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laser engraved pet products

Personalized Pet Products for People Who Like Pets More Than Humans

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As the pet product market surpasses $60 billion it’s no secret that Americans enjoy spending money on their furry friends. Today’s buyers are seeking personalized products and when it comes to things for their pets, that trend is no different. Whether someone is a cat lover, a dog person, a horse enthusiast or a reptile junkie, one thing is for certain: a personalized product will most often outsell its non-personalized counterpart. On average, personalized products sell for 4x the amount of non-personalized products. We’ve gathered 10 pet products for both pets and pet lovers that can be made personalized (and more profitable!) with the help of a laser engraving and cutting machine.

Laser Cut Acrylic Silhouette Clock

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It’s multi-purpose! It’s both a clock and a beautiful wall decoration that any pet owner would be happy to hang in their home. Laser cut acrylic means that there are dozens of colors to choose from when creating a silhouette of any animal in the entire animal kingdom, even narwhals.

Laser Engraved Rolling Pin

Laser Engraved rolling pinWe’ve featured these laser embossed rolling pins a few other times on our blog; we really like them! This particular rolling pin would be great for making special treats for your pet, but also an ideal gift for someone who likes to bake.

Laser Engraved Crystal Ornaments

laser engraved glass ornamentChristmas is a special time of year for both pet parents and pets alike. In a survey conducted by Rover.com, 95% of pet owners extend their holiday gift giving to their furry friends. What better way to celebrate and honor your pet than with a lovely laser cut wooden ornament. Personalize with a pet’s name or make it simple and engrave something like “We Love Our Yellow Lab”.

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Laser Engraved Dog Collars

laser engraved leather collarNobody is happy when Fido gets out and runs away. Rest assured you will be reunited when your pet has a personalized collar. Not only will your pup be safe, but he will also be in style! Many materials can be engraved including leather and metal, all resulting in a uniquely personalized animal accessory.

Bonus: Pet Product Branding

One customer is using AP Lazer to brand their dog collars. Lazer Brite is able to use AP Lazer’s features to their advantage: by setting up an array of plastic clips, they are able to engrave hundreds at once! Branding your products will immediately increase it’s perceived value and create brand loyalty amongst your products.

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Laser Engraved Treat Canister

laser engraved treat canisterTreat?! Did you say treat?! Glass is classy and engraves beautifully. Laser etching glass or crystal leaves a frosty mark on the surface that stands out, yet is smooth to the touch.

Laser Engraved Wooden Photo Frame

laser engraved wooden photo frameWith the number of photos pet owners have stored on their smartphones combined with the fact that there are real life pet social media stars, it’s a given that personalized photo frames are a popular item among pet owners. Personalize with animal quotes, breed of animal or even an animal’s name.

Laser Engraved Wine Glass

laser etched wine glassWe’d guess there is a large percentage of the population that happens to be both an animal lover and a wine lover. These laser engraved wine glasses can retail up to 5x the cost of the glass itself.

Laser Engraved Home Decor

laser engraved home decorAnimal lovers want you to know that they love animals, and a laser engraved piece of art for home is one way to show your passion for animals while making your house a home at the same time. The great thing about laser engraving is that you can design the file once, then use it over and over to create a perfect engraving every time!

Laser Cut Giraffe Bookshelf

Laser Cut Giraffe

This larger than life laser cut giraffe bookshelf is a great example creating fun and useful products. If you can make a giraffe, you can make an elephant, a dog, a cat and even a three-toed sloth.  Even better, you can make this bookshelf out of wood, acrylic, and even cardboard.

Laser Engraved Pet Memorials

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Easily engraved by a laser engraving machine, a memorial is a great way to commemorate a pet just as you would a family member. There are many styles of memorials available, from mini upright monuments, shaped flat markers to plaques perfect for displaying on a mantle inside.

Are you ready for AP Lazer to take your pet products to the next level? Request a consultation with an expert today.

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6 Laser Engraving Websites to Check Out

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When you’re as into laser engraving and cutting as we are, you’re always looking for incredibly unique items that can be laser engraved/cut. Because a laser engraving machine can alter just about any material, there are hundreds upon hundreds of things you can create. A couple of Google searches resulted in quite a few makers using lasers to create some very interesting pieces.

1. Jumbie Industries

Jumbie Industries hits the nail on the head for producing incredibly awesome custom laser engraved stuff. They specialize in sign making (and have a gallery to prove it) and hand-crafted manufactured pieces.  aser engraved signageThe best part? They are helping families along the way. After the son of their family friend had been diagnosed with brain cancer, they made the decision to put their professional talents to use and make a difference by donating a portion of each sale to local families that are battling cancer. The world needs more people like them.

2. 52 Lasers

52 Lasers is a perfect website to visit if you have a few minutes hours to spare. Each week, the husband and wife team selects one thing from their long list of ideas to laser engrave/cut and turns it into a finished product. laser cut Kumihimo From wood to acrylic and everything in between, this duo creates things we’ve never even thought of with their laser engraving machine. What is a Kumihimo disk, anyways? What about a living hinge? See all of this and more at their website.

