This tutorial will show you hoow to create a flower swing in a few simple steps using our solid wood material. 


Preparation

Materials required:

  • 1 sheet solid wood alder, 5mm
  • Covering material such as paper

Solid wood is available to purchase from the Trotec webshop.

Laser machine used:

  • Speedy 360, 80 watts
  • 2" lens
  • aluminium cutting table

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

Tips:

Due to the arrangement and resizing of the design to fit the material, you can cut two flower swings from a 600x300mm plate.


Step by Step

Step 1: Importing the design

Import our graphics and modify them to your requirements. Our file is designed for 5mm thick material. For materials of other thickness, make the required adjustments to the elements. Send the file to your Trotec laser machine with the following settings:

Print settings:

 Process Mode  Resolution  Cut Line:
 Standard Job  333dpi  none
 Halftone  Others
Colour  Enhanced Geometries,
Inner Geometries first

Info:

We used a resolution of 333dpi as we needed less time for laser engraving.


Step 2: Laser cutting and laser engraving solid wood alder

Insert the solid wood plate into your Trotec laser machine and cover the remaining working surface with paper to create vacuum and engrave and cut out the job. For a uniform look, you can also laser engrave the back of the material. To do this, remove the cut shapes and place them back in the same position, back side facing up. Now you can repeat the laser engraving job. Pleae note, the parameters will vary depending on your laser machine and available laser power:

Laser parameters:

Parameters Colour Process Power % Speed %
Laser engraving Black Engrave CO2 70 100
Laser cutting  Red Cutting CO2  100  
ppi/Hz Passes Air Assist Z-offset Advanced
500 1 ON +8mm -
1,000 1 ON 0mm -

Step 3: Assembly

Insert the two parts of the flower swing into one another and then place the circular support plate on it. Hang the flower swing from the ceiling with either silk or cord and include a floral decoration. Your decoration is now complete.


What makes Trotec wood ideal for this application?

Trotec's of wood sheets have been specially selected for laser engraving and laser cutting. Laser processing can create fine engravings and beautiful cuts on the engraving materials, whether solid wood, wood veneer, plywood, TroCraft Eco or on MDF board material.

Depending on the selected laser settings and the wood structure, you can achieve various optical effects by laser engraving on wood - such as deep engraving, a brownish-coloured or even a white engraving result.

Trotec wood sheets offer a range of advantages such as a homogeneous wood structure, high-quality appearance, the natural look and they are size optimised for your Trotec laser machine.


Inspiration

  • Use different woods such as Fullwood or 6mm MDF-Sheets from our material range for this DIY, as these materials are stable and resilient. Be sure to adjust the notches for the connector when selecting MDF.
  • Combine bright and dark solid wood varieties for an effective contrast.
  • For a special look, paint the cut parts on both sides before laser engraving. This will give the design a unique appearance. MDF is the right material choice for this.

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