A laser engraving machine can be thought of as three main parts: a laser, a controller, and a surface.
The laser is like a pencil – the beam emitted from it allows the controller to trace patterns onto the surface. The controller direction, intensity, speed of movement, and spread of the laser beam aimed at the surface. The surface is picked to match what the laser can act on.
Tips for choosing a Laser engraving Machine
1. First consider the brand and the technology
Most times, we often make purchases based on the fact that we are already used to buying products from a particular brand and as a result of that we stick to that brand. If the brand you have been purchasing from has the right machine for the job, then of course you can go on to buy from them, because brand loyalty comes with many advantages. However, how well the technology performs should be your priority.
Most times, it is actually companies that little or no recognition that delivers better and cheaper innovations in order to secure a place in the market. So it is advisable that before you buy, take a good look at what else is available from the lower profile brands before you consider purchasing from the popular brand you are used to.
2. Carry out proper research on the Machine and the supplier
Laser engraving machines are a big investment and each laser brand has its own machine types. The machines have different sizes; powers and functions so make sure you know what you want to use it for. Some machines are more suitable for production while others are not since they are much slower. Bigger machines allow you to cut and engrave bigger items, so make sure you figure out first what you want your machine to do.
Also, do your research on suppliers and distributors of the laser machines. Find out which companies get good feedback and how fast and how much the spare parts will cost you should you purchase a machine from them.
3. The Compressor is Crucial
Each laser machine needs to have some sort of compressor (air support). The knowledge and experience of your distributor’s technician are crucial in this part. What type of compressor you need depends on and several factors such as the humidity, the laser, the size of the laser and the power (60W up to 200W and more).
4. Look carefully at the warranty and support guarantees
Despite the hype, especially on the internet or social media, the only guarantee that you can truly rely upon is that nothing lasts forever. All machines at some point will fail. It is important to know how quickly and what the overhead cost will be when failure occurs in the machine, so look carefully at the small print of system warranties and look even more carefully at the support recourse of the supplier.
A device that is more functional is often by default less affordable and can actually be less reliable. A machine that is more affordable is often by default less functional and can also be less reliable. It I therefore vital to buy right and choose a machine that can deliver to today demands with a percentage of ability to cover some of the demands of tomorrow.