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4 New Year’s Resolutions That Will Lead to Success in 2017!

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1.  Buy An AP Lazer Machine

If ever you were going to stick to a New Year’s Resolution, this would be the one. This resolution will be more successful than last year’s on-again-off-again diet, and you’ll see the results almost immediately. If you need any help convincing yourself or your business partner, take a look at all of our blog posts. You can lease-to-own a brand new AP Lazer machine for less per month than you can buy a new car, with a much better return on investment. All of our machines come with in person, on-site assistance, US based tech support, access to AP Lazer University and one of the best warranties in the industry.  As an added bonus we’re always generating new ideas on how to make money with the AP Lazer. That’s kind of like buying a new car that includes an auto-pilot feature which can take you to where the money trees grow.

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2.  Start a Business

Not as easy as the first resolution. But so worth it. Who doesn’t want to have their own business? Make your own hours, and a salary that is dependent on your own willingness to succeed. Sure it’s work, but anything good in life takes work.

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This business you are opening can be a trophy shop or maybe it’s a wood crafting shop. Maybe it’s an auto customization shop. Regardless of your plan, AP Lazer will fit to you and your experiences and goals. Many customers have purchased an AP Lazer to be the center of their new business, and even more customers have purchased it to supplement and grow their current business. If you already have a business and want a laser but can’t quite figure out if it’s right for you, give us a call and a representative will help you on your path to success.

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3.  Pay For The AP Lazer Machine With The AP Lazer Machine

Yeah, you read that right! The AP Lazer will more than pay for itself. All it takes is a couple of laser jobs per month and you are on your way to paying off the machine, especially if you opt for one of our leasing programs. AP Lazer machines boast some unique features that will set you apart from other laser machines and give you the ability to make money fast. Realizing the potential and taking advantage of our patented open-architecture is extremely valuable and will provide you with many opportunities your competitors can’t provide. A few lucrative business opportunities that will allow you to pay off your laser machine in little time are: signage, memorial products and donation bricks.

One AP Lazer customer completed brick-engravinga 1000 charity brick walkway job and received $30 per engraved brick. The job took 12 days to complete, running the machine about 10 hours a day (85 bricks per day). 1000 bricks were purchased in bulk for $600.  Aside from electricity and labor costs, the company profited roughly $28k, enough to pay for his laser machine!

4.  Make Loads of Money Having Fun With Lasers

This is the best part. Anyone who has ever been a fan of Star Wars or sci-fi in general can get excited about working with a laser. (The good thing is, is that anyone who is not a Star Wars fan will sill have just as much fun working with the laser.) Sadly it doesn’t make a “pew pew” noise, but if you listen closely you may be able to hear a “cha-ching!”

15 Laser Engraved Holiday Gifts Your Customers Will Love

laser engraved holiday giftsIf you have a laser cutting machine, when the holiday season rolls around you’re as busy as an elf in Santa’s workshop making all sorts of personalized gifts for all the good boys and girls, right?

After a few hours sipping on a hot toddy, admiring the glistening lights on our Christmas tree while perfect little feathery snowflakes fell to the ground and faint Christmas music filled the air. browsing the web, we found the BEST of the best laser engraved Christmas gift ideas to share with our readers. So without further adieu, here’s 15 laser engraved gifts your customers will love!

Laser Engraved Pie Plate

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When the celebration is over, you won’t be left wondering who left their pie dish behind if it’s laser engraved.  Whether the pie be pumpkin, apple, peach or mincemeat (yuck!) any delicious dessert baked in this dish will arrive at the party in style.

Laser Engraved Personalized Door Mat

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Both classy and functional, this personalized door mat is one of our favorites. Your visitors will know they’re in the right place and feel warmly welcomed all at the same time. Since the laser beam actually burns the fibers in the rug, it will never get worn off by your house guests.

Laser Engraved Leather Dog Collar

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Amidst all of the hustle and bustle, you can’t forget about the 4 legged creatures that have been extra good this year! Leather is a material that is very easy to laser engrave and yields great results every time. Not only are these dog collars stylish, but they are practical, too.

3D Map Wall Art

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These maps are a perfect example of the detail and complexity one can achieve with a laser cutting machine. These maps feature multi-level laser cut wood pieces assembled perfectly to create a stunning piece of wall art. Talk about a conversation piece!

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Custom Laser Engraved Cutting Board

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This would literally make every mom in the world cry.  There is no better way save your mini Picasso’s artwork, than to laser engrave it on to say, a cutting board. A gift like this would make a good Mother’s Day gift, birthday gift, or everyday surprise for the mom who already has it all.

