2. Developable Surface



0. In rhinoceros, flatten your model by clicking on unroll developable surface.

Click on label:yes to label the pieces with numbers for easy identification.

The end result should look like this:

To use the laser engraving machine,

1. Open your file. (.eps, .ai, .pdf)

2. Set paper size to LASER ENGRAVER

3. Place your object at right top corner. Scale it as appropriate.

4. Select Vector data for cutting. Choose the line thickness as ‘Hairline Outline’.

5. Print. Select destination as ‘L – Solution 900.

Click on properties button on the right.

6. Select layer based on colour, click on the v-button on the right to set power and speed. (Power and speed depends on material and thickness. Pls. refer table at the workshop.) Click ok and click print.

7. Go to the laser engraver and align your material by the top left hand corner of the machine

8. Look for your laser engraving job number by pressing the arrow button in grey.

9. Start your laser engraving by pressing the green button after you have located it.

9a. Wait for it to finish and secure the loose pieces with masking tape to prevent them from falling out.

10. Match the cut out pieces with the numbering on screen/model to assemble the model.

Sending file to Epilog laser engraving machine from Rhino

<Sample Output>

1 Transfer the file to the computer connected to the laser engraving machine.

2 In the Top view, separate the surface (vecter) and label (Raster) into different layer. The label layer with white text in the label is recommended.

3 Switch off the surface layer and click Print in the menu bar.

4 Select the scale of printing. In this case, we choose 1:1.

Select Windows and click ‘Move’ as shown in the image above.

5 Move the window to the cutting area.

6 Click ‘Properties’ and select ‘Raster’. Adjust the power and speed in the raster and vector setting (Refer to the setting sheet in the workshop).

Click ‘OK’ and ‘Print’. Press ‘Start’ Button on the Epilog laser engraving machine

7 After the process of ‘raster’, switch off the label layer and switch on the surface layer.

8 Repeat the step 4 to 6, but Select ‘Vector’ and adjust the speed and power accordingly.

For more detail information, please refer to the following web site.


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