I wanted to learn how to utilize the 3D setting on our laser cutter, I have seen examples of Damask and Floral patterns rastered in 3D. So I decided to give it a try. The results are very impressive.
Step 1: Create Circle Template
Make sure that the circle has an outline width of hairline if using CorelDraw so it will be cut out on the laser.
Step 2: Create 3D Gray Scale Contour
Open the contour tool and select 'to inside', offset of .005, and 1000 steps. These numbers will change automatically based on what is feasible within the software.
Next click on the contour color button, select a 100% white fill color, and 100% white line color.
This will create a raised image contour. The white area will have less laser beam applied thus less material removed, while the darker areas will have more laser beam applied and more material removed. Thus giving a 3D finish.
Step 3: Create a Letter
Step 4: Print Using 3D Laser Setting
When ready to print, go to the advanced tab within the print driver screen and select the radio button for 3D.
At this point your ready to print, you will need to adjust your laser power, speed, and frequency settings depending on the material your going to use.