Laser Cut Felt Coasters

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One of the best ways to deal with family members that you don’t particularly care for (we all have a few of them, don’t we?) is to just drink until you can tolerate them. That’s when these laser cut felt coasters could come in handy.  These coasters will not only save your table top, but are also a super festive decoration.

Laser Cut Mustache Comb

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“The male beard communicates a heroic image of the independent, sturdy and resourceful pioneer. Ready, willing and able to do manly things. Whether the recipient has a  full beard, goatee or just a mustache every man wants to hold the look that they are creating.”  We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Laser Etched Cell Phone Cases

Nowadays no one leaves home without their phone. By gifting someone a laser engraved cell phone case, you’ll be sure to be giving them a gift they’ll take with them everywhere. Great for kids who’ve recently moved out!  They’ll never forget to call mom and dad since they’ll have a constant reminder whenever they reach for their phone!

Laser Cut Picture Frame

Grandma and Grandpa always want pictures of the grandkids for Christmas/birthdays/mothers day.. for any occasion, really. A great photo needs a great frame! This personalized picture frame is the perfect gift that will warm their hearts without burning your wallet.

Personalized Beer Mug

Parents have to share almost everything, which is why fathers LOVE things that are just theirs. Dad’s chair, Dad’s tools, and of course Dad’s mug. A personalized beer mug lets everyone know it’s his and makes sure he always has his frosty mug for that cold beer at the end of a long day. Maybe after a few, he won’t mind sharing so much!

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Laser Engraved Football

We all have a sporting weekend warrior in the family. Whether it’s your brother-in-law on the flag football team, The dad on the local softball team, or the sister who’s the captain of the high school soccer team, a personalized ball is something every sports nut will absolutely love.

Laser Cut Earrings

Laser cut earring are great for that special someone this holiday season. With limitless design possibilities from the super simple to the ultra complex, laser cut earrings and other jewelry are a great way to show someone you care with something as beautiful as they are. Create earrings out of wood, acrylic leather or the dozen of other materials AP Lazer can cut.

Laser Engraved Leatherman

Everyone has a handyman in the family, and just about every handyman seems to have one of these great multipurpose tools with them at all times. Now your family handyman can always be prepared to spring into action at any given moment with a personalized Leatherman they’re sure to love.

Laser Cut Snowflake Ornaments

Ornaments for the tree always make a great gift, and they’ll mean that much more when you’ve made them yourself. These great keepsakes will make an excellent addition to anyone’s tree, reminding them of you every time they look at them.

Laser Cut Wall Art

For those with a more artistic flair, a piece of laser cut wall art would be the icing on the cake. Simple, easy, and inexpensive, a piece of lasered wall art will make an excellent addition to just about anyone’s home as well as serve as a fantastic conversation piece.

A laser cutting machine will allow you to make your customers look really good. When they’re gifting the best gifts at the party, they’ll leave everyone else wishing they would have thought to get grandma a personalized gift that brought tears to her eyes. You know what that means? Next Christmas, everyone will be coming to you asking for laser engraving services…Score!

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Buy a Laser Cutter in 2016, Here’s Why.

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Post Election Laser Cutter Savings

No matter where you stand on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, one thing is for certain. You deserve a discount (and a laser cutter!) for surviving what many Americans are calling the weirdest and most fascinating cultural and political event many of us will ever witness!

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Now through December 29, 2016, take $2,017 off the SN4836 Laser Cutter and Engraver.

We’re hopeful for what the future has in store not only for America but your business. Together, we can make 2017 a successful year.

Section 179 Tax Incentive

Thanks to the new guidelines under IRS Section 179 of the IRS tax code, you can now write off up to $500,000 in new equipment purchases on your 2016 IRS tax return, in the first year it is placed into service. Read more details about Section 179 here.

Based on this Section 179 Calculator, cash savings for our laser cutting equipment can be up to $25,346. Now that is a serious incentive!

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Free Shipping

It’s been a long time since we offered our popular free shipping promotion, so claim it while you can! There’s really not much more to say about this one, so onto the next! (On the SN4836 only.)

See it, to Believe it

Dying to see an AP Lazer in action? Come visit us in Lansing, Michigan to spend a day with our team learning about and seeing the AP Lazer in action.

your invited!

The best part? We’ll deduct your travel expenses from your machine purchase.

We are extremely proud of our products and we hope you will be as equally thrilled when you see the versatility, power and capabilities our machines offer. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit, email us. (We cover air fare and hotel stay.)

