Introduction: Laser Engraved Playing Cards & Wooden Box

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Here's an easy laser cutting project that can be made and then played with your friends!

By Aowlad Hossain and Thanushan Ravendiran

Step 1: Engraving the Cards

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Using the illustrator template given (or your own template), set the art-board of your cards the same dimensions as the material you will be using, in this case 20" x 26". For the remaining cards make the art-board smaller and place them in the corner of the board (in Trotec's JobControl Software), to save material. Engrave the cards using 45 power and 100 speed, with 1000 PPI/Hz. For cutting, we used 40 power, 2 speed, 2000 PPI/Hz.

Materials Used: Black Pegasus Cover stock 260m 20x26

Step 2: Cutting the Cards

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The key here is to know the right settings to set up the laser according to desired result, determined by power and speed of the laser. For example, if you wanted the designs of the cards to be darker, you could decrease speed or increase power. Also make sure the material is taped down to the bed of the laser, as an uneven surface will result in misshaped designs.

Step 3: Artwork File for the Box

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Download the Illustrator (.ai) artwork file attached.

We make all the cut lines as red of 0.10 pt weight (or Hairline) and colour in the objects black for the engraving portion. All colours must be RGB.

The box is made of ¼" thick solid maple wood with the dimension of 3.5" x 2.5" x 1.5".

Step 4: Engraving and Cutting the Wooden Box

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We used 55% power and 85% speed on a Trotec 100w Speedy 400 flexx laser with 500 ppi.

Step 5: Assembling the Box

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Collect all pieces from the bed of machine, assemble as the interlocking windows match and glue it together.

Comments

husseiny2 (author)2017-01-30

what kind of card material?

Regular cardstock you can buy at Michael's.

KrishnaT17 (author)2016-03-03

Are the cards durable if we use that material? It kind of looks like they would rip after a few shuffles.

Well they don't have the standard plastic coating other cards have so they won't last as long, but they don't rip up quickly they can last for some time.

Kreat0r (author)2015-12-14

wow, looks classy!

Thanks!

OcelotLaw (author)2016-01-14

My school has a Enterprise class, where we make a business. I am using this idea. Thank you, Trotec!

That sounds great, thanks!

SherryWong (author)2015-12-01

yesssssss! Thank you, this is perfect for a gift!

Thanks SherryWong, we're glad you liked it!

Flecks (author)2015-11-27

Awesome. I'll have to try this out on my schools laser cutter!

Thanks Flecks! Glad you've enjoyed it!

Raitis (author)2015-11-28

Thank you for inspiration, will certainly try making cards on a laser!

Thanks Raitis, we are glad you've enjoyed it!

treesquatch (author)2015-11-26

Do y'all sell these?

We sell the laser machines yes, are you looking for one?

I think s/he means the cards but

how much do the least expensive laser cutters cost?

Are you in Canada? if so please emails us at sales@troteclaser.ca, we can give you a quote on our starter units.

Antzy Carmasaic (author)2015-11-26

Those came out having a very premium-ish feel. Lovely project...

Thank you!

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