engraved paper ornament

Lasercut and Engraved
Cardboard Chair

Step by step guide

This tutorial shows you how to engrave and laser cut cardboard to make a useable chair.


Preparation

Required material

  • 2 pieces of
    2mm corrugated cardboard

Trotec laser used

  • Speedy 300
  • 30 watts
  • 1.5 inch lens

Step by Step

Step 1: Preparation

Use the vacuum table with the honeycomb tabletop for cutting and engraving the cardboard.


Step 2: Engraved Front of First Piece of Cardboard

Print the first page of the PDF document (the engraving layout) to the laser, sizing it to 24 in x 12 in. Adjust the laser pointer to the job and engrave it.

Laser Settings

Front of the first cardboard
Engraving: Power: 40% - Speed: 100% - Frequency: 500 ppi - Z-Offset: 6mm - Air Assist: OFF


Step 3: Back of First Piece of Cardboard

After the engraving part, turn around the cardboard horizontally and cut the cardboard (cutting file on the second page of the PDF document).

Laser Settings

Back of the first cardboard
Cutting-in: Power: 10% - Speed: 1% - Frequency: 1000 Hz - Air Assist: ON
Cutting: Power: 20% - Speed: 1% - Frequency: 1000 Hz - Air Assist: ON


Step 4: Second Piece of Cardboard

Now place the second cardboard sheet for cutting in the laser. These are on the third page of the PDF document.

Laser Settings

Second cardboard
Cutting: Power: 20% - Speed: 1% - Frequency: 1000 Hz - Air Assist: ON


Step 5: Assembly

For the assembly have a look at the installation instructions


Step 6: Use

Use the vacuum table with the honeycumb tabletop for cutting and engraving the cardboard. You have to engrave the front of the cardboard and cut it on the back. That's why you have to turn it around after engraving and cut it on the other side.


Tips

Use the vacuum table with the honeycomb tabletop for cutting and engraving the cardboard. You have to engrave the front of the cardboard and cut it on the back. That's why you have to flip it after engraving and cut it on the other side. More on how to laser cut cardboard and other materials.