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Four Steps to Laser a Stamp

In CorelDRAW®, draw a box that is the size of the impression area of the stamp. Make sure the outline of the box is a hairline thickness for vector cutting. Inside the box, add the text or logo the stamp will print.

Four Steps to Laser a Stamp

By Mike Fruciano, LaserBits

(Originally published in the July 2015 issue of Recognition Review.)

  1. In CorelDRAW®, draw a box that is the size of the impression area of the stamp. Make sure the outline of the box is a hairline thickness for vector cutting. Inside the box, add the text or logo the stamp will print.
  2. Print the file to the laser and select ‘Preferences’ from the print screen. Set the engraving and cutting speed and power appropriate for your system. Select the Rubber Stamp mode and click the Invert and Mirror buttons. These features will prepare the file for engraving and create the beveled shoulder needed for stamps. Run the job.
  3. Use a soft brush to remove debris after engraving. The rubber stamp die can be washed with water and a cleaning product like Citrus Clean.
  4. Prepare the stamp unit for installation of the rubber stamp die by compressing it and pressing the lock button to hold it in position. Remove the paper on the die plate to reveal the adhesive. Press the rubber stamp die onto the die plate. To release the stamp unit from the locked position, compress it again and the stamp unit will extend into the normal ready position.

    If the background area (the engraved-away region) transfers when making a stamp impression, the engraving is not deep enough. Next time, slow the engraving speed to achieve deeper engraving of the rubber.

Selling Your Stamps

  1. Show Them Off. Ensure your customers and prospective customers know you make and sell stamps by including options and pricing in promotional materials, on your website, and in your showroom.
  2. Create Add-On Sales. Have a few minutes of downtime while you laser a job? Bring up some of your customer files to see how stamps might benefit them. You may be able to improve upon the stock stamps many paper-heavy industries use to mark incoming or outgoing documents by customizing them with the company’s name. A business that is moving may take you up on an offer to supply a number of new address stamps.
  3. Stay on Top of Trends. Pay attention to what your customers want on custom products you sell and the design trends you see elsewhere. If people want a given look on their phone case or purse, it may translate into a stamp. The popularity of monograms is a great example, and keeping a monogram stamp on your counter may inspire sales.

Mike Fruciano of LaserBits provided this TechTip, one of hundreds on his company’s website at www.laserbits.com. In addition to providing virtually every product a laser user could need, LaserBits gives visitors the advice they need to use each one successfully. Fruciano also shared his vast laser know-how through Laser University (www.laseru.com), a frequently updated learning site available to laser users 24/7. Visit www.laserbits.com to learn more and to browse through TechTips.

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