Laser Engraved Playing Cards & Wooden Box

Introduction: Laser Engraved Playing Cards & Wooden Box

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. ...

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

By Aowlad Hossain and Thanushan Ravendiran

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Step 1: Engraving the Cards

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

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

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

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

Step 5: Assembling the Box

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

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    22 Discussions

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    hashashin99
    hashashin99

    Question 6 months ago

    hi friends, which type of material used for cutting the cards?? any one have a link where to buy??

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    Sierra Brookshire
    Sierra Brookshire

    11 months ago

    If you zero the laser in the same spot would it be possible to put a desig on the back of the cards?

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    husseiny2
    husseiny2

    3 years ago

    what kind of card material?

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    Trotec Laser Canada
    Trotec Laser Canada

    Reply 3 years ago

    Regular cardstock you can buy at Michael's.

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    KrishnaT17
    KrishnaT17

    4 years ago

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

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    Trotec Laser Canada
    Trotec Laser Canada

    Reply 3 years ago

    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.

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    Kreat0r
    Kreat0r

    4 years ago

    wow, looks classy!

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    OcelotLaw
    OcelotLaw

    4 years ago

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

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    SherryWong
    SherryWong

    4 years ago

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

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    Trotec Laser Canada
    Trotec Laser Canada

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thanks SherryWong, we're glad you liked it!

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    Flecks
    Flecks

    4 years ago

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

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    Raitis
    Raitis

    4 years ago

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

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    Trotec Laser Canada
    Trotec Laser Canada

    Reply 4 years ago

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

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    treesquatch
    treesquatch

    4 years ago

    Do y'all sell these?

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    Trotec Laser Canada
    Trotec Laser Canada

    Reply 4 years ago

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

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    bravoechonovember1
    bravoechonovember1

    Reply 4 years ago

    I think s/he means the cards but

    how much do the least expensive laser cutters cost?

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    Trotec Laser Canada
    Trotec Laser Canada

    Reply 4 years ago

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