Laser engraving for wedding decoration

Laser engraved photo frame

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In today's DIY guide, we'll show you how to laser engrave a personalised design on a wooden picture frame.


Preparation

Required material:

  • 1 picture frame, solid wood

Machine used:

Tip:

Take your design to the next level by customising the design even further to suit your customer's needs.


Step by Step

Step 1: Import design

Make use of our provided graphics file as a template to create your own individual design. Upload the graphics to the laser using the driver settings below:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
Halftone Others
Color -

Step 2: Laser engraving the photo frame

Place the picture frame on the bed of your Trotec laser machine. Because this is a bulky object, make sure the areas to be engraved are flat for the engraving, as you will be engraving both the wooden frame and glass in one pass (note you will also need to position a distance holder due to the leg on the back of the frame). Focus on the glass.

Because we're engraving materials with height differences you must calculate the z-Offset. In our case we put an offset value of +7 mm as the height difference between the two materials is 7 mm. Please note the parameters can vary depending the machine you are using and available laser power.

Laser Parameters Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Dark engraving (wood) Black Engrave CO2 35 50 500
Light engraving (wood) Red Engrave CO2 10 50 500
Engraving (glass) Blue Engrave CO2 40 50 500
Laser Parameters Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
Dark engraving (wood) 1 On +7 mm High Quality
Light engraving (wood) 1 On +7 mm High Quality
Engraving (glass) 1 On - -

Tip:

You can use leftovers of acrylic or MDF for the distance holders. Cut them in circles or cross-shapes.


Step 3: Cleaning

Clean the picture frames by wiping it down with a damp cloth. This will help to remove excess residue from the engraving process. Your picture frame is now ready for display!


Inspiration

Why not create a collection of different frames for weddings? You can create a keepsake frame for the wedding menu, seating plan or simply use as a wedding gift.



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