminum/Black 1.6 mm
  • 1/2 sheet TroLase ADA Signage Polar White 1.6 mm
  • Photo Frame 30 x 40 mm
  • A suitable material to cover the working table, such as paper

Laser machine used:

  • Speedy 400, 120 Watt
  • 2" lens
  • vacuum table
  • acrylic laser cutting grid

Any Speedy laser engraver can be used to produce this sample.

Tips:

We used a free software to create the puzzle pieces. These can be found online.


Step by Step

Step 1: Create print and laser design

Begin by downloading our graphic or create your own design for the puzzle. Discover useful tips and tricks for creating how to create graphics for Digital Print Series.

Then you can send the puzzle engrave-and-cut file to your laser machine.

Print settings

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 600 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour Optimised geometries, inner geometries first

 

 


Step 2: Laser processing the puzzle

We used the TroLase quality parameters from JobControl® for the laser engraving settings. Due to the complex geometries of the puzzle pieces, we have adapted the laser cutting parameters. Please note that these will vary depending on the laser machine used and its available laser power.

Next put the printed sheet of Digital Print Series on the acrylic laser cutting grid of your laser machine. Begin laser cutting and laser engraving your design.

Laser Parameters

Colour Process  Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Black Engrave CO2 40 100 600
Red Cut CO2 32 0.8 5000
Blue Cut CO2 60 1.62 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on +1.5 mm High Quality 
1 on - -
1 on - -

 

 

Tips:

Engrave from bottom to top as this prevents dust from collecting in the engraved areas.
Take a sheet of paper and put it underneath the cut puzzle so that you can easily remove all components from the laser bed once processing is finished.


Step 3: Graphic base plate

The base plate is important for displaying the puzzle in a frame. Use the below settings to send the graphic to the laser.

Print settings

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 1000 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour -

 

 


Step 4: Laser process base plate

Place the TroLase ADA Signage onto the arylic laser cutting bed and begin processing.

Laser Parameters

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
red Cut CO2 65 2 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - -

Tips:

We used the speed laser parameters for TroLase ADA Signage in JobControl®.


Step 5: Cleaning and assembly

Once you have completed the laser engraving, clean the puzzle with a damp cloth.

Tip:

Leaving the material on the laser machine bed with the vacuum activated post-processing ensures that the parts stay in position during cleaning.


Inspiration

  • Make a bigger base plate and use signage mounting devices to mount the puzzle on the wall. You could put double-sided adhesive tape on the printed plate prior to laser cutting which allows you to attach it the the baseplate.
  • Print general pictures such as sunsets, sandy beaches and flowers to keep on stock and then laser engrave them afterward for individual customer requirements.
  • There are many uses for laser processing within the digital printing industry, find out more on our dedicated application page

Downloads

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