muffin mold laser cutting

Festive Cupcake/Muffin Cases

Step by step guide

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In this tutorial, we show you how to laser cut and engrave a festive muffin/cupcake case from our hugely popular TroLase Thins material. This DIY project will add the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas table.


Preparation

Required material:

Used Trotec Laser:


Step by Step

Step 1: Design

Feel free to import the template we have provided. Alternatively, you can get your creative juices flowing and create your own unique design. The parcels are defined as engraving areas by the black fill. Snow crystals and border lines must be defined as cutting lines (width: hairline; R: 255; G: 0 B: 0). To make the creation extra special, you can add text to the bottom of the graphic.


Step 2: Bend graphic

You need to ensure that you bend the graphics in Adobe Illustrator with the warping tool. If you are using Corel Draw, use the tool 'Envelope' (Menu: Effects > Envelope > Simple arc > Putty). Hold Ctrl and then drag the lines to the desired arc.


Step 3: Settings

Parameters:

Cutting: power: 300% - speed: 1.5% - frequency: 1000 Hz- air assist: ON 
Engraving: power: 70% - speed: 80% - frequency: 500 ppi - air assist: ON - Z-Offset: 1mm - high quality: ON

A Speedy 300 (80 Watts) was used for this DIY.

In the menu plate setup, select start position 'bottom'. Remove protection foil from the laminate and check the vacuum. Focus the laser and you are ready to start!


Step 4: Tips & Tricks

  • Ensure that you consider the cutting sequence - the cutting lines are considered bottom up in the production process which means you need to place the outline at the top position in Corel Draw object Manager.
  • For an increased vacuum, we recommend covering unused parts of the table with paper.
  • Select the engraving start position as 'bottom'. This prevents deposits from setting on engraved areas which could discolour the product.
  • First clean with a damp cloth then dry, preferably whilst still in the machine.
  • If colour residues are present, check the parameters, focus and check the rest of the laminate on the table.