DIY laser cut Christmas tree

Laser cut wood Christmas Tree with Acrylic bauble

Create a unique Christmas decoration by laser cutting wood, complete with an acrylic bauble! Get ready for the festive season using our tutorial and download our free graphic file. 


Preparation

Laser cutting materials used:

  • 1 Sheet Solid Wood Walnut
  • 1/4 Sheet TroGlass (TroGlitter available soon)
  • Hook for hanging the bauble

All laser cutting materials are available from our engraving supplies webshop

Laser cutting machine used:

  • Speedy 360
  • 80 Watt
  • 2" Lens
  • Honeycomb cutting table for wood
  • Acrylic cutting grid table for TroGlitter

Any Speedy laser cutting machine is suitable for creating this decoration. 

Tip:

You can experiment using different wood sheets and acrylics, allowing you to create bespoke products for customers. 


Step by Step

Step 1: Design

Begin by creating your own design or use our template. Send the graphic to the laser with the following print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500dpi None
Halftone Others
Colour Optimal geometries, inner geometries first

Tip:

In order for the tree to hold well after laser cutting the base plate, simply measure the thickness of the wooden plate in advance. As a guideline, you can start with a cutting gap of approximately 0.2mm when laser cutting with a 2inch lens.


Step 2: Laser cutting the stand

Now enter the parameter settings. These will vary depending on which machine you use and its available power.

Laser Parameters Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Laser Engraving Black Engrave CO2 50 50 500
Laser Cutting Red Cut CO2 95 0.8 1000
Laser Parameters Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advanced
Laser Engraving 1 On +4mm Down -
Laser Cutting 1 On - - -

Tip:

For more contrast in the engraving, lift the Z-Offset to about +4mm.


Step 3: Bauble

When you are happy with your design, send it to the laser using the following settings.

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500dpi None
Halftone Others
Colour Optimal geometries, inner geometries first

Step 4: Laser process the bauble

Send the parameters for the bauble decoration to your laser machine. As before these settings will differ between laser machines and their available power. 

Laser cutting parameters: 

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 50 0.2 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advanced
1 On 0 - -

Step 5: Constructing the tree

Place the tree in the base plate, and hang the bauble with the hook from the tree branch. Your decoration is now ready for display! 


What makes Trotec materials perfect for this application?

The engravable wood range from Trotec is specifically developed for laser cutting and engraving. Both the solid wood or real wood veneer panels, as well as our plywood and MDF materials, allow for fine engraving and a beautiful cut with the laser.

Coming soon: Our TroGlitter range of acrylics offer exciting, glittering surfaces, allowing you to create eye-catching products.


Inspiration

The possibilities are almost unlimited with this sample, try using different materials and materials for the tree and baubel. 



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