Festive Cupcake or muffin Case guest post for Trotec lasers
This tutorial shows you how to laser engrave and cut a
muffin or cupcake case created from TroLase Thins.
Follow our simple tutorial, which also has the option
to change the size of the graphic or use different material colours. The
finished product can be also used for cupcakes or as a festive decoration
around a candle in a glass.
TroLase Thins Port Wine / Gold (0.5mm thick)
Trotec laser used:
Speedy 300, 80 watts, 2.0 inch lens
Step 1: Design
Create the graphic in a graphics program or import our
template. The parcels are defined as engraving areas by the black fill, snow
crystals and border lines must be defined as cutting lines (width: hairline; R:
255; G: 0 B: 0). Additionally, you can add text at the bottom of the graphic
for a personal touch.
Step 2: Bend graphic
To bend the strip later to a muffin case, bend the
graphics in Adobe Illustrator with the warping tool or in Corel Draw with the
tool 'Envelope' (menu: Effects > Envelope > Simple arc > putty). Hold
Ctrl and then drag the lines to the desired arc.
Step 3: Settings
We worked on a Speedy 300 (80 Watss power) with the
Cutting: power: 300% - speed: 1.5% - frequency:
1000 Hz- air assist: ON
Engraving: power: 70% - speed: 80% - frequency: 500 ppi - air assist: ON -
Z-Offset: 1mm - high quality: ON
In the menu
plate setup, choose start position bottom. Remove protection foil from the
laminate and check the vacuum. Focus the laser and off you go!
Tips & Tricks
§Consider the cutting sequence: The cutting lines are considered bottom up
in the production process. Therefore, place the outline at the top position in
Corel Draw Object Manager.
§For an increased vacuum 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.
§First clean with a damp cloth then dry, preferably still in the machine.
§If colour residues are present, check the parameters, focus and check the
rest of the laminate on the table.