11 Beer Coasters - Laser Cut, Engraved and UV Printed

About: Trotec Laser Canada provides laser engraving and laser cutting machines for processing a wide variety of materials. Cut, engrave and mark wood, paper, metal, acrylic, leather, stone, plastics and many more. ...

This week we are laser cutting, engraving and UV printing coasters with the logos of microbreweries from all around Canada. We've used our Speedy 400 and Speedy 300 FLEXX laser engraving machines as well as our Mutoh 426UF UV printer!

We've created 11 unique coasters each with its own engraving technique.

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Step 1: Coaster 1: Big Rock Brewery

The first coaster we'll do is Big Rock Brewery located in Calgary, AB.

For this coaster we'll use the reverse engraving technique.

We use our TroGlass Reverse Black 3mm cast acrylic.

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LASER: Speedy 400 100w
ENGRAVE: 60 power, 80 speed, 500 PPI
CUT: 60 power, 1 speed, 2500 PPI

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Step 1: We first engrave the reverse acrylic on the back, we'll only etch out our "red" parts. We make sure to flip our image horizontally.

Step 2: We spray paint the entire sheet with red spray paint and let it dry

Step 3: Put the sheet back into the machine and repeat the process with the other colours. You may have to go a bit out-of-focus (i.e. drop the z-axis by 0.1") and use a bit more power on the engraving to go through the paint

Step 2: Coaster 2: North Brewing Company

The second coaster we'll do is North Brewing Company located in Halifax, NS.

We use our Trotec Solid Wood 3mm Maple.
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LASER: Speedy 400 100w
ENGRAVE: 60 power, 80 speed, 500 PPI
CUT: 50 power, 0.5 speed, 2500 PPI
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Step 1: It's a simple technique, put the wood into the machine then engrave (RGB
Black fill) and cut (RGB Red hairline outline) in the artwork file.

Step 3: Coaster 3: Blindman Brewing

The third coaster we'll do is Blindman Brewing located in Lacombe, AB.
For this coaster we'll be engraving on acrylic. We use our TroGlass Fluorescent Green 3mm cast acrylic.
We horizontally flipped the image so the engraving appears on the back coming through the acrylic.
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LASER: Speedy 400 100w
ENGRAVE: 60 power, 80 speed, 500 PPI
CUT: 60 power, 1 speed, 2500 PPI
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Step 1: We first engrave the reverse acrylic on the back, we'll only etch out our "red" parts. We make sure to flip our image horizontally.

Step 2: We spray paint the entire sheet with red spray paint and let it dry Step 3: Put the sheet back into the machine and repeat the process with the other colours. You may have to go a bit out-of-focus (i.e. drop the z-axis by 0.1") and use a bit more power on the engraving to go through the paint

Step 4: Coaster 4: Driftwood Brewery

The fourth coaster we'll do is Driftwood Brewery located in Victoria, BC.
For this coaster we'll be engraving and cutting acrylic, as well as inlaying acrylic into acrylic.
We use our TroGlass Colour Gloss Black, Red, Yellow and Orange 3mm cast acrylic.
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LASER: Speedy 400 100w

ENGRAVE: 60 power, 80 speed, 500 PPI

CUT: 60 power, 1 speed, 2500 PPI

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Step 1: We first engrave our black acrylic

Step 2: We then laser cut the holes for the inlay and the coaster itself out of the larger sheet

Step 3: We then cut out our inlay designs from the red, orange and yellow acrylic

Step 4: We squeeze the coloured acrylic into our black acrylic coaster

Step 5: We put the coaster in between two pieces of wood, then lightly hammer on top with a rubber mallet to make sure the inlay goes in fully.

Step 5: Coaster 5: Brunswick Bierworks

The fifth coaster we'll do is Brunswick Bierworks located in East York, ON.
For this coaster we'll be using our Trotec Stainless Steel and our Trotec 3mm MDF wood.
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LASER: Speedy 300 80w FLEXX
MARK (steel): 100 power, 5 speed, 40,000 PPI
CUT (MDF): 50 power, 0.5 speed, 2500 PPI
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Step 1: We first round the corners on our Trotec Stainless Steel squares using our CornermateĀ® AccCutter

Step 2: We then laser cut our MDF wood

Step 3: We laser mark the stainless steel with the Brunswick Bierworks logo using our fiber laser

Step 4: We take the 3M adhesive off the MDF and glue it to the Stainless Steel

Step 6: Coaster 6: Nokomis Craft Ales

The sixth coaster we'll do is Nokomis Craft Ales located in Nokomis, SK.
For this coaster we'll be using our TroLase 1/8" Yellow/Black lamacoid material (engravable plastic)

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LASER: Speedy 400 100w
ENGRAVE:
80 power, 80 speed, 500 PPI, 0.2 z-offset
CUT: 60 power, 1 speed, 2500 PPI

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Step 1: We first engrave our design using the RGB black fill in our artwork

Step 2: The laser automatically starts cutting the RGB red hairline outline in our artwork

Step 3: We whip any residue off with a Mr. Clean magic eraser.

