Things to consider when selecting a laser engraver

The development of laser technology means that the engraving process has been simplified even more. They are now much easier to operate and therefore more user-friendly. There are many types of laser machines on today’s market (click here to view many types). These choices can range is a variety of sizes ranging from handheld to large industrial machines. The more modern handheld machines have become the most popular method in the industry to use. However, the size of the machine largely depends on your needs. 

The size of the machine

The size of the machine you require will largely depend on the size of the material you will be using.

A bigger material will require a bigger bed and thus a larger machine. The bed needs to be bigger than the finished size of the product. A bigger machine will allow you to cut a bigger material as well as smaller ones and even complete multiple smaller tasks at the same time. These machines are very innovative tools as they can be used a wide variety of materials and thus are versatile when completing jobs. 

It can be used on many applications

There are many applications on which laser engraving can be used on and thus this machine is much more versatile for marking unique materials. It is an ideal choice for custom and personalized work. Popularly used on wood, metals, plastics, glass, acrylic, fabric, cardboard and stone. This method of engraving can engrave dozens of materials.

Other important factors to consider include:

  • Power
  • Speed
  • Cost
  • Maintenance feasibility
  • Picking a reliable company

Power

The power of the machine is measured in watts. The more powerful the laser means it can cut and engrave faster.  A tip is to check the wattage of the machine and if it can be upgraded in the future. 

Speed

The higher the speed of the machine the more quickly it can complete work. Laser machines are more productive as they work faster. They are ideally suited in producing high quantities of small-sized items quickly. 

Cost

A lower quality machine may be cheaper. However, it is possible to get a high-quality machine at a reasonable price. The cost of the machine you purchase will depend on the budget you have available to invest. 

Maintenance

All machines whether they are high or low quality will require regular maintenance from things like wear and tear. However, a lower quality machine will break down more than a higher quality one. 

Do your research to pick a reputable company

There is a large selection of companies that sell these machines. It is important to pick one with a good reputation for customer service after the purchase from them. This is important should a problem arise with your machine you will need support. Many good companies have videos on their website of how to repair the machine as well as how to operate it effectively. As mentioned before it is important to check if the company manufactures the parts because this will make it easier to source parts and repair.