What Can You Do With a Laser Cutter?

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laser cut polymer for stampsThe art of laser engraving and cutting is a unique and vast one.  It spans a lot of different mediums and serves a lot of different purposes.  Laser engraving can be used to design and create all kinds of custom gifts, keepsakes, and one-of-a-kind art pieces including engraved rolling pins, labelled glass spice jars, rubber stamps, wine glasses, shadow boxes, and so much more! If you are a DIY type learning how to use a laser engraver can be a really useful skill whether you’d like to create memorable gifts for family members and loved ones as a hobby or if you choose – to make money.  Either way, learning how to use a laser engraver could greatly impact your life! Since you’re just getting started let’s begin with the basics.  Here’s a great article on using a laser for rubber stamp making.  A CO2 laser will laser cut and engrave different polymers for beautiful stamps.

Laser engraving can be use on many different mediums including; wood, plastic, leather, fabric, acrylic, coated metals, ceramics, and of course rubber.  If you’re also interested in laser cutting there are a few different mediums for that too including; wood, plastic, cloth, paper, rubber, cork, acrylic, leather, melamine, and more. Laser cutting is used primarily by artists and engineers but people who don’t consider themselves either one of these things can enjoy it as well. A laser cutter is a prototyping and manufacturing tool that rasters and etches designs using heat from thin, focuses laser beams.  Laser cutting is a great way for artists and designers to create their works in a powerful and dynamic way.

Laser cutters and engravers work a lot like a printer.  In order to make the most of their technology you’ll need some kind of software to create your designs on. There are many different laser cutting design software options out there including Adobe Illustrator. When finding the best software program for you keep in mind that most programs are divided into two main groups – 2D and 3D laser machines.  Be sure to read reviews before buying one.  Check out this CamFIVE review.  Think about the kind of work you’ll be doing before selecting the program that’s right for you.  Once you’ve created your design and you’re ready to bring it to life keep in mind that only the thinnest lines will be cut by the laser.  Every other design element or line with a different thickness other than those that register as “hairline” will be rasterized. Rasterizing is when an image stored as an outline is converted into pixels that can be displayed on [Read the rest]

How to Set Up a Laser Engraving Business At Home!

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Buying a hobby laser can be a great idea if you plan to do some at-home engraving. However, have you ever thought about how your part-time hobby could turn into a full-time career? If you are handy at using a laser engraver you could in fact use that at home and set up a little laser engraving business. Anything is possible and the best thing is that you don’t really need a huge amount of investment if it’s not available to you. Read on and find out how you can set up a laser engraving business at home.

Buy a Used Laser Machine

Laser engravers can end up costing thousands and thousands of dollars to purchase new – it could potentially be around ten thousand – and it’s a lot better to opt for used. Of course, if you have the extra funds available you could spend the extra money on a laser engraver but again it’s not always viable. Renting a laser for a little while is also a possibility but of course you have to think about the costs long and short-term in order to find the very best course of action. Buying a used hobby laser might not sound ideal especially when starting up a new business but it can be far better. You can actually save yourself a fortune and when there is extra money to spend you could go ahead and upgrade.  Read review of laser cutters before deciding on a specific company or laser cutter.  See this review here:  https://www.hobbylasercutter.com.

Practice with the Machine

If you have only ever used a laser engraver once or twice before then it isn’t always going to be practical to use in your business straight away. For instance, if you are asked to engrave a special item such as a bracelet you might want to get in a few hours of practice first before tackling the real thing. This will help ensure you fully understand and are aware how the engraver workers. What is more, you can ensure the hobby laser is practical and suits your needs too. It’s best to practice with it to make sure you know how it works before tackling real items.

Market Wisely

Next, it is a necessity to ensure you market your business well. This essentially means you have to look at local marketing first. You can get local customers first and until you establish yourself as an engraver stick with smaller jobs. When you have gotten a little more experience behind you, you could move onto bigger jobs. However, again, marketing is a crucial factor here. You could look into … [Read the rest]

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