Intro: Acrylic & Wooden Chandeliers
Luca Alvergue, an OCAD student, designed and created these amazing laser cut acrylic and wooden chandeliers. He made them using our 3mm TroGlass Clear cast acrylic and Veneer Woods material using the Trotec SP500 laser cutting machine. These lamps can be a wonderful addition to your home or office!
Step 1: Downloading Artwork Files
Download the 3 chandelier types: the Traditional, the Green Lantern and the Pyramid. You can use any design software to open them and print them over to the laser machine's software; JobControl. You can add or delete the pegs on the round acrylic rings, we tend to use about 13-15.
Step 2: Cutting the Wood
Start by cutting the wood pieces in your laser machine. Our veneer woods come in 12"x24" slabs and that's the size we set for the chandeliers, that is that the height won't be bigger than 24". We use maple veneer for the Pyramid, birch veneer for the Green Lantern and bamboo veneer for the Traditional chandelier with appropriate tolerances in each artwork file. If you're using other materials than our Trotec woods you may need to test out your own tolerances for the acrylic to fit into the wood. We use our Speedy 300 80w laser to cut with 100 power and 1 speed to cut.
You can find our veneer woods here:
Step 3: Cutting the Acrylic
We then cut out the circular acrylic rings that are inserted horizontally throughout the designs. We use our 3mm TroGlass clear cast acrylic for the job using our SP500 200w laser with 100 power and 1.5 speed to cut through them.
You can find out 3mm clear acrylic here:
Step 4: Assembly
Start by taking one vertical wood piece and holding it up right. Then start adding the horizontal acrylic rings starting from the bottom and going to the top. Then carefully add the remaining horizontal wood pieces.
Step 5: Hanging the Chandeliers
We have professional electricians hanging the chandeliers in our showroom, but essentially all you need is a metal cables and "s" hooks to latch onto the smaller holes at the top-most horizontal acrylic pieces (the special holes are in the artwork file). String up 2-3 cables from the holes onto a main cable and tie it to the ceiling. Then extend a power cable and lamp from the ceiling into the center of each chandelier.