Get Ahead of the Game for 2017

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This is the most important reason to purchase a laser cutter now. It beats any sale, promotion or tax incentive available.The sooner you get a laser machine, the sooner you can start making a profit right away! While others are eating Christmas cookies and making paper snowflakes, you can be planning for the success of your business in 2017. A new year means new opportunities and a fresh slate for your business.

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Why a Laser Engraved Gift is the Best Kind of Gift

laser engraver giftsWe all have a special someone in our lives that is hard to buy for. No matter how long you search, the perfect gift can’t found. What do you get someone that already has everything? A laser engraved personalized gift may be your answer!

1. A laser engraved gift shows that you really made an effort

Sure, things like gift cards are extremely convenient when you just don’t know what to get a friend or family member. But they are also one of the most impersonal gifts you can give. When you choose a special gift and then have it personalized with a laser engraving machine it will truly show the recipient that you wanted to give them something extra special.

2. The recipient will never forget you

When the birthday girl goes home and sorts through all of her gifts, your personalized gift will truly stand out among the rest. After all, that is what a good gift is supposed to do, right? Whenever the recipient sees your special laser engraved gift, she will ultimately think of you, especially when they’re making their favorite casserole!

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3. Personalized gifts are often kept forever

Not only are personalized gifts cherished, they also tend to never go “out-of-style.” A laser engraved gift is something that can’t be re-gifted at the next white elephant Christmas exchange your crazy Aunt Betty hosts. That is unless your name also happens to be Betty.

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4. A huge selection of items can be personalized

Because a laser engraver can engrave and cut dozens of materials, the list of gifts that can be personalized is virtually endless! Photo frames, keepsake boxes, cutting boards, glass ornaments, leather book covers, electronics, jewelry, and sports memorabilia can all be laser engraved to create an extra special, one-of-a-kind gift.

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5. Perfect for any occasion

A laser engraved gift is ideal for the many occasions that happen throughout our lives. The birth of a child, a baptism, birthdays, weddings, housewarming, anniversaries, promotions and even retirements can all be honored in a special way with a personalized gift. Rest assured, you will never run out of ideas.

Using a laser engraver to provide personalized gifts is an entire market in and of itself. People spend hundreds of dollars on gifts for their friends and family each year and you can tap into the huge profit potential that come along with it!

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How a Laser Cutter can Diversify Your Woodworking Business

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Diversification is a hot topic among woodworkers. Should you keep trucking along doing the same ol’, same ol’, or should you consider spreading your wings and taking a leap with new products and offerings? Based on the phrase “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket,” the latter of the two is probably your best bet. Enter laser cutter.
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A Laser Cutter Allows You to Diversify your Material Offerings

Although your material of choice is more than likely wood, expanding your material offerings is a significant step to diversifying. The same machine that can cut and engrave wood can also cut and engrave acrylic, leather, and a handful of other materials. If you can operate a laser cutting machine, it is only a matter of changing a few settings when you move from wood to a different material. See a few of the materials that can be cut or engraved with AP Lazer here.

A Laser Cutter can Increase your Product Line

Due to its accuracy and precision, a laser cutting machine makes it possible to offer a whole range of wooden products you haven’t yet been able to offer. A laser can cut to a thousandth of an inch, making intricate cuts as easy as pie.

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A Laser Cutter Allows You Pivot as Demands Change

If demand for one side of your business begins to dry up, having something to fall back on means you can pivot your business’ focus to different markets and stay afloat. With a laser cutting machine, you can quickly move from one material or product to the next with little downtime and virtually no learning curve.

A Laser Cutter can Add to Your Service Offerings

Excite your clients, new and old, with personalized laser engraving and cutting services. Personalization is a hot market trend that shows no signs of slowing down.Strengthen your relationship with your clients and discourage them from looking elsewhere to have their needs met when you can offer what they want.

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A Laser Cutter can Improve Your Bottom Line

With accuracy you won’t find with any other equipment and functions similar to a printer, a laser engraving machine will stream line your processes. Cut and engrave simultaneously in a matter of minutes. Since the wood is incinerated by the laser beam, clean up is a breeze.

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A Laser Cutter can be Your Ticket into High Profit Markets

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Especially our laser! With an open architecture design, rest assured you can tackle any job. From huge signage, (wood, acrylic and even granite) to custom engravings on furniture pieces, AP Lazer can do what other “boxed-up” laser machines can’t. A larger machine ultimately means more significant profit capabilities, and we can promise to deliver that!