3. Obrary

We can’t get enough Obrary! Short for “Open Library”, this site has over 100 free design templates and video tutorials for laser engraving some pretty cool projects like this laser cut skateboard rack.laser cut skateboard rackNot only do they provide free project templates, but they also have a few eBooks that could be helpful for the beginner laser engraver, including “Laser Cutter 101”, “Laser Cutter Advanced Techniques” and “Starting a Business with a Laser Cutter”.

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4. Cut Laser Cut

These guys are specialists when it comes to laser cutting and engraving! Located in London, this award-winning shop does it all. laser cut marque signageWe spent quite a bit of time admiring their Showcase, which includes everything from laser cut acrylic shoes, intricate laser cut paper designs, and even laser cut food. (Yummy!) Check out their blog too, where they’ve got tons more inspiration for your laser engraving dreams, such as this laser cut marquee signage.

5. Cartonus

Focused primarily on packaging, Cartonus offers a variety of free templates as well as templates you can purchase. For around $15, you can get 150 designs to laser cut your own unique packages. laser cut wine butler

Who wouldn’t want a laser cut tea bag dispenser? Or a laser cut wine butler? The best thing about templates is that you can use them over and over. And over again!

6. Instructables

Instructables is another website you could spend the better part of your afternoon exploring. A simple search for “laser engraving” results in user submitted projects ranging from laser engraved rolling pins to …a laser engraved egg? laser cut vinyl

Projects feature photos with detailed instructions you can follow along to create both useful and fun things you can create with your laser engraving machine.

This collection of laser cut item goes to show you that your imagination is the only limit with a laser engraving machine. Engrave every dream, every inspiration onto nearly any surface.

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AP Lazer: The Ultimate STEAM Machine

laser machines for educationWhat do laser machines have to do with STEAM?

An essential part of how innovation arises from STEAM-based projects is the process of “making”. Making is simply hands-on creation – building a scale model or prototype, for instance – and much of it happens in “makerspaces” or “Fab Labs” (short for fabrication). Makerspaces are today’s new technology workshops guided by STEAM principles. In nearly every makerspace, you’re bound to find at least a 3D printer and vinyl cutter, maybe some Arduino or Little Bits kits, and – if you’re lucky – the ultimate STEAM tool: a laser machine.

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With the ability to cut or engrave nearly any material, laser machines are truly the greatest STEAM tool on the market. But don’t take just our word for it. In an article for MakeZine.com, California high school math teacher and “Maker Educator” Casey Shea wrote, “If money were no object, the laser cutter would be my No. 1 tool, as it is perhaps the most versatile tool that I have ever used.”

In an article from 2009, by Mike Dean for SouthEast Education Network, laser machines got rave reviews from both administrators and students. Now you know it has to be good if both teenagers and their authority figures can agree on it.

Dark Steel Robotics, a student robotics team at the Academy of Engineering and Design Technology, found their laser machine to be crucial for their work – using it to create prototypes, cut out “numerous complex components”, and add logos to their robots.

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Club president Bryan Uber told Dean, “We use the system for a variety of applications — the machine is necessary for so many of the projects we do.” Regarding placing first in the Boston University Design Challenge, Uber said, “The laser engraver was an invaluable tool during this project.” 

students with laser machineAdministrators from the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center in Hancock County, West Virginia also had glowing remarks about their laser machine. Instructor of building construction Steve Shannon told Dean the following.

The students are all very eager to learn to use the laser. Not only are they intrigued by how it works, but they also realize the many opportunities that a laser machine opens for them out in the world. Some of them see it and immediately think of how to start a small business using it, while some see it as a useful tool for existing enterprises.”

George Danford, director of the Career Center, told Dean:

“The number of things we could find to use this machine for are countless!

There isn’t a program offered today which hasn’t been changed with the incorporation of technology. This is why we selected a laser engraving system, and it has definitely improved our curriculum.”

Alright, I’m convinced. How can I get a laser machine?

Whether you’re looking to add a laser machine to your school or want to start a community makerspace, the first step of purchasing a laser machine is choosing the right one. We offer five models at AP Lazer, which you can easily compare using this handy matrix.

While the upfront costs of purchasing a laser machine can be difficult to navigate on a school budget, know that with this technology, you get what you pay for, and AP Lazer offers the best technology on the market.

Take for instance young entrepreneur Nurul Syazninabila Mohd Ghazali (aka Nabila). According to Cuts Studio: Laser cutting made cool by Lydia Koh, when Nabila first started her laser cutting and woodworking business, she went with a cheaper machine. It ended up breaking. In six months. Don’t make the same mistake as Nabila and invest in an AP Lazer machine from the start.

With STEAM momentum only continuing to build, some teachers are finding success in grant writing to fund their Fab Labs. And if that doesn’t work, take a page from Shea’s book and show your school how much money they could save by having a laser machine. From no longer needing to outsource campus signage, to easily customizing whiteboards for specific lessons, your school will only find more and more ways for your AP Lazer machine to save money.

