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Explore Epilog’s New Fusion Edge 24

Posted February 14, 2021 12:00 AM by Epilog Laser

Epilog is excited to announce the addition of the Fusion Edge 24 to our laser line. This system is the latest addition to the Fusion Edge Series and features a 24 inch x 24 inch x 10 inch (610 x 610 x 254 mm) engraving area.

Available in 30, 40, 50, 60 and 80-W configurations, the Fusion Edge 24 also features our popular and easy-to-use IRIS™ Camera System, which gives laser operators a live image of the engraving table so they can quickly and accurately position their artwork on whatever product they are engraving.

The response to the IRIS™ Camera System on the Fusion Pro series was incredible, so we’re very excited to make this technology available in the new Fusion Edge systems. It really is an invaluable tool that makes it that much easier for our users to get up and running faster than ever.

Additional features of the Fusion Edge include:

· 120 inches per second (IPS) engraving speed:
Higher speed equals higher throughput

· Touch screen control:
7 inch touch screen keypad for job selection, setting controls and more

· Job trace:
Quickly see where the engraving/cutting job will appear on your material

SAFEGUARD™ Features: Keep the mechanics of your laser machine cleaner than ever before with side bellow enclosures, a fully covered x-axis assembly and covered lens assembly.
If you’re interested in seeing the new Fusion Edge in action, check it out here!

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5 tips for maximizing laser production

Posted January 24, 2021 12:00 AM by Epilog Laser

A great thing about laser engraving and cutting systems is how fast they can etch a pattern or cut out even the most intricate design. Still, laser operators are always looking for ways to increase productivity. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to ensure that you are operating your laser at its highest potential.

1. Engrave multiple items in one batch
One thing that will reduce production time is printing multiples. If you have a project that requires engraving more than one item of the same or similar design - like plaques or coasters - print multiple pieces at once, instead of one at a time. We've found that by engraving in batches, users experience up to a 37% increase in time savings.

2. Adjust the resolution
Resolution is another factor to consider when you want to increase throughput. A clear image is important in any engraving job, but the higher the DPI is, the longer an item will take to engrave. DPI refers to dots per inch, and the higher the DPI the closer together the engraved dots are going to be. This results in a highly detailed engraved image but may take longer than you'd like. By lowering your engraving resolution a bit, you can increase your time savings by up to 33% or more.

3. Use color mapping
Color mapping is a great time saver. Let’s say you have a design with three columns, each with about 20 names. By default, the laser sees this as one image and the laser head will travel over the white space between columns in order to engrave the entire graphic you've sent to print. Using color mapping enables you to skip all that white space by assigning each column a different color and an associated engraving order. With this method, the laser will engrave one column at a time, only travelling over the white space between columns when it's time to move on to the next set of names. This approach can save you upwards of 43% depending on the items you’re engraving.

4. Pre-engrave items
Customization is extremely popular, and thus a great business opportunity, but one-off jobs can be very inefficient. Loading up the same design over and over again to engrave the same item multiple times can consume a lot of your production time. We suggest pre-engraving an inventory of popular items before individual orders come in.

5. Use the Job Manager
The Job Manager is an easy way to streamline your laser processing workflow. This is an incredible time saver that gives you access to job time recorders, a materials database and much more. You can tailor the software so you can easily locate and replicate jobs at the touch of a button.

Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you make your engraving/cutting adventures less time consuming and more productive. Happy lasering!

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Small Scale Laser Features Big Technology

Posted December 06, 2020 12:00 AM by Epilog Laser
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Epilog Laser is excited to announce the addition of the new Fusion Edge to our product line! This new machine incorporates some of the most popular features of the Fusion Pro Series in a small-format system.

The Edge includes Epilog’s IRIS™ Camera System, which gives operators a real-time image of the laser bed so they can precisely position their artwork and graphics quickly and accurately. It is, hands down, the quickest and easiest camera positioning system available, and an incredibly valuable tool for our users.

Featuring a 24” x 12” x 7” (610 x 305 x 178 mm) work area, the Fusion Edge comes in 30, 40, 50, and 60-watt CO2 configurations. It’s also available with a 30-watt fiber laser source configuration for bare metal marking.

Additional features of the Fusion Edge include:

  • 120 inches per second (IPS) engraving speed
    Higher speed equals faster production
  • Touch screen control
    File selection, modify settings, autofocus, and more
  • Job trace
    Quickly see where the engraving/cutting job will appear on your material
  • SAFEGUARD™ features

Keep the mechanics of your laser machine cleaner than ever before with side bellow enclosures, a fully covered x-axis assembly, and covered lens assembly.

Want to see the Edge in action? Check out the video here!

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

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Fun with Food and Lasers

Posted November 02, 2020 9:32 AM by Epilog Laser
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In this inaugural episode of Epilog’s Laser It Challenge, we're featuring the engraving of a gluten-free pumpkin pancake project with a fun and seasonal "Happy Fall Y'all" message. We'll demonstrate how easy it is to design a file using CorelDRAW, use Epilog's IRIS Camera to position the graphics, and laser print the graphics onto a delicious breakfast treat.

Engraving food is always a fun application – it's easy, it’s safe, and it can customize a variety of textures and surfaces. Over the years we’ve seen people laser engrave cookies, pies, toast, eggshells, even fresh fruits and veggies! And it’s always a popular application around the holidays.

Food engraving always shows off the “wow” factor in just how many materials Epilog systems can work with, but it’s also a very cost-effective way to identify, serialize, and brand different food without added packaging. Plus, the process is quick and easy – just import your text or graphics, use the IRIS Camera system to ensure your graphics are perfectly placed, focus the laser, and hit go! In under five minutes you can have customized snacks and goodies ready to eat!

We used the Epilog Fusion Pro 32 with an 80-watt CO2 laser tube for this project – check out the full video here!

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

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How Breweries are Marketing with Laser Engravers

Posted September 06, 2020 12:00 AM by Epilog Laser
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With an in-house laser engraver, breweries have potential for new marketing strategies to build their brand and increase exposure.

From stickers to coasters to pint glasses and beyond, breweries sell and give away a lot of swag. Bringing a laser in-house allows these booming businesses to brand so many things – both within the brewery itself as well as promotional giveaway items.

Laser engraving and cutting machines are valuable tools that can aid in all kinds of marketing efforts. When you think about how much product breweries put their logo on, owners are realizing just how much more time- and cost-effective it is to mark their own equipment and tools and brand their own promotional items instead of outsourcing the job.

What can a brewery cut and engrave with a laser?

The possibilities are nearly endless:

  • Apparel – leather hat patches, custom t-shirts, branded canvas bags for to-go orders
  • Beer tap handles – highlight a limited release brew and identify your best sellers
  • Coasters – wood, leather, even cardstock coasters can be customized with a laser
  • Glasses – engrave pint glasses, pilsner glasses, snifters and more
  • Growlers – glass or metal, your laser can do both
  • Signage – from promotional signage to directional/informational signage, a laser can create all kinds of signs from a variety of materials

…and much more!

Adding a fun personalization experience to brewery tours

Brewery tours are big sellers and lasers can really add to a patron’s experience by ending the tour with a customized glass to commemorate the visit. Breweries simply have stock of glasses already engraved with their logo, it takes just a few minutes to pop the glass in the laser and add a name and date.

Whether the laser is front and center for customers to see or stays behind the scenes, engraving and cutting opportunities are abundant for our beloved beer purveyors.

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

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