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Customer Success Story: Mike Mims, Cherokee Caskets

cherokee casket successWe got a chance to share another feature on Performance TV with one of our outstanding customers, Mike Mims. Mike’s business, Cherokee Caskets, purchased the SN4836 laser machine 2 years ago, and has been thrilled with it ever since. He’s been so busy with engraving, cutting, and etching with his AP Lazer; he’s even thinking of getting another. The AP Lazer has empowered him to engrave caskets, urns, monuments, and even something as delicate as engraving images onto poster board to be displayed at memorials services.

Early Adopter

Mike was one of the first in the industry to adopt this new technology and it’s given him an edge over his “slower to adapt” competition. Mike, by his own admission, is not someone who is particularly tech savvy, but even he found the AP Lazer easy to learn and use. He mentions that our wonderful tech support has given him every bit of help he could ever need.

Mike has this to say about AP Lazer:

“We bought our AP Lazer about 2 years ago. We’ve been excited since the first day we brought it into our place and can’t live without it. There are so many people in the industry that can take advantage of additional revenues AP Lazer provides.”

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Diversification Opportunities!

Since appearing on Performance TV, Mike’s laser offerings have expanded so much that he has started a new business, Cherokee Laser & Engravings. Find them on Facebook here. They are having huge success with laser engraving stainless steel mugs, signage and even pyrex dishes! Keep up the good work, Mike!

What’s your Lazer success story? Let us know in the comments below.

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Customer Success Story: Okeechobee Funeral Home

customer success storyWe join Matt Buxton of Okeechobee Funeral Home on Performance TV, where he shares the success he’s had using our AP Lazer and how it’s empowered his business to diversify business and offer new products. From caskets to granite monuments and even cut and engraved wooden roses for the bereaved, our laser is helping Matt produce a variety of personalized goods. AP Lazer has added so much value to his products and made diversification a breeze.

In regards to the value AP Lazer has brought to his business, Matt had this to say:
“In Most cases I will add a $65 engraving charge to an urn, but I am finding that most of the time I am giving the engraving away. By doing that, I am selling more urns. I had a family that originally was going with a cardboard minimum container and when I offered the engraving at no charge, the decided to go with a $325 MDF urn that I pay about $40 for. That is extra money that I otherwise would not have been able to make.”

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Matt has also started his own line of custom wooden cremation urns, great for families who may not be able to afford the more expensive urns or granite monuments. The urns are first cut, then personalized with photos and text with the AP Lazer. The only thing our laser machine can’t do is glue them together!

laser engraved wood urns

It’s easy to see how an AP Lazer could add value to your business as it did Matt’s. AP Lazer gives businesses the opportunity to diversify into new, profitable markets, regardless of the industry. Are you a funeral home looking for inspiration? Check out Four Ways Your Funeral Home can Rock a Laser.

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Laser Engravers for Fab Labs and Makerspaces

Laser Engraver for Fab LabsLaser Engravers for Fab Labs or Makerspaces

A high-precision laser machine produces both functional and beautiful items, making it one of the most used tools in a fab lab. It’s ability to cut and engrave dozens of materials allows anyone with access to one to quickly go into production with whatever designs they can dream up. Thinking about a laser engraver for your fab lab or makerspace? Read on!

What is a Fab lab or Makerspace?

Simply put, a fab lab or makerspace is a small scale workshop where people from the local community come together to create and share knowledge. Whether one’s interests include woodworking, machining, ceramics, crafts, sewing or anything else that involves creating something, there’s something for everyone.

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What’s in a Makerspace?

A makerspace is usually equipped with a wide variety of CNC tools such as routers, mills, 3D printers, and of course, a laser engraving and cutting machine. What else is in a makerspace? Tons and tons of creativity, along with members who are eager to meet, collaborate and socialize.

