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Creating with your Laser Cutter or Engraver

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Laser cutters or engravers come in various price ranges – from $60 to $1,000 or more. Laser cutters or engravers that come in at the lower price point can typically only engrave a small area. Before purchasing, it is important to consider what you would like to use the machine for or the possibilities of what you can create so that you can pick out the perfect machine for your needs.   Wood Creations –   When planning your project, it is important to pick your wood wisely. Not all types of wood work perfect with engraving. The ideal type of wood would be lighter in color, not heavy in grain or coarse and will come with a resin content that is higher.   There are different ways you can tell the amount of resin a piece of wood contains. One method you can use is to compare pieces of the same species – the lighter the piece is, indicates a lower resin count. Another way to compare is to do a burn test on the flip side that in which you intend to engrave.   With a laser engraver or cutter you are able to take and add a personalized touch whether it be a logo, photo, or custom design to any wood piece. Whether you create a personalized set of coasters or a cutting board for a gift, a sign for your storefront, or add detail to a wooden bench there are many possibilities.   Metal Creations –   It is hard for find a type of metal that is not able to be laser engraved. Types of metal that work well, include: carbon steel, aluminum, gold, silver, platinum, titanium, stainless steel, copper, and palladium just to name a few.   Items that you will see commonly engraved using metal include: dog tags, medical tags, plaques, pen sets, awards, picture frames, jewelry, and ornaments.   Leather Creations –   When you want to use a laser engraver on leather or suede, it is important that you use the real material and not faux.  Faux does not engrave as well, and it has the ability to produce nasty byproducts.   Wallets, belts, and coasters are some of the leather items that are more frequently engraved.   A laser engraver or cutter has the ability to work with various materials and can produce excellent gifts or décor for your home. Take your time and compare laser cutters or engravers before purchasing to ensure that it will be able to engrave what you would like for it to.
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