Photoengraved Menu Card

Make your own photoengraved menu card out of Trotec TroLase material.


Preparation

Required material:

  • quarter sheet of 1.6mm pink/white TroLase (available at Trotec)
  • quarter sheet of 0.5mm black/white TroLase Thins with self-adhesive back (available at Trotec)
  • a binding screw
  • paper for content

Machine used:

  • Speedy 360, 80 Watts
  • 1.5" lens
  • vacuum table with acrylic cutting grid table

You can also create this sample using any machine from the Speedy series.

Important:

  • for a detailed engraving of a photo we recommend using the 1.5" lens
  • for a good cutting result we recommend using the acrylic cutting grid table

Step by Step

Step 1: Cover Sheet

You can start by creating your own design, or you can use our template. With the integrated Photo mode, our JobControl Laser Software supports you perfectly when engraving photos. Get more detailed information and tips and tricks for photoengraving here:

Tips & Tricks photo engraving

Send your design to the laser using following settings:

Process Resolution Cut line
Photo optimized 600 dpi none
Halftone Others
Ordered dithering enhanced geometries, inner geometries first

Step 2: Laser process cover sheet

Set the parameters as described below. The laser parameters may vary depending on the type of laser machine you are using and available laser power.

Laser Parameters

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
black engraving CO2 50 80 600
red cutting CO2 6 5 1000
blue cutting CO2 60 1.2 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 1 mm -
1 on - -
1 on - -

Info:

  • Run the engraving from bottom to top so that the dust can be perfectly exhausted. (This minimizes cleaning.)
  • For cutting, we used the JobControl® standard parameter for quality
  • You can download the JobControl® material parameter from www.troteclaser.com

Step 3: Material Handling

Remove the protective foil from the pink TroLase material and put it into your Trotec laser. Run the engraving (black) and the cut jobs (red and blue).


Step 4: Rhombic pattern

As an eye catcher, we combined two different materials for our menu card. Send the second graphic, the rhombic pattern, to your Trotec laser by using the following parameters:

Tip:

  • We use the JobControl® standard parameter optimized for quality.

Print settings

Process mode Resolution Cut line
Standard 600 dpi none
Halftone Others
color -

Step 5: Laser process rhombic pattern

Put your TroLase Thin material in your Trotec-Laser. Remove the protective foil, run the engraving job from bottom to top, and cut the job.

Important:

Because of the size it is important to have very good vacuum. You can increase your vacuum power by covering the rest of your working area with paper.

Laser Parameter

Color Process Power (%) Speed (%) ppi/Hz
black engraving CO2 60 80 600
red cutting CO2 30 1.5 1000
Passes Air Assist Z-Offset Advanced
1 on 1 mm High Quality
1 on - -

Step 6: Post-processing

Clean the surface and the edges of both TroLase-materials with a damp cloth. Take the rhombic pattern and apply it to the photoengraved cover. Finally, add your content to the menu card and clip it with the binding screw. And voilà - be proud of your unique menu card.

Tipp:

You can print the content-sheets of your menu card and cut it with the laser. Our JobControl® Vision laser software then supports you in cutting out the printed sheets with highest precision.


Inspirations

Of course you can also create amazing menu cards out of materials like TroGlass or our Trotec Wood. Here are some samples.



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