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Retro Inspired Ice Cream Sign

A step-by-step guide as to how to make this retro inspired sign

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This cute and colourful sign was inspired by the diners of the 1950's. Using a mixture of modern materials such as acrylics, veneer wood and anodised aluminium, it's hard not to create a jawdropping sign.


Preparation

Used material:

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Machine used:

  • Speedy 360
  • 80 watts
  • 2" lens
  • white acrylic cutting grid for TroGlass and TroLase
  • Aluminum Cutting Grid Table or Honeycomb for wood

This sample can be produced with any machine of the Speedy laser engraver series.


Step by Step

Step 1: Import graphic file

Now you can import our provided template. Remember that you can always change it as you see fit or as needed. Send the individual graphics of each material to the laser using the driver settings below.

Print settings

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500dpi none
Halftone Others
Color Optimized Geometries,
inner geometries first

Step 2: Laser process acrylic

Another thing to keep in mind is that the laser parameters could vary depending on the type of laser machine and available laser power.

Tip: Change the colour order in the material database that the blue creasing line is cut before the red cutline.

Laser Parameters:

Process Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Engraving black engrave CO2 16 20 500
Cutting blue cut CO2 7 1 1000
Cutting red cut CO2 50 0.2 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advance
1 ON - bottom up -
1 ON - - -
1 ON - - -

Step 3: TroLase

Next, import our provided template and change it as needed. Send the job to the laser using the driver settings below.

Print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 500dpi none
Halftone Others
Color Optimized Geometries,
inner geometries first

Step 4: Laser process TroLase

The laser parameters may vary depending on the type of laser machine and available laser power.

Laser Parameters:

Process Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Engraving black engrave CO2 60 80 500
Cutting red cut CO2 60 1 5000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advanced
1 ON +1mm bottom up -
1 ON - - -

Step 5: Wood

Import our template and adapt it to your requirements. Send the job to the laser using the driver settings below.

Print settings:

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Photo optimized 500dpi none
Halftone Others
Ordered Dithering Optimized geometries

Step 6: Laser process wood

The laser parameters may vary depending on the type of laser machine and available laser power.

Laser Parameters:

Process Color Process  Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
Engraving black engrave CO2 55 50 500
Cutting red cut CO2 100 1 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Direction Advanced
1 ON +2mm top down -
1 ON - - -

Step 7: Assembly

Start the assembly by removing the protective film from the aluminum sheet and start with gluing the pink and red acrylic pieces to the top and bottom edge of the aluminum sheet. Next, add the wood ice cream cone. Once those pieces are in place, you can position the TroLase on top of the TroGlass pieces above the cone. Lastly, glue the "Ice Cream" lettering to the marked place on the pink acrylic - and just like that, your retro inspired "Ice Cream" sign is complete!


Why should I use Trotec materials?

This vintage sign clearly shows the variety of Trotec materials. Benefit from our laser and engraving materials, which our experts have already tested and selected for you.

Inspiration

Use different colors or make a series with different motives in the same style. The are no limits to your creativity.


Check out the Trotec Speedy laser engraver series