Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Trotec Laser & Construct A Truck Hit the Road

The past week Trotec Laser has partnered up with Detroit area customer Construct A Truck on a multi-leg road trip to showcase fun and educational ways customers are using Trotec lasers.  At each stop, Construct A Truck featured its Mobile Assembly Line, a hands-on demo of the assembly process used to build the Model B Truck. Materials to assemble trucks were available onsite for purchase.


Successful First Stop. 

We kicked off our two week road trip on May 9th with our first stop at the Annual Arts & Crafts show in Park Ridge, IL.  The weather wasn’t spectacular and Trotec and Construct A Truck were up to the heels in mud, but what a success the stop was leading to our first of many truck sales! We met with new and familiar faces and had a lot of fun demonstration our collaboration. After that we've made stops in Mississippi, Wyoming, and today we got up early to see the sunrise in Nevada.


 What's next?

We are going to continue to roll our way to the Bay Area Maker Faire held on May 15-17 in San Mateo, CA. This Faire is the peak of all of our stops on this road show and will showcase creative, makers in the areas of science and technology. engineering, food, and arts and crafts. After that we continue on with an Educators event in San Francisco, CA on May 18th and the final stop at MTRL Design in Omaha, NE on May 21st. 
Taking Pictures? Tag Us! #Trotrip.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Trotec Laser Sponsors Bay Area Maker Faire

Meeting the Makers

Trotec is proud to be a sponsor of the 10th Annual Bay Area Maker Faire, being held in San Mateo, CA on May 15-17, 2015. Mater Faire is the greatest show and tell on earth - a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

Construct A Truck Road Trip

The Bay Area Maker Faire is the pinnacle stop on the Construct A Truck Road Trip, bringing trucks and lasers to various locations across the country. Trotec and Construct A Truck will be at the Maker Faire together, showing off some the exciting things Trotec lasers can do.

To follow our Road Trip journey, please visit our social media forums or use the hashtag #TroTrip for up to date coverage!

Limited Free Tickets Available

Trotec has limited free tickets available for the Bay Area Maker Faire. If you are interested in attending, please use the contact link below and email us your contact information and stat you would like tickets to the Maker Faire. We will mail you two tickets until our quantity runs out.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Trade Show Alert: Why Should You Visit Arlington?

The NBM Show and Trotec Laser is coming back to Arlington, Texas this May!

Arlington Convention Center

May 14-16, 2015

The NBM Show is the only event that caters to the visual communications, apparel decorating, awards and engraving markets under one roof. Offering a great opportunity to network with industry partners, discover new technologies, and grow your business. 

We'll be displaying a wide variety of machines from our product portfolio including but not limited to the rayjet 50, Speedy 300 Flexx, and Speedy 400 laser systems. While visiting our booth you will discover cutting edge laser technology like JobControl Vision, quick change tables, and a dual source laser systems with 10 years of innovation under it's belt. You'll also be able to take advantage of hot show specials, a savings so big we're only offering them in Texas!

The NBM Show and Trotec also offer wonderful learning opportunities. On Thursday, May 14 at 11 AM you can join Trotec's Josh Stevens in-depth class "Lasers: Learn, Leverage, Lead" to discover industry tips and tricks on getting the most out of your laser. The class's deep dive on the laser fundamentals will give you the tools you need to make your profits soar! Register for Josh's Class

Join Trotec "After Hours" on Thursday, May 14, 2015 for a great open house event. Our Texas sales and support center is just minutes away from the convention center. After the show floor closes on Thursday we'll be serving hors d'oeuvres and drinks, catered by A Sophisticated Affair, from 4:30 to 8:00 PM. This event will be a great opportunity to meet the local Trotec team... There will also be fun giveaways! RSVP for this Event!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Laser Cutting Acrylic for a Flame Polished Edge: Part 3

  • Focal Length

    The focal lens choice will play a role in the edge quality. Ideally a 2.5” lens will work with thicknesses up to 3/8-1/2”. Anything thicker may require a 4”, 5”, or maybe even a 7” lens. This is where laser power will come into play. When the focal distance increases, the amount of energy of the laser will seem to decrease. Not having enough power will mean slowing the laser down significantly to cut through the material. There is a point where cutting slower will not work because it will increase the chance of flare-ups that can occur when cutting acrylic too slow. Acrylic is flammable and the only cure for this is more laser power. Then the acrylic can be cut at optimal and production friendly speeds and still get the nice polished edge. Achieving a high quality edge with multiple passes is very difficult.
  • Focal Point

    ​Focal point will have an effect on the angle of the cutting edge. The thicker the material the deeper “into the material” the focal point should be. For acrylic over 1/4" thick, you should focus in 1/3 of the total distance ( ½” acrylic would need to be focused in approximately 3/16”.) This will keep the edge as straight as possible. The longer the focal point of the lens, the straighter the edge will be.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Trotec Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Dual-Source Laser Technology

Trotec Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Dual-Source Laser Technology

The pioneers of the first dual-source laser system celebrate 10 years of innovation and technical advancement

Trotec Laser, a leading provider of advanced laser equipment, is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their flexx series, the first dual-source laser system. The innovative dual-source technology combines a fiber laser and a CO2 laser in one system, which enables businesses to produce more products in less time while reducing maintenance costs. Trotec was the first company to develop this technology, and it has been testing, refining and improving it for the past decade.

Why two laser sources are better than one

Trotec's patented flexx system maximizes output and reduces overhead, providing a rapid return on the investment. The system combines a CO2 laser for cutting and engraving a wide variety of materials (including plastic, wood, rubber and glass) with a fiber laser for marking plastics and metals, eliminating the need to use and maintain separate systems to process jobs that require both laser types. Using a single system is more efficient because it eliminates the need to stop and start jobs, and with one system and one beam source, maintenance costs and processing times are cut in half. 

Maximum flexibility

Trotec flexx systems are available in more than 30 configurations and different power levels (up to 120 watts for CO2 lasers and up to 50 watts for fiber lasers). Customers can add flexx to Speedy systems at any time. The systems come with user-friendly, patented Job Control workflow software that integrates easily with existing systems.

"We have spent the past ten years testing and improving our dual-source laser systems," says Warren Knipple, president of Trotec Laser, Inc. "Our experience allows us understand and accommodate our customers' diverse needs and provide a highly refined product with superior performance." 

About Trotec

Trotec is a leading international provider of advanced laser equipment for a range of applications, from laser cutting and engraving to industrial marking. The company's extensive line of quality laser engravers, cutters and markers, coupled with its unmatched service and support offerings, have made Trotec one of the industry's leading resources for computer controlled engraving equipment and marking systems. Trotec machines are currently used in more than 90 companies around the globe.

More flexibility. More options. More potential.