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Laser Engraving

Whether you are a laser pro or novice, there is always something new to learn about laser engraving. Whether it’s expanding your core market; adding new products like signage, gifts, or rubber stamps; or learning new techniques; these articles will help you maximize the productivity and profitability of your laser engraver.

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When it comes to personalized products in the sports and academic field, and beyond, tumblers stand out as not only a popular choice for keeping beverages at the desired temperature but also as an excellent canvas for personalization. Vacuum-insulated tumblers have been on the market for a decade or more. Many thought they would be a passing fad, but this type of beverageware has proven its staying power.

Combining UV printing and laser cutting is ushering in new opportunities for exciting acrylic finishes. In many ways, the dual processes are a perfect match: UV printing uses special inks that are cured with ultraviolet light, resulting in vibrant colors and sharp graphics. Laser cutting, meanwhile, allows for precise cuts through acrylic materials of any thickness, allowing you to create intricate designs and shapes that would be difficult—maybe impossible—to achieve with traditional cutting methods.

With holiday gifts, some people are planners and others, quite frankly, are not. Personalization businesses are familiar with both types. Clearly, most businesses would prefer to create as many personalized gifts as possible—as early as possible—for the early birds who know what they want and are thinking ahead. But businesses can’t afford to turn down last-minute orders, even if it means burning the midnight oil.

When DJ and Judi Brown started their business in 2006, they were a small operation that used a foil press to personalize small items like napkins, ribbons and cards. Bit by bit, their business—which was called Getting Personal Imprinting at the time—grew as they added services, such as applying photos to porcelain, mugs and other items.

There is no historical record, but it’s not hard to imagine: An early ancestor chips away at a piece of flint—and bashes a finger in the process. As long as humans have had tools, we have had to figure out the best ways to use them safely.

Having both a laser engraver and a UV printer allows for some creative experimentation and expanded product offerings. One of the most intriguing techniques has been combining laser engraving and UV printing by using the rotary attachments to combine both machines on a single stainless steel bottle. I have a vast catalog of digital artwork, all created in Photoshop, all with multiple layers. By separating the layers, it’s fairly simple to design a job that incorporates the UV printer and laser engraver together. As long as there are clearly defined layers where one layer can be printed in full color and another laser-engraved in black and white, you are ready to go.

Southern Trophy House, Inc. is not a new name to Nashville. The shop has been around since 1960 and was even owned for a time in the 1980s by Bill Pace, a retired NFL and college football coach. Eventually, it ended up in the Brown family’s hands in 1990, where it’s remained ever since.

(Originally printed in the January/February 2023 issue of Insights.)

Personalization shops have been adding in-house rubber stamp making for many years. Shop owners have realized that producing stamps is an easy way to add a new profit center and expand the store’s existing customer base without a large equipment expense. This article will look at why a shop should start selling custom-made stamps and the most common methods for production.

The first thing to know about Moonlight Laserworks, LLC, is that it’s off the beaten path.

Plastics might have a reputation for being tame or average looking, but that’s not the case anymore. Retailers are creating advanced plastic designs that can rival other finishes.

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