Create Laser Engraved Plant Signs
Learn how to laser engrave and laser cut a spring inspired plant sign. Our template below shows you how to easily create plant signs in from our laser engraving material, TroLase Reverse. It also shows how to insert graphics and work with nodes. After laser engraving, the engraved areas can be color filled according to your individual taste.
Instructions on how to laser engrave plant signs
In our example we used our two-ply acrylic material, TroLase Reverse, in different colors. Read more about TroLase Reverse.
Import any graphic to Corel Draw (or use our sample graphic) and convert it to Black and White mode (Bitmaps > Mode) by using 'Line Art'. Next vectorize the graphic, also by using 'Line Art'. Modify the graphic to the required size.
First, place a rectangle over the vector graphic. Next you right click the rectangle and select 'Convert to Curves' and then use the shape tool (F10). After that, place and remove the individual nodes by double clicking on them. By clicking on a node, you can move and manipulate it. Shape the resulting curve around the graphic and fine-tune it to the desired shape. Mirror the entire graphic.
Start by highlighting the entire graphic and then select 'Print'. Next enter the dimensions of the graphic, making sure that they are at least +1 mm in height and width. Choose the relevant material and define the process options (such as process mode standard, 500 dpi, enhanced geometries). Then send your graphic to JobControl® by hitting the 'JC' button and chossing 'Print'.
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!
- For an increased vacuum strength, cover unused parts of the table with paper.
- Select the engraving start position as 'bottom'. This prevents dusts and debris from settling on engraved areas, keeping the product from becoming discoloured.
- Use the Z-Offset to create a more homogeneous engraving result. Depending upon the design, adjust to a maximum of 3mm in the +.
- If there is any color residue, check parameters and focus and make sure that the laminate is flat on the table.