With this easy to follow Instructable you can easily identify your herbs and vegetables with fun and colorful laser cut acrylic garden plant markets.
Step 1: Import PDF Into CorelDraw
Import the PDF file into CorelDraw.
The file includes a garden gnome (optimized for transparent acrylics), a retro design, and a clean design.
Step 2: Customize the Graphic
Use the text tool to edit the name of the plant or herb
Step 3: Laser Process
Below are the laser settings we used with the Speedy 400 (80 watts with 2.5 inch lens).
Depending on the laser power and the material used, the settings may vary.
Used parameters for 1/4" acrylics:
Engraving: Power: 70% - Speed: 100% - Frequency: Auto - Air Assist: ON
Cutting: Power: 100% - Speed: 0.1% - Frequency: 20,000 Hz - Air Assist: ON - Z-Offset: -1.50mm
Used parameters for 1/8" acrylics:
Engraving:Power: 35% - Speed: 10% - Frequency: Auto - Air Assist: ON
Cutting: Power: 30% - Speed: 0.1% - Frequency: 8,500 Hz - Air Assist: ON
Using an acrylic cutting table will prevent beam reflections on the backside of the material. It is especially important when cutting acrylics to have a strong down draft in order to avoid flames and to get crystal-clear edges. For more tips on laser cutting acrylic, download our white paper!
Step 4: Add Signs to Garden
You're done! Time to brighten up your garden with our fun garden plant identification signs!
We can't wait to see your finished products!