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Engraving Templates: Creating the layout

Josh Stephens is the lead applications expert for Trotec Laser. He has been in the industry for over six years and can be frequently seen teaching classes at various trade shows across the country.

Use these guidelines to evaluate how you can better use templates to maximize efficiency of engraving jobs. The layout of your template depends on the regular order volumes that you have to fulfill. 

  • If you produce small quantities at regular intervals, you can adapt the template to these quantities. If you need to process large volumes in an order, adjust the template to the work area of your laser.
  • For large order volumes, it is more economical to apply the template in duplicates with a base. You can use your work time efficiently by placing the first template in the laser and engraving it while you are reloading the second template outside.
    Thanks to the base, loaded templates can be easily moved from the work table into your laser. The base should be made of solid material. When gluing the base and template, ensure that they are glued properly with one above the other.

—Josh Stephens, Trotec Laser