- TroGlass Pastel 3mm (for the bodies of the elephants) each 1/4 plate in mint, yellow, orange, lilac, pink, light blue
- TroGlass Satins 3mm (for the ears, hearts and for the tire for the suspension) each 1/4 plate in lime green, yellow, orange, violet, fuchsia, blue
- Cotton thread or silk
TroGlass acrylic is available to order from our engraving supplies webshop.
Laser cutting machine used
- Speedy 360, 80 watts
- 2" lens
- Nozzle with large opening
- Air assist low
- Acrylic cutting grid table
Other machines of the Speedy laser engraver series can be used to create the mobile.
This tutorial is an excellent way to experiment with combining different colours to create a striking mobile.
Step 1: Create your own design or use our template
Make sure that the cutting gap corresponds to the thickness of the material so that the individual parts can then be inserted into each other.
Laser cutting according to our template:
- 1x suspension ring large
- 1x suspension eyelet small
- 8x elephant (in different colours)
- 8x ears (with desired motives in different colours)
- Heart large (in desired number and colour)
- Heart small (in desired number and colour)
Use the desired colour combinations to create the print jobs for the respective acrylic plates.
Now send the corresponding job to the laser using the settings below.
|Process mode||Resolution||Cut line|
|Colour||optimised geometries |
inner geometries first
Step 2: Laser Cutting TroGlass
The next step is to create the parameter settings. These parameter settings apply to both TroGlass Pastel (3mm) and TroGlass Satins (3mm). Please note that our suggested parameters may vary depending on the laser machine used and the available laser power.
Leave the protective film on both the top and bottom of the acrylic sheets. Place the material on the acrylic grid cutting table in the laser cutting machine. Cover the remaining surface to create the best possible vacuum using a suitable material. Perform the laser process for each acrylic sheet accordingly.
|Colour||Process||Power (%)||Speed (%)||ppi/Hz|
|Blue||Cut CO2||10||1||1000 Hz|
|Red||Cut CO2||50||0.2||5000 Hz|
Step 3: Assemble the elephants
Once the laser cutting process has been completed, remove the parts from the laser machine. Peel off the protective foil from the top and bottom of the individual design parts.
Prepare all cut out parts.
Put the ears together with the respective part of the torso.
Combine the colours as you wish to create a striking effect.
Step 4: Attaching the thread
Now thread a thread through the hole at the head of the elephant.
Then feed the same thread from the other side through the hole in the fuselage.
The resulting crosshairs fix the ears to the elephant's trunk.
Knot the thread above the ears.
Follow these steps for all elephant models.
Step 5: Assembly
Now thread two threads of the desired length for the suspension into the opposite, larger holes on the ring. Make sure to also pull the thread through the small oval ring for the suspension.
Hold the tire by the suspension and adjust the length of the threads so that the ring hangs horizontally. Knot the ends.
Finally, hang all elephants and hearts in the desired arrangement in the holes provided on the ring.
TroGlass Pastel is the newest addition to the Trotec range of engravable materials for laser cutting and laser engraving. These new acrylic sheets make your applications pop with vibrant colours and feature all the benefits of cast acrylics. TroGlass Pastel features one gloss and one matt side, broadening the range of creative applications possible with the material. Available in standard sheet size (1216x606 mm), all TroGlass pastel sheets are 3mm thick.
Make each elephant individual and combine different colours!
This tutorial also works well with other materials, including woods. When using different materials, pay attention to the material thickness and adjust the cutting gap in the graphic accordingly if necessary.
Please note: this mobile is not a toy, it is only suitable for decoration purposes! Install the mobile out of reach of small children!