Monday, February 29, 2016

Laser-cut acrylic jewelry

Design your own jewelry, then use your laser to bring your design to life!

Let your imagination run wild and create your individual acrylic jewelry. Practically any design, can be processed with a laser.

Today, we're sharing these lovely files for you to make your own jewelry... All you need is a CO2 laser and acrylic!

Required Materials:
3 mm acrylic

Suitable Machines:
All Rayjet Lasers 30W and above
All CO2 Speedy Lasers

Used Trotec Laser:
We made the pictured earrings and necklace using the Speedy 300 with a 60W CO2 laser and a 2.0 inch lens.

Dark colored or radiant acrylics look very elegant
We used plexiglas/acrylite made by Evonik
Use a 2.0" lens for a perfect cut

Step 1:
Create your own design or download and use the template we've already made for you. Send it to the laser with the recommended laser parameters. The parameters might vary depending on the machine used and the available laser power.

Used cutting parameters: We used 100% power, Speed 1.0%, Frequency 5,000 Hz, and Air Assist ON.

Trotec's air assist helps direct derbies away from the material, lens, and promotes air flow. It will help prevent flair-up and improve cut quality.

Step 2:
If you would like to make a jewelry stand you can now process the template we provided you, or make your own! Keep in mind, the stand has to be high enough to carry a necklace and have a stable pillar.

Used engraving parameters: We used 20% power, Speed 50%, 500 ppi, and Air Assist ON.

Used cutting parameters: We used 100% power, Speed .5%, Frequency 1,000 Hz, and Air Assist ON.

Step 3:
Use eyelets and hooks to attach the pieces on a necklace. There are special hooks for the earrings. You can find such materials at hobby and craft stores or online at websites like Amazon.


Share Your Work:
We love seeing what our customers create. Share your work on platforms like Instagram and Twitter with #TrotecJewelry we just may give you a shutout for a job well done!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Benefits of Lasers for Industrial Applications

Laser Marking: A Better Way

Looking to generate data plates, industrial tags and markable labels?
If you're like most of our industrial customers, you want to lower production and maintenance costs, reduce turnaround times, streamline processes and increase throughput.
Industrial facilities use a variety of methods to generate data plates, industrial tags, and markable labels, including:
  • Thermo-Transfer Printing
  • Inkjet Systems
  • Laser-Printed Labels
  • Embossing
  • Mechanical Stamping
  • Dot Peen
  • Etching
  • Chemical Etching
  • Pad Printing
  • Mechanical Engraving
If you are using any of the methods above, you may be missing a valuable opportunity to improve efficient workflow and reliable delivery, quality of mark, and lower costs per marking.
Laser marking offers all these benefits and more, including:
Durable Mark
Laser marking is abrasion, heat and acid resistant, which is a major requirement for data plates and industrial tags. Depending on the laser parameters, it is possible to mark certain metals (e.g. stainless steels) without leaving tangible depressions on the surface (annealing).
Flexible - Variable Data
Need to process variable data? The laser is the perfect tool to mark with either just-in-time online data or with data imported from any external system (such as office programs, files, SAP, databases, etc.).
Economic Production
Since there are no setup costs, as for example with pad printing, the costs per mark are always the same, whether you need one piece or 1000. You can work with different shapes or sizes at the same time. Laser engraving does not incur any costs for consumables such as ink, chemicals, pastes, or sprays (and therefore no disposal costs either). Lasers also save time and money by eliminating the costs and time required for fixturing that is necessary with all types of contact marking. Energy consumption is low and setup time is reduced to a minimum.
A Precise Tool for All Materials, Sizes, & Shapes
The laser beam is the most complete tool for metals and many kinds of plastics. All used material can be marked directly and precisely with the laser without any additional setup or chemical additives such as sprays. Even 1-point lettering (needed for very small plates) and fine lines like technical drawings are clearly legible.
Easy Handling
It is a good idea to use a system with a software package that fits perfectly to the machines and are compatible with all graphics, CAD, label printing, and similar programs. This eliminates the need to learn a completely new software program– the whole job setup can be done in the laser software after preparing it in the daily used program.
Environmentally Friendly
Laser technology does not require any chemicals such as inks, acids, or solvents. Therefore there is no need for costly disposal and you're not restricted by any legal environment restrictions.
Lowest Wear and Tear
Due to the contact-less process and a limited number of moving parts, wear and tear can be kept to a minimum. This also saves money, and reduces downtime associated with maintenance.