We are pushing out lots of awesome custom designed wedding and birthday cake toppers here at CNCROi.com, here are two more we did to showcase what some of your options are.
Unlike the video, we’ll take a look at the custom CNC laser designed and cut wedding cake topper first. This was made out of 1/4″ (6 mm) birch plywood. Generally, we make these out of plywood, its lightweight, cost is more than affordable and the results look great!
Before we get too deep into this blog, a common question I get (among many) are why I suggest you don’t get one but two custom wedding cake toppers engraved by us. The reason is simple, these are difficult to clean and things happen during parties, it’s nice to have one that isn’t full of icing and cake to put in a wedding album. They will be identical in every way as far as cutting and engravings go, the difference will be in the wood grain and colors (it is a natural material after all).
The plywood we used for this wedding had a very nice subtle grain to it, so we knew the results would be awesome and just what the bride-to-be will be proud to have at her big event.
After the custom design was completed (you tell us what you want and we make it), the plywood was engraved and then it will be cut, to make sure absolute accuracy is achieved throughout the project.
The date of the wedding was October 9th, 2015. The bride gave me permission to post the production and end-results of their custom wedding cake topper, I just held onto the video and photographs till well after the event so as to not take away from the magic.
As you can see on the right, we used this plywood for a few other custom wedding and birthday cake toppers. This is probably the most environmentally friendly material and product we create here at CNCROi.com, we use every bit of the board and what’s left over is used to keep the shop warm or a nice fire with friends and family. There is ZERO waste.
This custom wedding cake topper has masking over it to ensure that the smoke during production doesn’t stain the wood, as you can see from the image below, there are bits of smoke all over the piece but once removed…
You have something that’s high contrast and looks absolutely amazing! The depth is consistent (one reason why we use plywood is consistency of material density) and the wood grain comes out across the entire wedding cake topper even from up-close.
Stepping back, you can see how memorable and custom this wedding cake topper will be at the party following the wedding.
You’ll notice how intricate we can go with the design, we’ve done some stuff at CNCROi.com that’s mind-blowing but weren’t given permission to share. We can develop the design with your help or you, if you happen to be a graphic designer, can come-up with a design that we’ll adapt to our laser, router and processes for optimal results.
Now that you know how custom wedding cake toppers are made, let’s take a look at custom birthday cake toppers! I wanted to show you the digital file, what you see in black in the image below is engraving, followed but cut lines in red (not all the way through), blue (all the way through) then green. Yes, this is design overkill but hey, we make to make an awesome product for you, the extra time we take to optimize a file to engrave and cut exactly as envisioned is why we produce superior products!
Like the custom wedding cake topper, this custom birthday cake topper starts with laser engraving through the masking paper which protects the surface from smoke and debris during production.
After that, you can see the date being inscribed, these are the red lines you saw in the digital file above. We don’t engrave this as it looks better scribed than engraved at that scale, yes, we care about the small stuff!
After inscription, it’s time to outline each and every letter, yes, this does add to production time BUT it helps create additional contrast around each letter which makes it pop-out all the more. There you go, two extra things we do to produce even better results!
Afterwards, the laser cuts out the inside followed by the outside of the plywood. This is to make sure any movement during production doesn’t make its way into the finished product.
You can clearly see how messy this entire process has become and, why we take the extra time to mask the entire project not just front but back as well!
Now, that isn’t something you’d want on any cake, and all that smoke it a pain to remove off the finished plywood, hence again, masking it all!
Now that production is all done, we’ll remove the mask, exposing the grain and quality of the wood underneath.
There you go, another awesome custom birthday cake topper!
You can clearly see the outline of the letters and the depth achieved in these photos, the goal isn’t to go as deep as possible as technically, our laser is more than powerful enough to engrave straight through the plywood in one pass, the goal is to create just enough depth to be easily read but not so much as it takes away from the overall esthetics of the piece.
This one was made slightly deeper than the custom wedding cake topper, just to see how different settings can affect the end-result in this blog. We always ask permission from our customers to do any production changes above the norm.
There you have it, how CNCROi.com makes awesome custom wedding and birthday cake toppers. Your wedding or birthday needs awesome cake toppers as well, contact us to make it possible!