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Your Fablab: Laser Machine or 3D Printer?

3d laser vs laser New Learning Possibilities

Walk into almost any school fab lab or makerspace and you are likely to find one or more 3D printers—for good reason. They offer educators a cost-effective way to give students hands-on experience in STEAM subjects. But issues around print speed and uptime are prompting some schools to complement their 3D printers with laser machines, which open up new learning possibilities and have some distinct advantages over 3D printers.

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Lasers are up to 500x Faster

Foremost among these is speed. A 3D printer can take up to 24 hours to print a large object, because it works by slowly accreting filament. A laser machine, on the other hand, makes quick cuts from existing material—be it a sheet of plywood or cardboard—to form pieces that can then be assembled. “We made something with our 3D printer that was eight inches tall and it took about 10 hours,” said Alejandro Hernandez, an engineer with the Lennox Public Schools in Los Angeles. “With the laser machine, we can feed in a sheet of plywood and have a chair ready for assembly within 10 minutes.”

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Rapid Results

For educators dealing with an entire class of students, production speed is a major issue, especially when the emphasis is on project-based learning. “Speed definitely was a factor in our decision to purchase a laser machine,” said Hernandez. “It ensures that all students have their own projects and their own final result. We wouldn’t be able to do that with larger objects on our 3D printers.”

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Scale is the other significant advantage. The cutting beds of the laser machines used in education typically range from 18 x 12 inches to 48 x 36 inches, but these don’t limit the size of the end product. Students can design large objects—a giraffe, for example—using CAD software and then cut the parts needed from multiple sheets of plywood. “It was really important to us that we be able to do larger-scale projects with the laser,” said Hernandez.

2D Capabilities

Finally, a laser machine offers the ability to do engraving, a 2D skill that serves as an ideal student introduction to STEAM projects. An added benefit is that schools can bring all of their engraving needs in-house, whether it’s etching the school name on PCs, adding student names to sports trophies, or engraving memorial bricks and plaques for fund raisers. “We’ve done engravings on all kinds of materials,” said AleHernandez. “We even did engravings on marble plaques as thank-yous to our school board for setting up the program.”

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Summary

When comparing 3D printers to lasers, it’s quite hard to label one better than the other. Each have their own capabilities, therefore make a great pair for any makerspace. fablab or school shop.  Although lasers seem to

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Why is AP Lazer Better Than a 3D Printer for STEAM?

Like a 3D Printer, But Better

“The AP Lazer has the same basic science and engineering principals as a 3D printer. It features computer controlled three-axis motion, just like a 3D printer,” David Strickler, the president of AP Lazer, explained. “But it boasts more benefits that educators will find to be an advantage.”

At the recent Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC) held at the Orlando Orange County Convention Center in January, educators immediately recognized that AP Lazer has the high potential to strengthen students’ education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Additionally, it can assist schools with cost saving and revenue generation.

“The cutting and engraving speed of the laser is much faster than that of a 3D printer, up to 500x,” Strickler explains. Cutting a simple 3D letter with the AP Lazer takes seconds, a 3D printer takes hours to produce the same object. “This feature makes it possible for an entire class to complete their small projects within one class period. This just can not be done with one 3D printer.”

With the patented two-part architecture, AP Lazer can also complete much larger projects than you could ever dream of with a 3D printer. This means that a large 3D object constructed by AP Lazer’s 2D cutting is impossible for a school scale 3D printer to complete.

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So Many Applications, So Little Time

Educators are also excited by the endless applications. AP Lazer provides students the unique ability to learn STEAM through their interests. Theater students can use the laser to create sets, props, and costumes; athletes can engrave things like baseball bats, gloves, shoes and sports balls; artistic students can work on their design skills while producing art with the laser; the musically inclined can engrave inspirational quotes onto music instruments. The wide range of applications will attract students to learn the physics of CO2 lasers, three-axis motion and improve their ability to use computer software. The best part? “It’s easy enough for a 10-year-old to learn and use,” Strickler adds.

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An AP Lazer machine can save schools money and generate revenue. The filament for 3D printers can be expensive. In comparison, AP Lazer’s laser tube lasts ten thousand hours. Schools can produce their trophies, signage, wall of fame displays and more – a huge cost saver.  Revenue can be generated by charging fees for students to engrave their personal iPads, smartphones, or personalized gifts.

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Fundraising is Fun with AP Lazer

“My daughter raised $250 for Christmas gifts for homeless kids by selling 125 laser cut bracelets. It only took me five minutes to design, the AP Lazer did the rest in 10 minutes.” Tong Li, the inventor of the AP Lazer, said. A school could raise enough money for a playground by engraving donation clay bricks. In addition, they could raise money for their theater program by making or engraving and selling show related paraphernalia.

One FETC attendee commented, “yes, the possibilities are endless.”

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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.

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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. 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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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 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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Laser Engraver for Fab Labs

Laser Engravers for Fab Labs and Makerspaces

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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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What You Need to Know About Laser Engraving Bricks

laser engraving bricksIf you want to provide laser engraved bricks or pavers for fundraising campaigns, the first and most important thing you will need is a tool to engrave them. The cleanest and easiest method for doing the job is with a laser engraver for bricks.

Fundraising bricks are a great way for organizations to raise funds, and your business can make a substantial amount of money providing the finished bricks. Provide high quality, laser engraved bricks, and your customers will always be satisfied.

