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Epilog Laser Introduces New Fusion Maker Laser System

Posted October 09, 2022 4:00 AM by Epilog Laser

Epilog Laser is excited announce the launch of the new Fusion Maker Laser System. Designed with industrial components that withstand heavy use and high-volume production, the Fusion Maker is the first laser system designed to allow the home user and home business owner to operate an industrially-built laser machine.

Available in 30 W and 40 W configurations, the Fusion Maker features up to 60 inches-per-second engraving speeds, 3.5G acceleration, and Epilog’s revolutionary IRIS™ Camera System, which allows users to position artwork and graphics quickly and accurately by providing a real-time image of the engraving bed.

The 24 inch x 12 inch engraving table is large enough for a variety of items. The engraving table offers 7 inches of z-clearance, allowing space for engraving taller items as well as a rotary attachment option to engrave cylindrical items, such as highly-popular customized tumblers.

“Epilog’s long history of manufacturing industrial laser systems allowed us to take our years of experience to design a user-friendly, high-performance laser system to build a successful home business,” said Mike Dean, vice president of sales and marketing for Epilog Laser. “From our in-house designed laser tubes to precision parts, the Fusion Maker is designed to be the longest-lasting, highest performance compact system on the market.”

The Fusion Maker starts at $9,995.00 (U.S. pricing only) for a 30 W system and is currently in production. Check out our Fusion Maker video here!

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Laser Engraving Stylish Summer Products

Posted July 17, 2022 5:00 AM by Epilog Laser

One of the best things about laser engraving and cutting machines is that they allow you to customize any gift or personalize nearly any product. Whether it’s for a friend's housewarming party, a thank you gift for a beloved teacher, or even just a little something for yourself, laser engraving/cutting machines let you put an extraordinary spin on any ordinary product. Here are a just a couple of laser engraving projects that celebrate all things summer!

Keep your vino at just the right temperature with these powder-coated wine tumblers! Available in a variety of colors, these wine tumblers are a great addition to your next festive event or even just a night in with friends. They also make a great holiday or housewarming gift! Fast and easy to customize, these sturdy tumblers are a must-have this summer.

Bring the outdoors in with these customized wooden planter boxes. This laser project walks you through the steps of engraving wooden boxes ideal for a variety of small plants. Whether you're in a warm or cool climate these little cubes make it easy to create a custom garden you can enjoy year round!

Whether you’re cutting parts for a prototype or customizing ready-made products, laser engraving/cutting machines allow you to bring creative visions to life at the touch of a button. The only limit is your imagination!

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How Lasers Can Help Fight Counterfeiting

Posted April 10, 2022 12:00 AM by Epilog Laser

Counterfeiting is big business in the electronics world, manifesting itself through multiple avenues and a wide variety of methods. It is a threat pervasive to every part of the supply chain, from manufacturer to supplier to end user.

There are ways to fight counterfeiting, of course, including comparing components to online databases, committing to use only known vendors and so on. But few anti-counterfeiting measures are more immediate and tangible than the engraving of genuine parts with unique and identifiable marks, like the ones you can achieve with an Epilog.

Indeed, one of the most valuable applications of laser engraving is the ability to permanently add a name, serial number, company logo or other identifying mark to just about any type of material imaginable - including many materials commonly used in electronics production. Thanks to the high resolution (up to 1,200 dpi) of Epilog’s engraving systems, high-quality marks can also be made within very small dimension parameters. It’s possible to mark everything from a corporate-supplied cellphone or laptop to PCB boards, silicon wafers and semiconductor parts.

In addition to customizable branding, Epilog systems also support unique identification (UID) codes in the form of bar codes, data matrix codes and human-readable text. These are required for identification, traceability and accountability of U.S. government property purchases, and can be applied directly either to an individual part or a non-removable tag affixed to an item.

Counterfeiting is an insidious problem in today’s manufacturing landscape, and no single tool can address all of its facets. But the introduction of a laser system at any stage in the supply chain can represent an elegant and cost-effective solution that will go a long way toward making possessions more secure, components more trustworthy and businesses more stable. Moreover, proper integration of the system represents an important step toward a safer, surer world.

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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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