Laser Engraver Newsletter - May 2016 (Learn How to Laser Engrave)

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FEATURE

This month we will, agBamboo Layered Plaquesain, look at creative ways to use wood sheets.

Materials Needed

The items needed, to complete this project, are one bamboo sheet, a staple gun, double-stick mounting tape, our LaserBits color fill (in black) and ribbon for hanging.

This project will have a layered effect. I need to cut two pieces of bamboo for each wall hanging. One piece will be slightly larger than the other piece. The smaller, is 4”x 4”, and will receive the design that will be raster engraved. It will then be mounted onto the larger square that 5” x 5”.

Engraving & Cutting

For my 50-watt laser, I used raster settings of 35 speed and 100 power. For vector cutting, I used 10 speed and 100 power. The speed settings are both about 20 percent slower than I would usually use on a wood sheet.

Creating the Wall Hanging

After engraving and cutting and removing the squares from the laser, the next step is to color fill the design. I opted for black as a nice contrast to the caramel-colored bamboo. Using LaserBits color fills is quite easy. Very little is needed as itBamboo Layered Plaque goes a long way. Apply a small pool of paint to a paper towel. Use a swab to paint the design. Be sure to get into all of the nooks and crannies. Allow the paint to dry. This usually takes about 20 minutes dependent upon temperature and humidity. When the paint is dry use a damp towel to remove the excess paint. Apply moderate pressure to remove any stubborn areas. If the engraved area is deep enough and completely dry, there should be no concern that the paint in the design would be wiped away during the cleaning process.

Now, we need to layer the small and large squares. For this, we will use a plaque mounting tape from LaserBits. Using a double-sided mounting tape is the quickest and easiest option. The tape is easily cut into several small strips. I would use 3-5 per square. Apply the tape to the smaller of the two squares. Press firmly to ensure adhesion. Then, remove the backing of the tape and press the top piece onto the bottom. Be sure to center them before pressing hard. The longer the tape is applied, the stronger the bond becomes.

The last step is to add the ribbon. Cut the ribbon to the desired length. Turn the plaque over. Be sure to staple on a spot where the two pieces of wood overlap. If it is stapled too high up, the staple can go through the single layer of wood and show through on the front.

HIGHLIGHT YOUTUBE VIDEO

Take a look at all of the types of wood sheets: http://tiny.cc/bamboosheet

 Watch the video to learn how to apply the double-stick tape: http://tiny.cc/bambooplaque

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Laser Engraver Newsletter - April 2016 (Learn How to Laser Engrave)

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FEATURE

This month we will look at creative ways to use wood sheets. I was able to create a white board, a chalk board and a magnetic game board.

For the white board, I used the Duro Laser Wood and simply engraved my pattern. It is a natural white board and did not have to be treated in order to be used with dry erase markers.

Whiteboard from Duro Wood Laminate

For the other board, I used the specialty paints from Home Depot. I am sure they can also be found at any store that carries paint. Follow the directions for each paint.

The board was painted in 3 coats of magnetic paint to increase the magnetic qualities and then painted with the chalkboard paint. The game pieces had our magnetic sheet applied to the wood sheet before the pieces were vector cut. I used Econo Laser Wood for the board and Birch and Walnut sheets for the games pieces along with our magnet sheet.

 Game Board with magnetic and chalk paint

Wood sheets can yield some really creative end-products. Open up your imagination! Learn more about settings and the ins and outs of this project by visiting the Project Center sub-category of Other Cool Projects inside LaserU.

HIGHLIGHT YOUTUBE VIDEO

Take a look at all of the types of wood sheets: http://tiny.cc/woodsheets

 Watch the video to learn how to apply the magnetic sheet: http://tiny.cc/magnetsheet

COMING EVENTS
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May 17; 10 - 3pm: LaserBits & GoVivid (UV printing) Open House
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The NBM Shows

June 2 - 4; Indianapolis

July 14 - 16; Long Beach

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Laser Engraver Newsletter - March 2016 (Learn How to Laser Engrave)

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COMBINED VISION - BETTER TOGETHER

Please come see us in Vegas. We will be in Booth #1800 along with our family members of Rowmark and Johnson Plastics. See what this coalition of brands can do for you. The power of one is not as strong as the creative talents, energy, innovation and service of the combined brands of LaserUniversity, LaserBits, Rowmark, Johnson Plastics, Bur-lane and IPI Plastics. Better Together.

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FEATURE

Las Vegas; March 1 - 4; International Awards and Personalization Expo @ Rio All Suite Hotel. More info.

Mike will present March 1; 10:11:30am Color Printing Awards and Gifts (Seminar Code 104) More info.

Mike will also be moderating The UV Printer Experience - An Interactive Discussion; March 1; 5 - 6pm. More info

If you cannot make it to Vegas you can still experience it with us. Follow us on Social Media.

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August 18 - 20; Baltimore

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Laser Engraver Newsletter - February 2016 (Learn How to Laser Engrave)

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SKILL KNOWLEDGE

Engraving mirrored acrylic requires reverse engraving...this means that the substrate will be engraved from the back side. In order to flip the objects the Mirror Horizontal and Mirror vertical buttons are used.

Select the object and click either of the buttons shown in red. Also, see the video below for a demonstration. The image to the right my final layout for the hearts. The Mirror Vertical allowed me to have the hearts upside down to maximize my sheet of acrylic.

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Hearts layout in DRAW for mirrored acrylic

HIGHLIGHT YOUTUBE VIDEO

Take a look at all of the colors of mirrored sheets: http://tiny.cc/mirrorsheets

 Learn how to reverse objects and text in DRAW: http://tiny.cc/mirrortext

FEATURE

Colored mirrored acrylic is such a fabulous product to work with. It both engraves and cut easily. This will be done in two passes. First vector cut the outlines. Next, remove the masking from each heart while the hearts are still in the bed. Last, raster engrave the text.

There are a few things to keep in mind, when engraving this sheet:

  • Remove the protective coated (it is not a mask, it will outgas hazardous fumes)
  • Mask both sides of the sheet
  • Place face down in the laser bed (mirror side down)

 

Mirrored acrylic hearts

These conversation hearts were used as party decorations. They were put out on tables and affixed to walls and kitchen cabinets with a removable substance. And they were a big hit. People kept taking them!

 

COMING EVENTS
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Las Vegas; March 1 - 4; International Awards and Personalization Expo @ Rio All Suite Hotel. More info.

Mike will present March 1; 10:11:30am Color Printing Awards and Gifts (Seminar Code 104) More info.

Mike will also be moderating The UV Printer Experience - An Interactive Discussion; March 1; 5 - 6pm. More info.

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