laser cutting christmas wreath acrylic

Advent wreath made of acrylic and MDF

Use acrylic and MDF to make this modern advent wreath. (To browse full materials range, please visit www.trotec-materials.com)


Preparation

Required material:

  • 3 half sheets (606 x 606 mm) of TroGlass or acrylic of any color and thickness
    (available at trotec)
  • 1 sheet (1220 x 600 mm) of MDF of any thickness (available at trotec)
  • Acrylic and superglue
  • Candles and decoration

Machine used:

  • Speedy 400 flexx
  • 80 Watt with 2" lens

You can use any machine from our SP series for this sample. If you want to use a Speedy 360 or Speedy 300, please adapt the cutting files accordingly. The sheets should have a height of minimum 345 mm.

Important:

  • To cut the MDF, please use the aluminum cutting grid table
  • For cutting the acrylic, we recommend using the acyclic grid cutting table to prevent reflections of the laser beam on the back of the material

Step by Step

Step 1: Import /create design template

First, import our design template into your graphic program or make your own design. We created a design that allows you to produce two advent wreaths in one cutting step. This not only saves time, but also material. Send your design to the laser using the recommended settings.

Important:

Please cut all 5 files out of the acrylic. (They differ by the position of the circles for assembly.) This ensures that the single elements do not sit exactly above the other, but they are slightly turned. Page 6 of the file is for the MDF.

 Print settings

process mode resolution cut line
Standard 500 dpi none
halftone others
color enhanced geometries
inner geometries first

Step 2: Laser process

Position the MDF into the laser and cut it out. Then put the first acrylic sheet into your laser and cover the rest of the table to maximize the exhaust power. Remove the protective foil after the laser process.

Laser Parameters Acrylic 3 mm

colour process power (%) speed (%) ppi/HZ
red cutting CO2 100 0.9 1000
passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 0 -

Laser Parameters MDF

colour process power (%) speed (%) ppi/HZ
red cutting CO2 100 0.5 1000
passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 0 -

Info:

  • We used the standard laser parameters from JobControl®, which are optimized for quality
  • To download material parameters used in JobControl®, go to www.troteclaser.com

Step 3: Post-processing

To assemble the advent wreath, position the single elements in any order. The small circles are positioning guides and take the pins of the candle holders. If you wish, you may fix the different elements using acrylic or super glue. We instead elected to fix the pieces with the silver band and the candle holders.

Now let your creativity flow and decorate the advent wreath with any items you like.


Inspirations

  • You can refine the upper ring by adding engravings.