Wooden-christmas-card

Laser cut and engraved
Christmas card

Step by step guide

Send this year's Christmas greetings in style with a laser cut Christmas card made of card, felt and wood veneer. Don't have any felt? That's fine! You can design the card with just wood and cardboard if you want. You can even use the wooden cut-outs as Christmas decorations.


Preparation

Required material:

  • 1.2mm wood veneer
  • 3mm green polyester felt
  • coloured card

Trotec Laser Used:

  • Speedy 300, 80 Watts or SpeedMarker CL, 200 Watts
  • 1.5 inch lens

Tips:

  • We recommend applying thin, pvc-free double-sided tape to the back of the veneer and cutting the wood and tape at the same time to make assembly of the card easier.

Step by Step

Step 1: Cutting and engraving wood

With the Speedy 300:

Open the file and send it to the laser. Put the chosen veneer into the machine and select the parameters. The appropriate parameters depend on the machine used and the laser power. If nothing else is mentioned, all steps are performed in one pass.

Engraving: Power 70%, speed 50%, frequency 500 Hz, air assist on, z-offset 0
Cutting: Power 65%, speed 2%, frequency 500 Hz, air assist on, z-offset 0

Alternative: using the SpeedMarker CL:

Import the file (download) to SpeedMark and start the laser job.

  • Engraving: Power 40%, speed 1500 mm/s, frequency 10 000 Hz, filling 0.2mm
  • Cutting: Power 100%, speed 300mm/s frequency 5 000 Hz

Step 2: Cutting felt

You can perform the felt cutting in one pass (e.g. using a Speedy 300 with 28% performance). You must be aware that the edges may be slightly melted if cutting in one pass.

With the Speedy 300:

Like wood engraving, open the file (download) and send it to the laser. Choose your felt and put it into the machine.

Cutting: Performance 12%, speed 2%, frequency 1000 Hz, air assist on, z-offset 0.3 passes

Alternative: with the SpeedMarker CL:

Import the file to SpeedMark and start the laser job.

Cutting: Power 30%, speed 1000 mm/s, frequency 10 000 Hz, 2 passes


Step 3: Assembly

Assembling your card is simple. Stick the veneer to the card then fix the felt with glue into the parts of the veneer which are cut. Now find someone to send your card to!