Why choose an AP Lazer machine?

As a result of revolutionary engineering by founder Tong Li, AP Lazer machines offer exceptional performance, stability, and efficiency that you won’t find elsewhere. Our technology lasts longer and cuts two times faster than competitors. Our unprecedented open architecture design allows you to engrave items of any size. Look here to see what other features make the AP Lazer difference.

Not only are our machines outstanding, but we also offer the best in customer service. Between set-up assistance, video tutorials, AP Lazer University, and 24/7 phone tech support, we’ll answer all questions and solve any problems.


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Oh, and did we mention, educators get a 10% discount with AP Lazer?

So what are you waiting for?! Contact us today to find out how you can get your hands on an AP Lazer machine.

Additional Links and Resources:
STEM to STEAM
STEAM Education
Engaging Students in the STEM Classroom Through “Making”
Pivot Point: At the Crossroads of STEM, STEAM and Arts Integration
STEAM Funding Endorsed BY NEA
STEAM Ahead: Merging Arts and Science Education
Gaining STEAM: Teaching Science Through Art

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10 Upcycling Ideas for Earth Day

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Celebrate Earth Day this year by using your AP Lazer to upcycle old materials you have lying around the house. Not quite sure what upcycling is? Just check out these 10 cool ideas that we found.

1. Bland Jacket → Edgy Accessory

drawn lasercut jacket

For inspiration on how to upgrade your old attire, take a look at some of the pretty incredible laser cut pieces that fashion designer Elvira ‘t Hart is creating in the Netherlands. (Be aware of the type of fabric and whether there is plastic/PVC/vinyl involved at it can be harmful to you and you laser machine.)

2. Wood Scraps → Funky Jewelry

Use up any small scraps of wood you have leftover from your last project to laser cut some fun new jewelry! Charms are easy to throw onto a chain or cord for a necklace, but we really like Esty user CliveRoddy’s neat-o stackable landscape rings.

3. Mismatched Silverware → Garden Markers

Donnadiddit laser etched garden markers:

We found this idea from designer, fabricator, and laser lover, Donna Diddit. Although these are no longer available at her online store, you can take a look at these handy and crafty garden markers on her Pinterest page. Get your own ready just in time for spring planting!

4. Cardboard Boxes → Animal Head Decorations

 

Sure, you could pay up to $60 for one of those trendy cardboard deer heads from a retailer like Uncommon Goods. Or you could just use Instructables user Soupraok’s free template and tutorial to make your own, basically for free. Condense steps 2-4 into one process by using your AP Lazer to cut out all the pieces perfectly!

5. Cardboard Boxes → Lamp Shades

Say you’re not into the whole animal head idea, but you’ve still got all this extra cardboard lying around. Turns out that cardboard lampshades – i.e., “scraplights” – are just as trendy! And with some of them pricing well into hundreds of dollars, even we’re wondering if we should’ve gone into the lamp business… A simple design, something like David Graas’s “Not a lamp”, is a great starting place.

6. Spare Glass Jars → Labeled Storage

Picture of Repurposed Etched Glass Spice Jars...

WUVIE on Instructables used a process of stencils and etching cream to create these Starbucks-bottles-turned-spice-jars. But you’re clever and know that you can skip the fuss and mess by etching your extra glass jars and bottles with your AP Lazer and rotary device. Storing your bulk spices, grains, and baking needs has never been easier or more organized.

7. Empty Wine Bottles → Flower Vases

If you’ve got a bunch of empty wine bottles lying around, we won’t judge. Use your AP Lazer and rotary device to turn those extra bottles into beautiful, decorative vases. Avid upcycler Johnnie Collier of Saved By Love Creations also went the etching cream route for her bottles, but with an AP Lazer, you can go doily decorative, functionally labeled, or seasonally festive with yours.

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8. Extra Fabric → Basically Anything

As a creative crafter, you already know that Pinterest has 1,001 projects for you to use up scrap fabric. However, arguably the worst part of any of these projects is cutting out your pieces. But with your AP Lazer, it’s suddenly a breeze to crank out as many of the exact same pieces as you could ever need! Snag some free state outline vectors to get started on your own Scrap Map, like the one created by The little green bean on Hometalk.

9. Old Phone Case → New Phone Case

Sure, this one’s a bit of a stretch as far as upcycling goes, but making something old *feel* new – even if you’re still using it for the same purpose – is the whole point, right? At the moment, wood is definitely the most popular choice for laser engraved phone cases (like the incredible Laser9 one you see here). But with an AP Lazer, you can update yours even if it’s leather, silicone, or metal.

10. Old Paper → New Wall Art

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Remember anything can up-cycled with just a little time and a dream. Turn that finger painting your kid did when they were two into a neat decor piece that you all can enjoy in their new apartment. (Photo from Silvia Raga.)

So let’s see what you make! Share your projects with us by uploading a photo and tagging us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or LinkedIn.