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Laser Engraving
Whether you are a laser pro or novice, there is always something new to learn about laser engraving. Whether it’s expanding your core market; adding new products like signage, gifts, or rubber stamps; or learning new techniques; these articles will help you maximize the productivity and profitability of your laser engraver. The complete library of articles is a benefit of membership.
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Where’s the beef? It’s in this very beefy project that, among other things, will detail a process for creating table tents with call numbers on them like those used by many fast-food locations.

Large franchise operations order these by the millions at a super cheap price, but smaller, local establishments often require quantities that can be profitable for laser owners, UV printers, sublimators, and other smaller-run personalization professionals.

Whether it’s to show school spirit or keep warm against a winter chill, few apparel items are as popular as the fleece jacket. But with this versatile fabric, jackets are only the beginning. Fleece can be used to make everything from slipper socks and mittens to blankets, dog toys, and heating pad covers. Regardless of how you use it, knowing how to personalize fleece—without jeopardizing the integrity of the fabric—is a useful skill for any retailer looking to add more apparel to their product offerings.

Combine UV-LED printing and laser engraving to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake that can be presented as an award or given as a cherished keepsake.

We’re going to create a full-color product with dimension and texture. Each element—from the photo to the text to the graphics—is personalized for the recipient. Creative pieces like these impress customers and make you stand out from the crowd.

Today, let’s stretch some of the new creative muscles found in more recent versions of CorelDRAW together. Not using the newest version? That’s OK—this also will reveal some of the useful, productive, enhanced features in tools that have been hiding in older CorelDRAW versions this entire time because the procedures in this article have been tested in CorelDRAW2018, CorelDRAW2017, and X8. Working in an older version than that? You can force older versions to duplicate the end result, but I suspect that many of you will consider upgrading to the current version of CorelDRAW after getting a feel for the upgraded tools it puts at our disposal.
Leather is a timeless substrate that looks rustic yet sophisticated when laser engraved. No wonder it's an incredibly popular medium for laser customization! Here are two projects perfect for the literary aficionados out there: leather bookmarks and journals, each personalized with laser engraving. These keepsakes are wonderful for the world's aspiring writers and avid readers.
Achieving a perfect, polished, laser-cut acrylic edge can be a challenging task for even the most advanced laser users because there are number of variables involved. You must use a high-quality acrylic appropriate for your application; determine the correct power, speed, and frequency settings; and select a suitable lens and table configuration, just to name a few. Below is a how-to guide to help any laser user achieve a flame-polished edge when laser cutting acrylic.
Engraving, etching, and cutting with a CO2 laser system is simple and fast. These versatile machines excel at engraving wood, glass, acrylic, specialty plastics, and many textiles.
We all know CO2 laser systems can be used to create remarkable projects. The technology’s versatility in engraving small, intricate patterns with accuracy continues to amaze me every day when I’m producing projects. As amazing as the CO2 laser is, it produces monochrome results. The laser cuts, etches, and engraves, but it cannot add color.
Rubber stamp manufacturers increasingly are turning to laser engraving to boost efficiency and remain competitive.
For awards and personalization retailers looking to expand their customer base, engravable plastics offer a world of creative possibilities. Already armed with rotary and laser engravers, retailers today are using plastics to create custom signage, awards, name badges, desk plates, and even electronic control panels, to name a few products.
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