OUR NEW LASER ENGRAVER – A REALLY COMPLICATED PRINTER ON STEROIDS
They said it was just like using a printer. And it kind of is…
A REALLY COMPLICATED PRINTER ON STEROIDS!
A printer with lots of diverse settings that have to be adjusted for power and speed and resolution and dithering effect, and, and, and… Not just that…those things (and more) have to be re-calibrated for each different type of material you are “printing” onto.
For example; the settings you might use to achieve the perfect depth of burn of a logo on birch might be entirely different from the settings you would choose for that same image on say, walnut or bass wood. Much less, leather or cardboard! Additionally, the settings you might use to achieve the desired shade and intensity in a plaque, expressing a sentiment in words, using a specific font, would be entirely WRONG for the correct pixelation needed for a logo or graphic, where white space around each pixel is not only desirable, but required, in order to achieve the best results.
So, ya…this machine is industrial-grade and takes quite a bit of training and experimentation in order to come up to speed so that we can comfortably add laser-engraving services to my current offering. But I’m excited by the possibilities!
We have been practicing on glass, ceramic and stone tiles, and have some acrylic sheeting on order, so that we can learn on those, too.
We haven’t even tried cutting out shapes with the laser engraver, yet. That’s coming next!
I’ll keep you posted.
This is kind of fun…but tricky, too!
I’d love to hear your thoughts!