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How a Laser Cutter can Diversify Your Woodworking Business

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Diversification is a hot topic among woodworkers. As with any industry, there will be changing trends and evolving technology to meet the demands of your customers. Acquiring a laser cutting and engraving machine can help diversify many aspects of your current business. (Or even, help you start a new one!)  Today we’re sharing five areas where a laser machine can help your business increase profits and customer satisfaction while making you stand out from your competitors.
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Add to Your Service Offerings with a Laser Cutter

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. Items like cutting boards, children’s toys, home decor, furniture all go WAY up in value with a personalized laser engraving is added.

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Diversify your Material Offerings with a Laser Cutter

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 dozens 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.

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Increase your Product Line with a Laser Cutter

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. Think about all of the low cost, high profit items you can offer!

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Pivot as Demands Change with a Laser Cutter

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.

Improve Your Bottom Line with a Laser Cutter

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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Get into High Profit Markets with a Laser Cutter

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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 promise to deliver that!

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Whether you want to diversify your business by adding products, services, new customers and markets to your company’s offerings, a laser cutter will help achieve those goals. 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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How to Add (even more!) Profit to Popular Wood Products

add profit to wood productsA 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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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7 Awesome 3D Laser Products made with a Laser Engraving Machine

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Instant 3D Laser Gratification

Imagine creating products with materials designed to last a long time, getting them faster than ordering on Amazon Prime, and costing much less than what you can but in a store!

We’ve searched high and low on the web and found some of the most impressive 3D laser cut products. If you need a reason to purchase a laser engraving machine instead of a 3D printer, hopefully, these will sway you in the right direction.

Laser Cut Wood Pivoting Box

We can think of plenty of things one could put in this box; sewing accessories, makeup, fishing lures, craft items,  miniature army men and maybe even a picnic lunch or even an extensive button collection. When it boils down to it, a box is the next best invention next to the wheel, right?
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Laser Cut Wood Laptop Stand

Considering 78% of adults under the age of 30 own a laptop, it’s fair to say that 100% of them need a laser cut laptop stand. This laser cut wooden laptop stand made by lasercuttinglab.com is unique and functional. Avoid leg burns when you get sucked into their website that contains a plethora of laser cut and engraved eye candy.
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Laser Cut Cardboard Piggybank

Put all of the money you save creating this laser cut cardboard piggy bank, into the piggy bank. We found this one available from Etsy shop, gaBotteShop. If you’ve decided to order things off of Amazon, (there are bound to be things that you just can’t create with a laser) you probably have lots of cardboard laying around just waiting to be laser cut.
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Laser Cut Cardboard Airplane Halloween Costume

Do you find yourself putting all of your creative energy to the creation of your children’s Halloween costumes come October? We’re confident that if you put your child in a 3D laser cut airplane costume, he will win every Halloween costume contest there ever was.
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Laser Cut Wood 6 Packer

With craft breweries gaining in popularity, It’s no wonder we’re drawn to this nifty wooden laser cut 6 packer. Laser cutting proves to be one of the best methods of creating 3D products out of 2D materials; for example, the 6 Packer is completely parametric. You can change material thickness, bottle diameter, fastener size, hand grip size re-render and cut out using your favorite laser cutter. Grab 6 of your favorite brews, pop them in this handy carrier and take them wherever you need to go.
laser cut wood 6 packerWe found this on thingverse.com, and if you already own a laser cutter, you can make it yourself with the provided template.

Laser Cut Acrylic Table Numbers

Elegantly send wedding guests in the right direction. Table numbers are a must have at all weddings, particularly useful if you have a pre-reception cocktail hour!  These beauties, from Etsy shop ElegantLaserDesigns combine laser cutting acrylic and laser engraving acrylic to produce a beautiful detail for any wedding.

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Laser Cut Leather Bandana

Into fashion? A laser cutting machine would look great next to your sewing machine. This leather scarf, sold by & Other Stories could be easily replicated with a piece of leather and intricate design of your choice. Lasers are excellent for both cutting and engraving leather, so the fashion capabilities are pretty broad. Imagine the kind of motorcycle chaps you could create!
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Who needs a 3D laser printer when you can create 3D products with a 2D laser engraving machine? On top of creating 3D products, a laser machine allows you to work with a larger variety of materials like leather, paper and fabric and can produce products useful for every day use. Create 100’s of pieces in the time it takes a 3D laser printer to create a few. It provides more accuracy and is over all, a more versatile tool than a 3D printer.

What would you create with a laser?

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Laser Engraving Wood with AP Lazer

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Laser Engraving Wood

In spite of all the design, craftsmanship, and effort that is involved, woodworking is a tough business that generally has low margins. Consider laser engraving wood. You can dramatically increase the profit on the wooden products you design, create and offer.

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Woodworking in America is a business that goes back for centuries. It’s a core industry to our economy, supplying businesses and consumers with a wealth of well-designed wood products such as furniture, cabinets, flooring, tools, construction materials, picture frames – the list goes on.

During the last 100 years, wood product production techniques have remained roughly the same regarding the process – cutting, joining, and finishing. It’s time to look at the woodworking industry differently and find ways to innovate and make your business more profitable.

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Personalizaton: A Growing Industry

Participate in the rapidly growing personalization trend in the U.S. and increase value when you add highly detailed, laser engraved graphics and text. Consumers love to see their name, personal image, or business logo on the products they buy. Additionally, laser engraving on wood is a great way for a business to brand products with their logo or company name and information.

laser engraved woodWood product producers have yet to capitalize on the personalization trend because machines aren’t yet adopted as a production tool in the woodworking industry. Laser engraving wood can occur on a finished product as the final step before delivery, or insert it into the workflow just before staining and clear coating.

Laser engraving wood is a profitable process you can incorporate into your business. It can double or triple the value of a product. From wood plaques, cabinets, panels and doors to granite, auto parts and iPhone cases, the emotional response to seeing a personalized product is tremendous. Consumers are willing to pay a significantly higher price for personalized laser engraved items.

Photo courtesy of MD Custom Engravings
Photo courtesy of MD Custom Engravings

Diversification with a Laser Machine

Not only can you add value to your existing wood product offerings, but you can diversify into new markets with little to no overhead costs. Tap into signage, pet products, awards/trophies and many more markets with a laser engraving machine. Your imagination is the limit!

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Profit Impact

What is the profit impact of doubling or tripling the value of your product with laser engravings? The laser machine has a very low operating cost.Your time to develop a personal image or text, running the machine, and electricity costs. There are no consumable materials when laser engraving wood. Almost all of the increase in value comes to you in the form of profit!

Don’t miss the opportunity to innovate and diversify your woodworking business. Implement a laser engraving machine and capitalize on the personalization trend.

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