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Why the Laser Engraving Industry is Here to Stay

Posted July 16, 2017 12:00 AM by Epilog Laser
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Laser engraving has transformed from a niche technology used by a handful of businesses and craftspeople to a widely used method for designing many aspects of one’s surroundings. Over the past decade, laser engraving has taken hold in many industries around the globe, finding its way into applications too numerous to count. While it’s certainly logical to assume that laser engraving is here to stay, a closer look at a few of the top applications for the technology helps to underscore that point.

1) Deterring forgery and theft. This is one of the most valuable applications of laser engraving, with implications for businesses, government organizations and personal users. The ability to add a name, serial number, company logo or other identifying mark is a powerful tool in the fight against counterfeiting and theft.

Image caption: All types of barcodes, serial numbers and logos can be engraved with the laser. (Source: Epilog Laser)

2) Increasing personalization. Laser engraving allows people to inexpensively create personalized electronics cases, one-of-a-kind wedding favors from champagne flutes to chocolate bars, and 3D-relief carvings, amongst other unique creations.

Image caption: Powder-coated water bottles customized with an Epilog laser. (Source: Epilog Laser)

3) The Maker Movement. In an era where all manner of how-to information is at our fingertips, the ranks of independent inventors, designers and tinkerers are swelling like never before. Epilog, with its strong commitment to hobbyists, has long been a supporter of the Maker Movement.

Image caption: Epilog Laser’s booth at a recent Maker Faire event. (Source: Epilog Laser)

Learn more about Epilog Laser and how the company is contributing to the growth in the laser engraving industry.

Editor's note: This is a sponsored blog post from Epilog Laser.

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Maker Faire Brings Laser Engraving Action to the DIYers

Posted June 25, 2017 12:00 AM by Epilog Laser
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Every year hundreds of Maker Faires take place around the world—San Francisco, New York, China, Germany, France, and countless other locations. Families, enthusiasts, hobbyists and DIYers gather in the spirit of creativity to celebrate the Maker Movement. The fairs, which range from mini-events conducted by communities and schools to all-out flagship festivities set up by the Maker Media team itself, are progressive showcases that display new technologies, innovations, and experimentations across the fields of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft. (If you haven’t been to a Maker Faire yet, you need to get there!)

Figure 1: Things you can make with a laser engraver.

If you do find yourself at an upcoming Maker Faire, you may run into Epilog Laser – a well-established company in the laser system space – creating samples for giveaways, and educating attendees about how affordable a high-speed, high-resolution laser-engraving system can be. Epilog has a strong commitment to hobbyists and has been supporting the Maker Movement nearly since its inception. In fact, watch a video demonstration provided by Epilog at the 2017 Bay Area Maker Faire!

Figure 2: An Epilog laser system. The company manufactures its systems at its headquarters in Golden, Colorado, and over 95% of component parts are made in the U.S.A.

An Epilog laser isn’t simply a tool; it’s a vehicle for transferring your ideas onto almost any material. Most people who purchase a hobbyist laser do so because they want professional-looking engraving results. Often, they are looking to bring their ideas from concept to salable item—whether through prototyping, embellishment engraving, or even starting their own custom engraving business.

Figure 3: Photo captured at Epilog Laser’s Booth @ Maker Faire.

When you stop by the Epilog booth at an upcoming Maker Faire, you’ll witness for yourself how easy it is to cut and engrave all kinds of materials. The company will have a variety of samples on hand so you can see exactly how powerful laser systems engrave and/or cut wood, acrylic, fabric, tech gadgets, and even glass.

Learn more about Epilog Laser and it countless projects for the DIYer.

Editor's note: This is a sponsored blog post from Epilog Laser.

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Extended Robot Arm for Greater Welding Reach

Posted March 24, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A new robot arm with a 3.3 m reach promises greater joint access on large parts and weldments in automated welding applications. The offering from Wisconsin-based Miller Electric Mfg. Co. can be paired with Miller Auto-Continuum™ and TAWERS robotic MIG welding solutions.

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Sounding the Trumpet for CNC Machine Tools

Posted March 06, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

The David G. Monette Corp produces trumpets for some of the greatest performers in the world, such as jazz great Wynton Marsalis. But meeting the demands of world-class artists also means achieving extreme levels of machining precision and quality. Now, they rely on CNC machine tools for precision and speedy production.

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Wednesday Webinar on Laser Engraving: Real World Applications & Projects (and Q&A)

Posted July 19, 2016 3:04 PM by SavvyExacta
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Join laser engraving experts from Disney Research, Pikes Peak and Epilog Laser as they explore the possibilities of real world applications and projects. Watch projects being created live, interact with our panel and share creative ideas. See the future of laser engraving – and learn how you can get started.

When you want to customize any of your projects, laser engraving is the perfect option. See what other experts and makers have created with some really cool projects and listen to experts review and talk about some other great ideas for laser engraving. The webinar will feature videos of some really cool projects as well as a long Q&A discussion.

Some topics of discussion include:

  • How is laser engraving evolving?
  • What do you need to start engraving your products?
  • What tools do you need to get started?
  • What materials can be engraved?

What do you want to know about laser engraving? Join the demo and ask your questions. They might be answered live!

If you're interested in learning more about this topic, please join a panel discussion presented by Epilog Laser for a free webinar on laser engraving and the maker market.

Webinar Details:

July 20 -Wednesday (also available on-demand for 90 days after the live broadcast)

2:00 PM EDT - 3:00 PM EDT

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