Typically all materials suitable for laser cutting can be used as templates. TroLase is a particularly cost-effective option due to its stability, ease of processing and the availability of colours and thicknesses.
When creating a template pay attention to the thickness of the parts to be engraved. Flat materials are suitable for workpieces such as aluminium tags as you can quickly and easily remove the parts when they have been laser engraved. Thicker workpieces such as pens require thicker materials for templates so that the workpieces don't slip during laser engraving.
Thanks to the base, loaded templates can be easily moved from the work table into your laser machine. Therefore the base should be made from a solid material. When assembling your template make sure that the base aligns with the template prior to gluing.
Tip:For templates it is helpful to add an additional semicircle cut out for each workpiece as this makes them easier to remove when you have finished laser engraving.
In general, we recommend using the smallest possible lens (1.5" or 2") in order to keep the cutting gap as small as possible.
- If you have lots of different templates you can engrave the graphics file name onto them for easy identification.
- Mark the corner of the unit of the template in the zero point for quick and easy insertion.
- For small templates it can be useful to file them a folder. Simply laser holes into your template and you can then keep them safely in a folder.
- When sending future laser engraving jobs to the laser, always send the entire graphic including the outer contour of the template. Prior to engraving your workpieces, set the colour "red" to "positioning" in the parameters of the material database. This allows you to easily check whether the template is properly positioned in the machine.
- To quickly and reliably determine the desired position for laser processing read our tips and tricks for positioning aids.