 

Who needs fundraising/donor bricks?
Donor Recognition
Hospitals
Memorials
Charitable Organizations
Parks and Recreation
Zoos
Sports Teams
Schools and Universities
Religious Organizations
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Laser Engraving vs. Sandblasting Bricks

Sandblasting bricks is a much more complicated process than laser engraving bricks. There are also risks involved: when sandblasting, bricks may chip or break away over time, causing the letters to become illegible. IOften times when sandblasting a filler is used (paint, epoxy, etc.) elements like sunlight, acid rain, and other harsh weather conditions will cause deterioration over time. If a filler is not used, moisture will get into the letters. If it freezes, or mildew/algae grow in the text, the brick will break down over time. Here are a few additional advantages to laser engraving bricks:

  • Laser engraving bricks are permanent and will last a lifetime.The laser beam actually melts the clay of the brick into glass, creating a material that is stronger than the brick itself.
  • Laser engraving is a natural process, and even considered “Green”! No solvents, paints or other materials are needed when engraving bricks.
  • Laser engraving bricks are low maintenance.
    A laser engraved brick produces a smooth, hard and permanent mark. Dirt and debris can easily be washed away. The mark will remain beautiful and clear for generations to come.
  • Laser engraving bricks offers more possibilities.
    Nearly any font can be used when engraving a brick. Logos, clip art and even custom artwork can be engraved into brick, providing your customer’s many options.
  • Diversification opportunities
    When you have a laser engraver for brick, you also have a machine that can alter the surface and look of dozens of other materials.

laser engraver for bricksThis photo shows the brick material turned into glass, the process of turning a substrate into glass is called “vitrification.” Notice how smooth and clean the engraving looks!

What to Look for in a Laser Engraver for Brick

A higher power laser, such as our 100w SN4836 is an excellent choice for engraving bricks. Brick engraving can be achieved with a lower power laser machine; however, you will more than likely need to do a few passes to create a desirable look. A large bed size will allow you to set up multiple bricks at once to complete a job more efficiently.

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Profit Potential When Brick Engraving

A quick online search shows companies charging anywhere from $13 – $50 per brick engraving, depending on the size of the brick and the complexity of the design. Considering it takes hundreds of bricks to create a sidewalk or walkway, a single brick engraving job could make you thousands! We have a few customers who have completely paid for their laser machine with just one or two brick orders.

Have you ever engraved brick? If so, share your tips in the comments below!

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4 Ways Your Funeral Home Can Rock a Laser Engraver (+ a Bonus!)

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As the funeral industry changes and evolves, personalization has become one of the trends that shouldn’t be ignored. Families want unique ways to honor their loved ones, resulting in a funeral that is not much of a funeral at all, but more so a life celebration.So maybe you’ve considered adding some technology to your operation, a piece of equipment that can personalize many products, materials, and experiences. Perhaps you’ve considered adding personalized laser engraving services to your offerings. But maybe, you don’t know where to start. So today, we’re sharing four ways you can utilize a laser engraving machine to help your families in their grieving process.

  1. Market the Heck out of Cremation (with personalization)

    Believe it or not, cremation can actually bring you success! Instead of just offering cremation, specialize in it. Many people who opt for cremation don’t necessarily choose it because it’s cheap. Although price is a major factor, memories of their loved one are more so. Instead of undervaluing cremation, put the value back into by showcasing a broad variety of cremation memorials and educating families on the importance of memorialization and personalization. A personalized laser engraving on an urn or memorial turns the ordinary into an extraordinary life tribute. Delight your families, and add hundreds of dollars of profit to your cremation sales. View SuperNova’s (our parent company) Cremation Solutions Catalog to see what kinds of products are available for your customers who choose cremation.
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  2. Promote Tribute Memorials with Tribute Videos

    If you’re already offering your families Tribute Videos, you’ve created the perfect opportunity to offer Tribute Memorials. While a video capture a lifetime of memories, a tribute memorial laser engraved with family photos and special memories will keep your customers’ memories alive forever and help in the grieving process. Families will have gone through years and years of photographs and will already have favorite photos and memories in mind. Get inspired with Tribute Memorials here.AP16_BLOG_lazerock_photos_Paetsch3

  3. Offer Pet Memorials

    The pet industry is huge! Lucky for you, it lacks pet memorialization options. As a Funeral Director, helping families with the loss of their pet will be 2nd nature. Team up with local vets and pet stores to offer beautiful laser engraved pet memorials. It’s a growing 12 billion dollar market you need to tap into.laser engraved pet memorial products

  4. Personalized Keepsakes

    It’s becoming a popular trend give funeral attendees a little something to take away, a trinket or keepsake to keep your departed loved on in their hearts after the funeral. It’s also a nice gesture of thanks for their support. A laser engraving can add a personal touch, making a keepsake even more special. We’re liking things like mini glass hearts, river rocks, and even a wooden bottle opener. All of these can be laser engraved with an AP Lazer.  laser engraved keepsakes

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Bonus! Diversify with a Laser Machine

Once you are successfully offering personalized laser engraved options for your families dealing with the loss of a loved one, you can then move into the diversification aspect of your laser machine. You’ve spent many years building loyalty and relationships with your community, and now is an ideal time to let that payoff! People love personalized gifts to remember the special events in their life: the birth of a child, christenings, birthdays, retirements and weddings just to name a few. Did you know that the average shopper spends $830 on gifts each year? Imagine if 250 of your customers spent just a quarter of that with you. That’s an extra $50,000 in additional revenue in just one year! (More than enough to pay for your laser machine!) What about all the funeral attendees in and out of your facility on a weekly basis?

As far as diversification goes, that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of profitable markets that are just waiting to be tapped into!

So there you have it, four ways your funeral home can rock a laser engraving machine and even a little bonus.

What other ways do you think you could use a laser engraver in your funeral home? Let us know in the comments below.

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