Step 7: Coaster 7: Rogues Roost

The seventh coaster we'll do is for Rogues Roost Breweing Company located in Halifax, NS.
For this coaster we'll be using our Trotec Anodized Aluminum Silver and our Trotec 3mm MDF wood

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LASER: Speedy 300 80w FLEXX
MARK: 100 power, 10 speed, 500 PPI
CUT (MDF):
50 power, 0.5 speed, 2500 PPI
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Step 1: We first round the corners on our Trotec Anodized Aluminum squares using our CornermateĀ® AccCutter

Step 2: We then laser cut our MDF wood

Step 3: We laser mark the Anodized Aluminum with the Rogues Roost logo using our CO2 laser

Step 4: We take the 3M adhesive off the MDF and glue it to the Stainless Steel

Step 8: Coaster 8: Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery

The eighth coaster we'll do is for Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery located in Barrie, ON

For this coaster we'll be using our Smart-X Laserable Foam Board.

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LASER: Speedy 400 100w
CUT: 30 power, 2 speed, 2500 PPI, 3 passes

UV PRINTER: Mutoh ValueJet 426UF UV Printer
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Step 1: We print our logo and registration marks directly onto the foam board using our UV Printer.

Step 2: We place our board into the laser machine (which has the JobControl Vision camera system). The camera reads the registration marks and cuts accordingly.

Step 9: Coaster 9: Side Launch Brewing Company Inc.

The ninth coaster we'll do is for Side Launch Brewing Company Inc. located in Collingwood, ON.
For this coaster we'll be using our Trotec Solid Wood 3mm Maple and our TroGlass Colour Gloss 3mm Black cast acrylic.

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LASER: Speedy 400 100w
ENGRAVE (acrylic): 60 power, 80 speed, 500 PPI
ENGRAVE (wood): 60 power, 80 speed, 500 PPI
CUT (acrylic): 60 power, 1 speed, 2500 PPI
CUT (wood): 50 power, 0.5 speed, 2500 PPI

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Step 1: We first engrave our lettering "brewing company" under the main logo on our maple wood, using our RGB black fill in our artwork file

Step 2: We the cut out the shape for the logo inlay and the shape of our coasters, using our RGB red hairline outline in our artwork file

Step 3: We then put in our black acrylic engrave the logo and cut out the logo shape

Step 4: Finally we placed our acrylic inlay inside the wooden coaster. Place the coaster in between two wooden slabs, hammered them together using a wooden mallet

NOTE: When inlaying materials make sure that the inside piece is 0.001" thicker (using contour tool) than the outside piece, so it's a tight fit.

Step 10: Coaster 10: Steam Whistle Brewing

The tenth coaster we'll do is for Steam Whistle Brewing located in Toronto, ON.
For this coaster we'll be using our TroGlass Clear 3mm cast acrylic.

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LASER: Speedy 400 100w
CUT: 60 power, 1 speed, 2500 PPI

UV PRINTER: Mutoh ValueJet 426UF
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Step 1: We place our acrylic into our UV Printer and print using the white-on-colour method with the registration marks

Step 2: Once printed we place the acrylic into our laser machine and have the JobControl Vision camera system read the registration marks and cut using the RGB red hairline outline in our artwork file.

Step 11: Coaster 11: Prince Edward Island Brewing Company

The final coaster we'll do is for Prince Edward Island Brewing Company located in Charlottetown, PE.
For this coaster we'll be using our TroGlass Satin Black and White 3mm cast acrylics. ----------------------------------------------------------------------

LASER: Speedy 400 100w
ENGRAVE: 60 power, 80 speed, 500 PPI
CUT (kiss): 10 power, 3 speed, 2500 PPI
CUT (full): 60 power, 1 speed, 2500 PPI

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Step 1: We first engrave "Prince Edward Island" on our satin black acrylic

Step 2: We then kiss-cut the smaller hat logo and "brewing co." in order to know the position of where we want our top white acrylic layer to go on.

Step 3: We do a full cut, that is cutting out the full coaster out of the black acrylic.

Step 4: We cut out our smaller hat and "brewiing co." letters out of our satin white acrylic.

Step 5: We take off the 3M adhesive backing from our white acrylic hat and letters and glue them to the kiss-cut position on the main black acrylic coaster.

Step 12: Where to Get the Materials

To purchase any of the materials you see in the video please visit our Consumables E-Store: http://www.engraving-supplies.ca

For our laser machines contact us at:


Trotec Laser Canada
1705 Argentia Road, Unit 9
Mississauga, ON L5N 3A9, Canada
Phone: 1-855-838-1144
Email: sales@troteclaser.ca
http://www.troteclaser.com

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    kennaj

    5 months ago on Step 8

    I have quite the collection of Flying Monkeys branded articles (glasses, t-shirt, etc) and never get tired of them. My favourite gift for my man-friends/relatives.

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