Friday, June 20, 2014

President Obama Uses Trotec Speedy 300

Obama Tours TechShop
On June 17, 2014, President Obama visited Pittsburgh to highlight creative ways to boost manufacturing and to promote his program that helps provide entrepreneurs access to more than $5 billion in advanced manufacturing equipment. During his visit, he took a tour of Pittsburgh's TechShop to see first hand how entrepreneurs are utilizing manufacturing "maker spaces" such as TechShop. President Obama saw several demonstrations, including one on a 3D printer and a Trotec Speedy 300 laser system.

"We need to encourage more and more entrepreneurs and inventors to not just take root here, but have access to equipment and technology," President Obama said.

Speedy 300 Demonstration 
James Gyre of Naked Geometry demonstrated the laser process, creating a wood ornament entitled “Prayer for Peace” on a Trotec Speedy 300 laser. “It's a mandala of abundance, life and earth. It contains the numbers 12 (for plant life) and phi (for human life) and the infinity symbol.” explains Gyre. The fine detail of the design and intricacy of the cuts, showcased the Speedy 300's speed, precision, and intelligent engineering. After the laser processing was completed, Mr. Obama held it up and declared with a smile,  “This is pretty”. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Join Trotec at The NBM Show Indy 2014!

Join Trotec Laser at The NBM Show Indy, a premier trade show featuring the latest in sign making, digital printing, sublimation, apparel decorating, awards & engraving, personalization, promotional products, and much more.

Basic Info: 
Location: Indiana Convention Center 
Dates: June 12 - June 14, 2014
Booth: 401

Show Hours: 
Thursday  10 AM - 5 PM
Friday  10 AM - 5 PM

Saturday  10 AM - 4 PM

See Trotec Laser Systems in Action:
Speedy 400
Speedy 300 Flexx
Rayjet 300

Rayjet 50
ProMarker 300 

Classroom Education:
Topic: Lasers: Learn, Leverage, Lead - Plus Deep Dive with Acrylic Cutting
Date: Thursday, June 12, 2014
Time: 11 AM - 12:30 PM 
Takeaway: Learn tips and tricks to get the most out of your laser, including a deeper understanding of the fundamentals that will help make your profits soar. The last half hour will be dedicated to acrylic cutting applications on your laser.

great deals laser engraving machine ARA trade show 2013Hot Show Deals:
Stop by Trotec booth 401 to see our lasers in action, meet the Trotec team, & take advantage of exclusive show deals! Mention this post to get a *free cutting table w/the purchase of & deposit on a Speedy 300.

*Purchase and $1,000 deposit must be made on 12-Jun-14, 13-Jun-14, or 14-Jun-14 at The NBM Show Indianapolis to be eligible for promotion.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Kickstarting Your Laser Series: Etchpop's Kickstart to Success!

Crowdfunding your ideas and projects is becoming more popular with the rise of sites  such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo.  This series of posts will feature campaigns that have used Trotec lasers in some incredibly successful projects.

Chester Lindgrin and Marshal Tipton wanted to modernize the process of woodblock printing, so they came up with an idea to create custom woodblocks with customer’s artwork with a laser. “We took wood blocks and used the laser to engrave the blocks to do the printing.  We set up a business where you can go to the website and upload your design.  We then engrave the wood block and send it back to you for you to print with.  This bypassed the hand carving step and used modern technology to do this type of printing.” says Chester. 
In 2012, they started their Kickstarter campaign to help fund their laser and startup. “The Trotec engraves waaaay faster than everyone else’s.  I had heard about them and am a tool snob, and knew that they were on the higher end.  I went to an NBM show and saw the engraving speeds of the Trotec laser and I was sold.” 

Their Kickstarter campaign was successful, more than doubling their original goal.  This also allowed them to create MC LaserLabs. “Our whole plan was to become a laser shop, but used the Kickstarter as a jumping off point.”

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Table Top: Make Your Own Laser Cut Napkin Rings and Flower Cutlery Bags!

Get in the mood for spring by decorating your table with laser cut butterfly napkin rings and flower cutlery bags! With these cheery table top decorations the spring mood will stay in your home... Even during rainy days!

Materials Needed:
4mm polyester felt in two colors

Machines possible:
Speedy 100, Speedy 300, Speedy 400, Speedy 500

Machine used:
Speedy 400, 40 watts

Step 1
Open the file "Spring" in your favorite graphics program and send it to the laser. Laser parameters may vary depending on the machine used and the laser power available... The seetings below are for a 40W Trotec laser system. 

Black Lines (engraving)
Power: 60 %, Speed: 50 %, Resolution: 500 dpi, air assist on 

Red Lines (cutting):
Power: 60 %, Speed 1.1 %, Frequency 1000 Hz, air assist on, correction 20

Step 2
Assemble the parts. The table decoration is designed to fit perfectly without adhesive.


  • Use a 1.5 inch lens. 
  • We suggest using polyester felt for clean cutting edges and great engraving results. 
  • Using a honeycomb table prevents the felt rub off on the processing table.

Download Spring Application Files!

We would love to see your completed projects... Share your table decorations on our Facebook page!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Kickstarting Your Laser Series: Crowd-Fund Your Dreams

The realm of crowd-funding your dreams is on the rise with the popularity of website such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Entrepreneurs can create fundraising campaigns to bring to fruition any type of service or product with a short web video and an idea.  

This series of posts will feature campaigns that have used Trotec lasers in some incredibly successful projects.

Setting up a crowd-funding campaign is a lot of work. Not only do you have a come up with an idea that the general public will love enough to pledge money to, a person needs to make sure that the campaign website has a clear message and a video detailing the project. 

But all the work will pay off! Trotec has several established customers who funded their laser through Kickstarter... Many of which made more than enough money to cover their initial start-up costs.

John Warren recently started a Kickstarter campaign that will help fund a Trotec laser to create custom dice.  ”On April 8th, I launched a Kickstarter project to make customized dice available to the masses.” states John.  “I show several examples on our Kickstarter page of dice that I've designed - but the more exciting part of the project is how it puts custom dice within the reach of the average gamer.”

John’s research solidified his thought that a laser will be the best way of achieving the detail that he needed on the dice in the fastest time. When he stopped by the Trotec booth at a recent trade show and saw a Trotec laser in action, he was hooked.

“By combining the speed and precision of a Trotec laser with my custom software to process the designs and a special rig built specifically to help quickly rotate entire batches of dice at the same time, I believe we can significantly reduce the amount of time needed to create these custom dice. Less time spent in the manufacturing process means we can bring these dice into a price range that makes sense.”

To learn more about John’s Kickstarter and help fund his campaign, please visit Custom Game Lab's page on their Kickstarter page!

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