Paper laser cutting tutorial: Gift tags

Tutorial using Trotec materials and the new Ruby laser software

Use your laser engraving machine with our new Ruby laser software to create personalised gift tags made from LaserPaper.


Preparations

Materials required:

  • LaserPaper dark blue, 270 g/m² (Product code 132544)

LaserPaper is available in a range of colours allowing you to personalise your tags to suit the occasion! Discover the range on our engraving supplies webshop. 

Laser engraving machine used:

  • Speedy 360, 80 watts
  • 2" lens
  • Nozzle with small hole diameter
  • Vacuum table with honeycomb table support

Any Speedy laser engraving machine can be used to create these tags, simply adjust the parameter settings according to your machine.

Downloads:

Graphic file


Step by Step

Step 1: Create the Design

In Ruby laser software you can quickly and easily create graphic shapes and texts. Feel free to use our free graphic for the gift tag as a supplement.

Tips for creating graphics in Ruby are available here - Create graphic & common line cutting.

Start Ruby and open a new worksheet in the "design" section.

Create shapes: Select the colour red and the shape tool "Rectangle" and hold down the "Ctrl" key while drawing a square on the workspace with a size of 50x50 mm.

Then select the "Ellipse" shape tool. Hold down the "Ctrl" key to create a small circle with a diameter of about 5 mm. The circle will be positioned at the top left of the square - each with about 4 mm distance to the edge.

Add text: To add a text select "add text" in the toolbar and write the desired name in the colour black in the text field. Rotate the text field by - 45°.


Step 2: Import and duplicate graphic

Import graphic: Next, upload your prepared graphic. 

Now you can send your design to the "prepare" section to prepare it for laser processing.

Integrate graphic: In the "prepare" work area, you can integrate the graphic into your design. Arrange the uploaded graphic so that the garland is positioned in the upper left area of the square.

Duplicate and arrange the graphic: Copy the design so that you have the required number. Make sure that the individual squares are lined up directly next to each other, as this allows you to use the "skip overlapping cut lines" function to cut even faster and more efficiently.

Add names/personalise the graphics: Once all the little cards are created, you can add the corresponding names and personalise your products with them.

Position the print job: Place the file on the editing area. The laser pointer is used for orientation.


Step 3: Prepare for laser processing

Parameter settings, material effects: Now select the appropriate parameter for your material from the database.

Tip: You can also add your own materials to the database: see "Material Effects Ruby".

For the LasperPaper dark blue we used the following parameter settings:

Laser parameters:

  Laser Engraving Laser Cutting
Colour Black Red
Process Engraving CO2 Cutting CO2
Power % 65 15
Speed % 100 1,5
ppi/Hz 500 1.000
Inflation On On
Z-Offset - -
Passes 1 1
Correction 10 10
Direction Down -
Rasterisation Ordered -
Process type Standard -
Advanced Optimised quality -

 

 


Step 4: Begin laser processing

Start laser processing: Send the print job to the laser using the "Queue" button. Switch to the "Queue" tab to execute the laser process by clicking on "Start".


Step 5: Cleaning

Once laser processing is finished remove all cut cards from the laser machine. If required carefully clean the LaserPaper with a soft cloth.


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