Some of the most common questions I am asked are: Can I afford a laser engraver? What can I do with a laser engraver?
How hard is it to learn to use a laser machine? In this post I will try to answer these questions.In today’s economy, starting your
own business with a laser machine has become increasingly popular for people from a wide variety of backgrounds. There are
young entrepreneurs who found the existing job market is not enticing enough for them and are looking for new ways express
their ideas and abilities. There are also those people who have had enough of stress of working for someone else and want to
become their own bosses. Then there are those who are looking to retire but don’t want to retire completely and are looking for
enjoyable ways to make their golden years more productive. Laser machines which were at one time exclusively used in large
industrial businesses, have found their way into small businesses and many garages, basements and small offices in the home.
Whatever your situation is, here are the top 3 reasons that I have found as to why a laser engraver may be the right choice for you.
1. Cost-In recent years the cost of buying laser machines have been reduced dramatically. As laser technology has developed over the years, the cost of many of the components used in building a laser machine has gone down sharply. For example, stepper or servo motor technology used in almost all machines, at one time cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to purchase and implement into a machine. Today, stepper motors can be purchased for a few dollars. Imports from China have also helped to bring the cost of laser engravers down. Machines that at one time cost tens of thousands of dollars are now available for less than the cost of a family vacation.
2. Flexibility-CO2 lasers have the ability to mark or engrave almost any material. Lasers are used for engraving wood, plastics,fabric, rubber, cork, anodized aluminum, leather, bricks, mirrors and paper, just to mention a few. Since lasers have been around for many years, quite a few materials have been developed specifically for laser engravers such as, multiple layered acrylics with various colors, ceramic tiles which can be laser engraved directly, or even spray on coatings for marking most metals directly. Since laser machine costs have been reduced dramatically, the cost of higher powered lasers have also been reduced. 60 watt lasers are quite common place and can cut up to 1/2’acrylic or wood. With the ability to cut or engrave these wide varieties of materials, the only limitation is your own imagination.
3. Ease of Use-As I explained in my last post, laser engraving machines are really quite simple and anyone very quickly can
understand how they operate. The key to using a laser engraver to its fullest extent is the software. Easy to understand software
with simple controls is readably available. Just the fact that you are reading my blog post on your computer shows that you have
a good understanding of computer software and have all the tools necessary to operate a laser engraver. On top of that, there are also literally thousands of premade files available that are designed already for use in laser machines. Most reputable laser machine suppliers will also include training as part of the cost of a machine.
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