Cut a badge with the name cut/engraved on it
- Laser cutter: Epilog Mini Legend 40W
- Material: Wood (MDF) – 6mm thickness
- Size: width: 300mm – height: 200mm
1. Design a 2D circular badge in a vector creation software
- used Inkscape
- drawn a circle and added my name on it
- the result was saved as a SVG and PDF file
2. Import the SVG file to the computer where the laser cutter is installed and set-up the scene
- the SVG file was copied to this computer and added to an empty canvas of CorelDraw
- the canvas was set to dimensions 600mm x 300m that correspond to the max area where the laser cutter is able to cut
- the SVG files of my colleagues were imported to the same canvas
- each model has been transformed to a dimension of 50mm x 50mm and aligned in one line close to the top border.
- select all the models and set the top-right position to be x: 1px and y: -1px
- some models included only pieces to cut and some pieces to engrave
- TO CUT: selected the outline of the model (or graphics inside the model) -> in the bottom right corner of Corel Draw selected Outline Pen -> in the first box of width select Hairline -> in the color box select Black color
- TO ENGRAVE: selected the graphical objects -> fill the background color RED and set No line as Outline Pen.
3. Start the laser cutter
- we needed to start at first the laser cutter from the switch on/off button situated on its left side
- also, the huge fume extractor situated below needs to be turned on
- finally, the 3rd machine needs to be turned on as well, but because it is noisy you can turn it on just before starting the cutting.
- we used a piece of wood with 6mm thickness
- carrefully added it to the plate of the machine, preferably with the usable area for cut on the top-left corner.
Setting-up the laser cutter
- pressed button 9 to show the pointer position on the added material
- pressed button 8 to change the predefined position -> it asks you if you want do this? press GO and the pointer gets released
- the pointer was released at this point and we moved it carefully with out hand to the top-left corner – the position is displayed on the laser cutter screen.
- pressed button 7 to set the new point as defined origin.
Setting up the print
- we went back to the Corel Draw file on the computer and pressed Ctrl + P
- insured that the machines used is the laser cutter Epilog Mini and pressed on Properties
- as we had to both cut and engrave, we selected Job Type – Combined
- in Raster setting -> added the recommended properties for engraving on 6mm wood material from the laser cutter book.
- in Vector setting -> added the recommended properties for cutting on 6mm wood material from the laser cutter book.
- click OK -> Apply -> Print.
- once we clicked on print on Corel Draw, the laser cutter detected the new asked operation and displays it on its small screen.
- checked if it is the right file we wanted to print.
- checked if all 3 machines are turned on.
- press on GO button and it started the print!
Note: we needed to stand around the machine in order to be sure that the laser does not get out of the material or if it does not get fire.