A simple coaster jig for 3.95" square coasters for batch runs on the F1
- Open your XCS and open the source file.
- Depending on your material, select the appropriate settings (wood/acrylic) for both the cut vector (shown in purple) and the text fill (shown in red).
- Center the file on your workspace.
- Place your material on the Triangular Prism Working Panel (little black grill).
- Ensure your laser is in focus. (This is important, as any focus errors could result in the coasters not fitting or screw holes not lining up)
- Frame the file on the material and ensure your cut paths are above the Working Panel.
- Close your lid (as much as you can).
- Start the cut/engraving process.
Inside the jig itself, there's a few small “O's that were cut out. You will use these on the screws that came on your L-shaped positioning piece to make your jig thick enough to use the stock screws (Unless you have thicker material and don't need them). Do be careful, because both the ”washers" and the screws tend to sprout legs and run off.
- After you put the washers on the screws, place them into the oval holes and secure the piece to the far top and far left of the screw grid (not the removable baseplate). Leave them a little loose so you can make some minor adjustments when you focus your frame onto the cork coasters.
- Create a square layer that's the size of the coaster (3.95") and place a coaster into the jig.
- After you get it positioned where you want it, tighten the screws down to the baseplate.
- With your jig secured and your coaster in place. Select your image to be engraved and place it inside the square that you created to align your jig.
- Select the square and set it to “Ignore” (may also help to change the layer color) so that it doesn't create an engraved box around your coaster edge.
- Start the process and you can swap out coasters and double tap your “Start Button” on the side of the machine to do bulk runs.
Please remember to always shut the lid for your safety and the safety of others!