Inspirations for wooden napkin rings

Napkin ring created with technical cutting for bending applications

Here's how to create your own using your Trotec laser

Create a beautiful napkin ring made from wood using a 'kerf cut'. Here's how!


Preparation

You Will Need:

Machine Used:

  • Speedy 360, 120W
  • 1.5" Lens
  • Big & small nozzle
  • Vacuum table with acrylic & honeycomb cutting tables

This project can be created with any machine from the Trotec Speedy series.

Tip:

A 1.5" lens was used to help with the detailed and intricate cuts.


Step by Step

Step 1: Design

Import and adapt the following graphic we have provided so that it suits your requirements. Several cutting techniques for bending applications have already been tested for you. You will be able to find plenty more creative examples of ways you can use bending applications in our Cutting Techniques for Material Flexibility webpage.

Print Settings:

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Vector Job 1000dpi -
Halftone Others
Colour Optimised Geometries, Inner Geometries first

Step 2: Laser Processing - Wood Veneer

Place the honeycomb cutting table inside your Trotec Laser machine and attach the small nozzle to the laser head. Next, place your wood inside the laser. Ensure that the rest of the engraving area is covered with spare material. Remember, the parameters might vary slightly depending on which laser machine you are using and its available laser power. 

Laser Parameters:

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 100 1.2 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 ON 0mm -

Still unsure? We have provided some information about different laser nozzles to help you.

How to choose the right nozzle


Step 3: Send the Graphic

Send the graphic for the TroLase Lights to your Trotec Laser machine using the following printer settings:

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Vector Job 1000dpi -
Halftone Others
- Optimised Geometries, Inner Geometries First

Step 4: Laser Process - TroLase Lights

Remove the honeycomb cutting table from the laser machine and insert the acrylic cutting grid and large nozzle. Next, place the sheet of TroLase Lights into the laser and be sure to cover the remaining work area. 

Laser Parameters:

Colour Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Red Cut CO2 20 1.0 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 ON 0mm -

Tip:

It is extremely important to closely monitor the vacuum at this stage of the project. You need to ensure the flat surface of the TroLase Lights is maintained throughout the laser process. The result will be ruined if there are any bumps or creases. 


Step 5: Cleaning & Assembly

Now clean off the two parts with a slightly dampened cloth. We also recommend cleaning the backs of the wooden rings to avoid dirtying your napkins. 

Once the parts are nice and clean, hold the wooden ring flat. Glue the TroLase Lights halfway on. 

We decided to score and remove half of the adhesive from the back of the material in order to ensure the overhanging part does not stick to the napkin when it is in use. To do this, we simply used a craft knife. Form a neat ring around your napkin and secure it with a circular connector. Your beautiful new creation is now complete!


Inspiration

Experiment with different styles, designs and colours. Try using different kind of veneered wood and different colours of TroLase Lights. A fantastic touch to your kitchen and dining room!

You can even design an entire wedding table spread using your Trotec Laser machine and materials. Be inspired by our other DIY Projects.


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