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Trotec Speedy 500

Laser type: CO2 laser Work area: 49 x 28 inch Max. workpiece height: 11.8 inch Laser power: 75 watt

  • trotec speedy 500

Overview

The Trotec Speedy 500 can cut items up 47.75” wide by 27.75” long, with a laser kerf of 0.003”-0.005”. Material thickness capacity varies depending on material and machine. The Trotec Speedy 300 Flexx can items up 28.5” wide and 17” long. 
 

To request contract laser cutting / engraving services:

  • Submit your design by filling out the quote form. We have specific file guidelines listed below in the File Setup section. We also offer a file creation service to take a sketch from paper and turn it into a digital file; see the File Preparation Services section below for more information.
  • We will estimate job setup and machine time and provide a quote for your approval. Included in this quote is an estimate for material. We can provide a PDF of the item and layout for approval.
  • Upon approval, we will run the job and will notify you when the items are ready for pickup. See below for payment terms.

 

Please include the following information in your request:

  • A file containing the appropriate information (see the file setup guidelines);
  • The material you want your parts cut from, and whether you will supply that material
  • The date parts are needed by; typical job turnaround is 3-4 business days, but can vary with the job. Rush service is available for a fee.

 

Materials

Materials Acceptable for Cutting or Engraving

  • Acrylic up to 0.5” thick Paper
  • Chipboard Plywood up to 0.25” thick
  • Cork Rubber
  • Delrin Some textiles 
  • Felt Veneer
  • Leather
  • MDF up to 0.25” thick
  • Melamine
 
The acrylic we supply comes in 24”x48” units. Larger sheets can be ordered, but consider the sheet size of the material you plan to use when laying out items.
 

Materials Acceptable for Engraving or Marking Only

  • Anodized Aluminum Painted Metal 
  • Ceramics Stainless Steel 
  • Glass Stone
 

Materials Not Appropriate for Cutting or Engraving

Anything that contains chlorine, including PVC, vinyl and Moleskine notebooks.
Kapton tape
 
A Note About Metals: Metals must be marked with a Laser Marking Material (LMM) prior to processing. This material costs $0.10 per square inch in addition to the file setup and processing fee. The LMM must be oversprayed, meaning the square-inch amount of LMM used will be greater than the square-inch area of the engraving. A border of LMM is required, approximately 3 square inches. Please note that the laser does not engrave metal in a true sense – when the laser hits metal, it marks the surface and causes discoloration.
 

File Setup

We accept vector-based files for cutting or vector engraving. For raster engraving, we need a raster or bitmap file placed within a vector file format – for example, importing a .jpg into a .pdf, or placing a .png file into an artboard in Adobe Illustrator.  We can also engrave filled vector designs.  The software that controls the laser will only etch the bitmap file; if you need the bitmap cut out of the material, a vector cut- line must be drawn around the image.
 
Set the vector as small as possible (.25 pt in Illustrator or Hair- line in CorelDraw). If the vector is too wide the laser will interpret the line as a region to be engraved. Make sure the color profile of the document is set as RGB. For cut lines, set the colors to Black (R=0, G=0, B=0), Red (R=255, G=0, B=0) or Blue (R=0, G=0, B=255). We can program up to 16 different colors in our software; contact us with your specific request. The chart shows the sequence of colors and their RGB values.
 
If your parts are small and precision is a concern, consider the kerf of the laser. The laser removes about 0.003-0.005” of material and it cuts down the center of the vector. Either side of the cut will lose some material as a result. Adjust the dimension in the drawing to accommodate this if needed. .
 
There is a template file available on NextFab Studio’s website, which includes the bed size and the RGB colors. Arrange your parts in this file and include a copy of your parts outside the bed layout. If your software has a grouping function, group parts that have interior cuts or engraving. Please do not group all of the parts together or group the parts laid out in the bed.  Please leave a 0.25” margin around your parts and the edge of the sheet. It is also a good idea to leave 0.25” between parts. If the parts are from a thinner material, the material thickness is an acceptable margin.
 

Acceptable file formats

.ai .svg .pdf  .dxf .cdr
 

An example of ordered cut lines:

 
 

RGB Color Values for Vector Ordering

  RED GREEN BLUE
Black 0 0 0
Red 255 0 0
Blue 0 0 255
Country Blue 51 102 153
Bright Blue 0 255 255
Bright Green 0 255 0
Kelly Green 0 153 51
Hunter Green 0 102 51
Army Green 153 153 51
Brown 153 102 51
Chocolate 102 51 0
 

 

Optional Additional Services

 

File Setup

NextFab Studio can transform a sketch on paper or a description of the parts needed into a vector file suitable for laser cutting and a variety of other processes. In a written description, be sure to include dimensions, material type, and any special directions when requesting a quote. If you would like a sketch transformed into a vector file, scan the drawing into a .pdf, .jpg, .tif, .psd, .gif or .bmp file format. The scan should be at 300 dpi and the smallest dimension should be no less than 6”. High-contrast gray-scale images convert to vector files the most reliably. Include dimensions of the laser-cut part.
 

Laser Cutting and Engraving Tips

Large intricate parts are more fragile and will take longer to cut. When cutting thin parts, ensure that part dimensions are greater than the material thickness. Lasers come into and out of focus in the shape of a cone. As a result, all laser cut parts will have a slight taper on the edge. This is especially important for those concerned with tolerances and precision.  The laser cuts and engraves by burning or melting material. In some materials (wood, paper, textiles, cork) a charred or burned edge will remain.
 

Pricing / Payment Terms

The job setup fee includes file verification, part layout, and machine setup. Machine time and setup time can be broken into increments as small as 15 minutes. Machine time depends on several factors, including material, material thickness, and path length. Job Setup and Machine Time do not include the cost of materials.