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Maker Studio | Trotec Speedy 400


The Trotec Speedy 400 laser engraver is used for engraving and cutting various materials. See your technician for details on the full list of acceptable materials to use in the laser cutter.


  • Materials: Acrylic, cardboard, ceramic, fabric, felt, lamacoids,leather, glass (no heat resistant glass), trolase, solid wood, plywood
  • Software: Illustrator, Photoshop, CorelDraw, Microsoft Word, Acrobat.
  • File types: .ai, .psd, .pdf, .cdr, .eps, .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .png, .gif, .tiff, .jpg, .bmp, .ps, .cpt
  • Machine details: Maximum area 24 × 39 inches
  • Production time: Dependent on the project scale, speed of engraving/cutting based on optimal settings for material, 1-200 minutes.


  1. Choose the material that you will be using and provide an MSDS and Proof of purchase/ bill of sale to Maker Studio Staff to review.
  2. Create or upload your design in Adobe Illustrator software or any supported software listed above (Adobe Illustrator is recommended).
  3. Change your document colour settings to RGB. This is how the laser cutter will understand where to cut, engrave, or etch.
  4. Indicate on your design where you would like to cut or engrave by changing the colours and stroke weight to:
    • Cut: RBG 255 Red, stroke = .001
    • Engrave: RBG 255 Blue, stroke = .025 or larger
  5. Export your Illustrator file (.ai) by selecting print.
  6. Printing dialog box opens, click Setup..., click Preferences, then set material size to the size of your art board. Click OK to exit, and then click Print. Once you return to the Illustrator Print box, select Media Size as “ Defined by User”. You are now ready to click print.
  7. JobControl will auto populate and you must now select the settings for your material that you are cutting/engraving.
  8. If you have questions about what cutting tool is best for your idea, please discuss your project with Maker Studio staff before using the tools