How to Easily Laser Engrave Functional Signage from TroLase

Our tutorial will show you how to easily engrave signage, with a step-by-step guide on how to insert graphics, define the correct size, and set cut lines. Step-by-step you will be guided through a laser engraved and laser cut sign, including important tips and tricks for using laser materials and laser systems.

Tutorial: How to laser engrave a sign

For this application we have used the popular laser material TroLase in blue/white. Find more details about TroLase here.

graphic instructions sign
1. Importing the graphic

Insert the required graphic using the command: ”import“. Ensure the graphic is in black and white mode. Select the vector graphic and group it together using Ctrl+g. Change the size of the grouped graphic according to your requirements.

cutting line sign
2. Add cutting line manually

To manually add a cutting line, insert a rectangle, sized to the desired dimensions. Define the rectangle with a 'Hairline' and the colour R:225, G:0, B:0.

Laser software Trotec engraver
3. Send graphic to JobControl®

Enter the dimensions of the graphic, +1 mm in height and width, choose the relevant material and define the process options (process mode standard, 500 dpi, enhanced geometries). Send your graphic to JobControl® by hitting the 'JC' button and choose 'Print'.

Laser software JobControl settings
4. Laser engrave sign

Set the engraving start positon to begin at the bottom (find this in the menu 'Plate - Plate setup'). Remove the protection foil from the engraving material and activate the vacuum. Focus the laser beam - and off you go!

Tips engrave signs
Tips & Tricks
  • For an increased vacuum strength, cover unused parts of the table with paper.

  • Select the engraving start position as 'bottom'. This prevents deposits from setting on engraved areas which could discolour the product.

  • Use the Z-Offset to obtain a more homogeneous engraving result. Depending upon the design, adjust to max. 3mm in the +.

  • If colour residues are present, check the parameters, focus and that the laminate is flat on the table.