Laser cutting moving windmill

Moving wind turbine

made from Trotec materials TroGlass and TroCraft Eco

TroCraft Eco and TroGlass are excellent Trotec materials for model making. Build this wind turbine, complete with moving blades, by using just a few small parts and the following instructions.


Preparation

Machines Used:

You can also create this application using any other machine in the Speedy laser engraving series.

Tip:

  • Throw your own spin on this application by trying out different Trotec materials and colors.

Step by Step

Step 1: Design

Bring in the graphics and adjust the file to suit your needs. Use the following print settings to send the graphic file to the laser:

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Vector Job 1000dpi none
Halftone Others
Color Enhanced Geometries, Inner Geometries first

 

 


Step 2: Laser Process the TroCraft Eco (1mm)

Place the thin TroCraft Eco on the honeycomb cutting table in your machine and mask the rest of the working surface to build a stronger vacuum. Depending on the machine used and laser power available, parameters may vary.

Color Process Power output % Speed % ppi/Hz
Red CO2 cutting 66 2 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z offset Advanced
1 On 0mm -

Tip:

Use a small nozzel when working with TroCraft Eco for a clean cut quality.


Step 3: Print the Wind Turbine to the Laser

Use the following settings to send the turbine column graphics to your laser machine:

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Standard Job 333dpi None
Halftone Others
Color Enhanced Geometries

Step 4: Laser Process TroCraft Eco (3mm)

Place the 3mm thick TroCraft Eco on the honeycomb cutting table in your laser, and cover the rest of the working area again. Use the following settings to send the file to the laser. The laser parameters may change depending on the machine used and the available laser power.

Laser parameters: Engraving

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Black Engrave CO2 15 50 500
Passes Air Assist Z offset Advanced
1 on 0mm High Quality

Laser parameters: Cutting

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Red CO2 cutting 100 0.8 1,000
Passes Air Assist Z-offset Advanced
1 On 0mm -

 

 


Step 5: Print the Stand to the Laser

Use these settings to send the TroGlass stand graphics to your Trotec Laser:

Process Mode Resolution Cut Line
Standard Job 500dpi None
Halftone Others
Color Enhanced Geometries, Inner Geometries first

Step 6: Laser process the TroGlass Black Satins

Swap out the honeycomb cutting table for your acrylic cutting table and place the TroGlass material in your Trotec Laser.

Laser parameters: Engraving

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Black Engrave CO2 20 50 500
Passes Air Assist Z offset Advanced
1 On 0.5mm High Quality

Laser parameters: Scratching

Color Process Power % Speed % ppi/Hz
Red CO2 cutting 50 0.4 5,000
Passes Air Assist Z offset Advanced
1 On 0mm -

Tip:

The large nozzel the best choice for working with TroGlass material.


Step 7: Assembly

Lay out all 4 parts.

Stick the wind turbine pillar into the base, and then hang the blade component on the nose and fix it with the small circle of TroGlass.

Press it just tight enough so that the wind turbine can turn.

The Trotec material made mobile wind turbine is ready.


Inspiration

  • You can also create a modern, three-bladed wind turbine as an alternative to this "Don Quijote" style.
  • Make it your own by using other TroGlass colors.
  • Glue the fastening loop from the TroGlass for a more secure structure.


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