Whether you want to diversify your business by adding products, services, new customers and markets to your company’s offerings, a laser cutter and engraver is a piece of equipment that can add profit in all of those areas. Can you think of any other piece of equipment that has that capability? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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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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5 Halloween Inspired Laser Cut Projects

laser cut halloween projectsWith Halloween creeping up on us, what better way to acknowledge the spookiness that ensues other than with laser cut and engraved goodies. Here at AP Lazer, we’ve done our fair share of ghoulish things with our laser cutter and engraver… Like the time we laser engraved a variety of candy bars, or that one time we laser engraved a pumpkin.

This year, instead of gorging ourselves on lasered candy bars and pumpkin seeds, we searched the spiderwebs, interwebs and found some devilish items you can do with your own laser cutting machine.

Laser Cut Paper Lanterns

These paper lanterns are perfect for adding a spooky touch to your home or office. You’ll need some black paper, a few sheets of velum and a battery operated tea light candle and a laser cutter for paper to produce your own unique paper lanterns.  Of course with an AP Lazer your paper lanterns can be customized to any design you like!

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Elegant Laser Cut “Masquerade” Mask

These gorgeous masks can be made extremely cheaply and are guaranteed to turn heads whether your Halloween is a black tie affair or a friend’s Halloween house party. This particular one was made by laser cutting acrylic and using a heat gun to mold the flat mask to fit the face. We’re not sure who would really take the time to do this, but it’s super cool none the less and proves that you can use a laser cutting machine to construct just about anything you want.

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Laser Cut Retro Plane Costume

This project definitely not for those looking for something quick but will certainly get you noticed given the dedication. Designed by Aiden Chopra after a of WWII era fighter plane, this cardboard plane is made of 58 individually laser cut cardboard pieces and designs. An incredibly detailed walk-through can be found here.

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Cardboard Skull Pencil Holder

Thing number 924893 on Thingverse is this mysterious pencil holder created from laser cut cardboard. Add a little hocus pocus to your home office – all the while organizing all of your utensils.

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P.S If you haven’t read up on the history of Sugar Skulls, they stem from a very interesting South Mexico holiday and tradition. Read about it here.

Laser Cut Halloween Cards

Everyone loves greeting cards, but can we all admit that they mean so much more when they’re homemade? Or, in this instance, laser-made! From the spider web to the intricate haunted house, a laser cutter is a great tool to produce such intricate artwork. And, you can produce them on mass; they will be perfect ever time. Good luck creating this look with an X-acto knife!

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That rounds up our favorite Halloween items created with a laser cutting and engraving machine. As you can see, there is no limit to what you can create with a laser machine!

Have some wicked ideas for creating laser inspired Halloween goods? Share them in the comments below!

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How to Add (even more!) Profit to Popular Wood Products

add profit to woodA laser machine is a tool every woodworker needs. This single tool can both laser cut wood and laser engrave wood with speed and accuracy you can’t achieve with any other woodworking tools.If you’re a woodworker you are probably familiar with wooden products that are popular among consumers. What you may not be aware of, is that there is a way to add even more profit to these already popular products! How is this, you ask? By offering laser cut and engraved wooden products.

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Today we’re showcasing seven of the best selling wood products, and how you can add even more profit to each of them with a laser cutter and engraver for wood.

Wooden Toys for Children

Who wants cheaply made plastic toys from across the world when you can give your children hand crafted wooden toys? They are all-natural, timeless, durable and not to mention, no batteries required! As if gift-givers across the U.S. aren’t already spending enough on wooden toys for children, using a laser engraver for wood to add a child’s name to a special toy ramps up the price even more.

laser engraved wooden toy

Laser Cut Wood Signs

The possibilities with wooden signage are endless. Both beautiful and functional, a wooden sign adds a bit of charm to any decor. Many popular sign shops on Etsy offer painted signs; however, you can set yourself apart with laser engraved signage! If you have an eye for fonts and composition, your signs will come out perfect EVERY TIME, thanks to the accuracy of the laser machine.
Bonus: Produce laser cut wood signage for a fresh pinterest-worthy product!

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Rolling Pins

This is quite a niche market, but many successful shops are mastering this art! With just a little bit of imagination and a laser engraving machine, one can make the world better, one cookie at a time. The laser engraves deep enough to make a beautiful imprint on pastries, fondants and even play doh. Wood is a natural material and the laser just vaporizes the wood, so this baker’s tool is 100% food safe!

laser engraved rolling pin

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Home Decor – Laser Cut Wood!

The variety of style combined with the laser’s ability to laser cut and engrave dozens of materials makes home decor items a tremendous opportunity for woodworkers. Add personalization, such as family names or anniversary dates to home decor items for a meaningful and sentimental gift. From photo frames and cutting boards to wooden clocks and bookshelves, a bit of laser artwork will turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, check out this laser cut wood clock!

