- Alder wood prefinished (3mm thick)
- key ring
Used Trotec Laser
- Speedy 360
- 80 watts
- 2.0 inch lens
- honeycomb cutting table
Step 1: Graphic
Open the template provided below or create your own design. If you create your own design, make sure that the parts are not too narrow, otherwise the keychain will break easily. Give the keychain more stability by connecting the single letters (see screenshot). On the prefinished wood it's possible to achieve a light surface by engraving with low power and high Z-Offset. Download the laser parameters provided below and try it!
Step 2: Laser Process
You will need a piece of prefinished alder wood with a thickness of about 4 mm. You can also use other types of wood, but please note that the parameters must be adjusted accordingly.
Mount the 2.0 inch lens and place the honeycomb cutting table in the laser machine. Then, put the piece of wood in the laser and, to create a maximum vacuum, cover the surface around the wood with paper or cardboard.
We worked on a Speedy 360 with 80 watts power and used the following parameters:
Cutting: Power: 95% - Speed: 1.8% - Frequency: 1000 Hz - Air Assist: ON
Cutting-in: Power: 10% - Speed: 2% - Frequency: 1000 Hz - Air Assist: ON
Engraving white: Power: 18% - Speed: 60% - Frequency: 500 ppi - Air Assist: ON - Z-Offset: 2.00
Engraving dark: Power: 50% - Speed: 60% - Frequency: 500 ppi - Air Assist: ON - Z-Offset: 2.00
You may use JobControl-files at the bottom of this page to avoid retyping the parameters. More information on importing files in JobControl can be found here.
Step 3: Finishing
After laser operation, it may be necessary to clean the edges with a dry cloth. Then attach a key chain or a ring.