Creating templates for laser engraving dog tags

In this tutorial we will show you a quick and easy way to process multiple workpieces. By following our step by step instructions you can create a jig which will allow you to accuratley position your workpieces, ensuring precise laser engraving results.

A jig can be made of any suitable, such as engraving laminates, laser wood and even thin laser acrylics. The thickness of your material is important when creating a jig. Using a thinner material such as engraving laminate or thin laser acrylics allows for easier storage.

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What do you need to create a jig?
Required materials:  1 mm - 1.6 mm thin laserable materials. We recommend using TroLase or TroLase ADA Signage 1.6 mm laser engraving laminates with a self-adhesive film applied to the reverse of the material for the best results when creating a template.  
 
Machine used: We used a Speedy 360 laser engraver, 80 Watt with 1.5" lens to create this sample, but you can use any Speedy laser machine.
 
Tip: It is beneficial to use the smallest lens available to you as this will make the focussing more precise resulting in an accurate template.

Step 1: Preparation

Begin by importing our template into your preferred graphics program and adapting it as required. If you have your own design, you can use this instead.


Step 2: Laser cutting

Load your engraving laminate onto your laser machine bed. Begin laser cutting the top and bottom of the template. Once you have finished laser processing clean the engraving laminate components and combine the two parts to create the finished jig.

 


Step 3: Laser engraving with your templates

Continue to use your diagram and insert text into the graphic.

Important: Ensure that you have sent the whole graphic to the laser machine.

In this part of the process red is no longer used as the laser cutting parameter. Go to the material database and set the "positioning" process as red. This step allows you to control the position of the template.