Whether your medium is wood, metal, plastic, paper, or fabric, fab labs and makerspaces make it easy to turn these everyday materials into something special. While Fab labs and makerspaces can’t compete in mass production (in terms of cost effectiveness), they have a huge edge in giving access to a small scale means of production. This is ideal for people who can’t afford to mass produce their products and projects

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Customer spotlight : Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub

We spoke with Joel Gordon, the director of the Launch Pad, a 6,000 sq ft. makerspace at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub in Little Rock Arkansas. They offer classes for both adults and children in laser cutting and design, 3-D design, CNC, carpentry, welding and much more. The Launch Pad also offer a work space, design space and a list of equipment far too long to list! Perhaps the most important machine available is AP Lazer’s SN4836 100w laser engraving machine. Joel had this to say about their AP Lazer:

“Our AP Lazer is easily the most used tool in our inventory. Whether making a simple engraving, or cutting a complex component in wood or acrylic, our members love the laser. It’s versatile, approachable and gives the user rapid results. Our laser class is now a prerequisite to our CNC class. The laser gives the students an opportunity to develop “Design Thinking”. It helps to teach an understanding of the X, Y, and Z axes without learning a complex operating system like our CNC router. The variety of materials it can cut and engrave is amazing. We use it to make trophies for our after school students, summer camps and robotics competitions.”

He also says:

“Being our most used tool, the laser has to be reliable. It runs great and the few times we have had an issue that required repairs, we contacted customer service and they resolved the problem.”…

“Our laser class is always full, in fact, we are hoping to purchase another AP Lazer in the near future.”

“We are currently using our AP Lazer to create plaques for the local Ronald McDonald House supporting the families of patients at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.”

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Thanks, Joel! We’re glad you like it. If you’d like more information about the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub you can find their website at arhub.org.

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I run a fab lab/makerspace, is an AP Lazer right for me?

Well in short, yes! AP Lazer’s patented open architecture offers users the most versatility and freedom. With little no no no size or weight limitations, they can cut and engrave nearly any size item. Additionally, AP Lazer’s tech support is second to none and will offer you unparalleled customer service and support. Our la ser machines come with on-site setup assistance and training, a 3-year parts warranty, 2-year tube and mirror warranty, 1-year lens warranty, and 24/7 technical support. All users gain instant access to AP Lazer University, an online portal for learning all things laser.

How can I find a Fab Lab near me?

The best place to start if you’re looking for a fab lab or makerspace near you by visiting this website. With over 120 fablabs in the US, there is bound to be one near you!

Have you ever been to a fab lab or makerspace? If so, what was your favorite tool available? Let us know in the comments.

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customer spotlight - davinchi lazerworks

Customer Spotlight : DaVinchi Lazerworks

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Founded in early 2014, DaVinchi Lazerworks, located in Baltimore, Maryland is quickly seeing the opportunities their AP Lazer system brings them. Their laser engraving machine was purchased with high hopes that it could bring some interest to their newly founded company and, like all businesses, generate profit.

Once they completed the initial training process and became familiar with the operation of their laser machine it wasn’t long before they decided it was time to take their business to the next level. They partnered with Chesapeake Monuments, an existing company also located in the Baltimore area, and began producing all of their laser engraving jobs.

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Partnering with Chesapeake Monuments was an ideal business opportunity for DaVinchi, as all models of AP Lazer are designed to handle large, bulky items such as personal monuments and tombstones, like the ones Chesapeake Monument offers.

In addition to monument work, DaVinchi Lazerworks has also completed many plaques and signs for large corporations such as John Hopkins Hospital. They are currently receiving orders within the state of Maryland, but they have the capabilities and plans to service other customers in surrounding states.

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What they have to say about AP Lazer

“AP Lazer has a very high quality product compared to some of the other machines out there on the market. Their prices are very competitive and the customer service is outstanding.”

AP Lazer offers businesses and individuals to produce products in just about any market space. With personalization and customization becoming the norm, now is the time to integrate powerful laser equipment into your existing or new business. Whether you are a hobbyist looking for a new business idea or a multi-million dollar company seeking permanent branding on your products, an AP Lazer is a powerful machine that can stream line your processes and offer cutting edge technology.

“We see the future of our business [continuing] to grow [as] we get our name out into the public more and expand our clientele.”

states Konstantin Bozhko, owner of DaVinchi Lazerworks. DaVinchi Lazerworks is located at 11417 Reisterstown Rd in Baltimore, Maryland. They can be reached by phone at: (305) 814-9340, by email (customgranitemd@gmail.com), or by visiting their Facebook page.