paper house model laser cutting

Christmas Village

Step by step guide

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Your table is certainly going to be one of the most popular gathering places through the holiday season. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to create your very own Christmas village, and use it to brighten your table this year.


Preparation

Required material:

Paper 160gr in
- white
- green
- black

Glue

Trotec laser used: 

  • Speedy 360
  • 80 watts
  • 1.5 inch lens

Step by Step

Step 1: Your graphics

Import the “Christmas Village” file consisting of 6 tabs into a graphics software of your choice. Each tab will contain the different elements of your village, including houses, roofs, and trees. We designated white for houses, black for roofs, and green for trees, however, you can coordinate these hues to the style and colors of your table.


Step 2: Parameters

We have used a Speedy 360 (80 W) for cutting 160-g paper. Place the paper into the machine, then use the following laser parameters:

Laser Settings

Kiss-cut: Power: 9% - Speed: 2% - Frequenzy: 1000 Hz -
Air Assist: ON - Z-Offset : 1.5
Cutting 1: Power: 9% - Speed: 2% - Frequency: 1000 Hz -
Air Assist: ON
Cutting 2: Power: 20% - Speed: 2% - Frequency: 1000 Hz -
Air Assist: ON


Step 3: Assembling the pieces

Once the paper has finished processing, remove the pieces from the laser bed, and assemble. To build the houses, start by folding and gluing the walls, and then add the roof. Connect the two pieces to form your trees.


Step 4: Tips & Tricks

  • We used the ultrasonic technology of the Speedy 360 for optimal and precise focusing
  • Use a black background to make the village shine
  • Place small LED candles inside the houses to make them glow
  • Spray artificial snow onto the rooftops once the village buildings to create a sense of magic