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Stands (iPad, book & phone)

Since roughly 92% of the population have cell phones, and 48% own a tablet, it’s no wonder stands for these devices is an attractive product! The flat surface of a stand is a perfect canvas for adding a personalized laser engraving. You could even use the cutting function of a laser to cut out stand on mass! Most laser engraving machines are capable of cutting and engraving simultaneously, making creation a speedy process! Laser cut wood; then laser engrave wood all in one pass!

laser engraved tablet stand

Chests

Whether a chest is used as a keepsake chest, a blanket chest, toy box or a hope chest, this wooden product is one that usually sticks around. Adding a family name, or an inspirational quote to the inside or top of a chest instantly turns a chest into a family heirloom. With 1000’s of fonts to choose from, the possibilities are endless for laser engraved personalization. AP Lazer’s open architecture, two-part design makes engraving on large objects like furniture easy as pie!

laser engraved chest

Gifts for Babies and Children

When a baby is born, new moms and dads are overloaded with gifts for their precious little bundle of dirty diapers and crying at all hours of the night joy. Put those rattles, bibs and burp rags to shame with wooden baby gifts personalized with the sweet baby’s name and date of birth. Wooden baby blocks, nursery decor, and even wooden rocking chairs are all sentimental gifts that can bring you in high profits just by adding a little bit of laser engraved personalization!

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So there you have it, seven hot wood products with larger than normal profit capabilities with help from a laser cutting and engraving machine. Whether you are a hobbyist or professional woodworker, there are plenty of items not showcased in this article just waiting to be personalized with laser engraved artwork. With the ability to engrave high detailed artwork and intricate cuts, your possibilities are endless!

Are you adding laser engraved personalization to your wood products? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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Put the “S” in STEAM with a Laser Engraving Machine

laser steam toolGetting students excited about Science has proven to be a battle for primary, secondary and even post-secondary education teachers and administrators. Because of this, STEAM education is rising in popularity; some even say the concept is vital to our future, and the future of our children. But how do we recruit the children of today into the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics?

The complexity of this challenge is immense. It is hard enough to get kids attention for even 5 seconds let alone get their attention for enough time to discuss academically complex subjects in the areas of STEAM.

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One way to get kids attention is to say the word “laser.” Yes, that is right! Just say the word “laser” and you will not only get kids’ attentions but keep it.

Lasers: The Ultimate STEAM Machine

This article series will cover each STEAM subject and relate how the laser cutting and engraving machine can help educators excite students when teaching complex subjects. Naturally, we’re starting with Science.

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What science exists in the laser machine?

Physics

The laser beam is light physics generated in a controlled tube, a key component of the laser machine. Students can learn the laser beam is generated by exciting a gas (CO2) that is contained in the tube with a power supply. The beam is then bounced back and forth at light speed to concentrate the beam and then allows a portion of the beam to escape the end of the tube.

Electricity

Another important part of the laser machine is electricity. The power supply can be presented in a learning diagram of how the energy from regional power plants transmit power via power lines to your house with transformers that step down the voltage to 110 volts. The AP Lazer machine converts this energy to a precise amount to excite the laser tube.

Mirrors

What is used to bounce the laser beam from the back of the machine angularly to the front nozzle and down to the work product? Mirrors. This is an interesting discussion of how a simple mirror can reflect a powerful laser beam. (Just like the shield of Captain America!)

Refraction and Light Science

A focusing lens is situated in the nozzle just above the material to focus the intensity of the laser beam to a concentrated point. The lens in a laser cutting machine is a convex mirror. A diagram easily shows how individual light photon beams that are parallel can be concentrated to a point based on the curvature of the lens.

Material Science

What happens to a piece of wood, glass, plastic or even granite when a laser beam hits it? Because each material reacts differently to the laser beam, engraving and cutting different materials is an exciting educational exercise in material science. Why does wood vaporize? That’s a fun question to answer when you are testing with a laser machine!

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There are much more advanced subjects that can be discussed in the realm of Science when considering a laser cutting and engraving machine for your classroom. If you are a secondary or post-secondary teacher interested in integrating a laser machine for STEAM education, we’d love to assist in creating a comprehensive science curriculum in partnership with you.

The STEAM initiative is at the heart of AP Lazer’s commitment and involvement in the education industry; we want the children of today to be excited about what the future of tomorrow holds.

Want to get your students excited about Science? Give us a call at 800-585-8617 or shoot us an email.

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