Laser engraving slate

Weekly planner made of slate

Step by step tutorial

Our slate weekly planner is the perfect solution for keeping track of your tasks. Follow our laser engraving tutorial and make your weekly planning easier.


Preparation

Materials required:

  • 1 slate sheet approx. 38 x 13 cm
  • 1 sheet solid wood oak 600 x 300 mm
  • 1/4 sheet TroLase ADA Signage black, 1 mm with double-sided adhesive tape 
  • 1 package (4 pieces) signage mounting devices (R20-156-FK)
  • Cardboard chalk or chalk markers

Laser engraving machine:

  • Speedy 100
  • 40 Watt
  • 2" lens
  • Honeycomb cutting table for laser cutting wood

For this sample you can use any Speedy laser engraving machine.

Important information:

Use the extra strong adhesive on the TroLase ADA Signage so that the slate board is securely fixed.


Step by Step

Step 1: Slate board

The first step is to either create your own design or import our ready made template. You may need to adapt the graphic to the size of your slate board.

Next send the job to the laser using the driver settings below.

Print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour  -

 

 


Step 2: Laser engraving slate

Create the material parameter settings. These will vary depending on your laser machine and its available power.

Tip:

To avoid wasted material test the parameters on the back of the slate board.

Laser Parameters

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Engraving: black Engrave CO2 60 100 500
Scratching: red Cut CO2 20 2 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - optimised quality
1 on +6 mm -

 

 


Step 3: Storage

For this step you can again create your own design or import our template, again adapting the graphic to the size of the slate sheets.

Send the job to the laser using the driver settings below.

Print settings: 

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour Optimised geometries, inner geometries first

 

 

Tip:

Before laser cutting, measure the thickness of the wooden sheet, adapting the kerf if necessary. Make sure the diameters are large enough to hold your slate.


Step 4: Laser cutting wooden frame

Determine and enter the material parameter settings. As with the slate these will vary depending on your laser machine and its available power.

Laser Cutting Parameters

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
red Cut CO2 95 0.3 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - -

 

 

Info:

In our example we have used the standard parameters in JobControl for solid wood - oak.


Step 5: Back

The bqack can again feature a custom design or our template.

Send the job to the laser using the driver settings below.

Print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Colour Optimised geometries, inner geometries first

 

 


Step 6: Laser cutting back

Determine and enter the material parameter settings, which will vary depending on laser machine and laser power available.

Laser cutting parameters

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
red Cut CO2 90 2 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on - -

 

 

Info:

We used the standard parameters in JobControl for TroLase ADA Signage optimized for quality.


Step 7: Assembly

Position the slate inside the wooden frame. As the wooden frame has to accommodate the size of the slate this stage is important as it prevents the wood being distorted later.

Next glue the back of the TroLase ADA Signage to the slate and wood. Precise accuracy is not essential as our design leaves sufficient "wiggle room" for positioning the back plate.

The final step is to add the signage mounts, and your planner is ready for use.


Inspirations

Using different shapes and designs, you can create personalised planners for customers.

You can also fix the planner directly to the wall negating the need for signage mounting devices. This will save production time as you don't need to create the extra holes.



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