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I've been looking into laser engravers. I've been getting requests from customers for personalized toys.
 
Then I watched a video presented by a woodworker who uses his to cut patterns in hardboard. It occurred to me that cutting patterns from labels or sheets of paper would not require much of a laser. Precisely cut patterns would be a useful time-saver for me.
 
They are expensive and take up a lot of room, but the value added from just being able to personalize items I sell might be worth it. The big Etsy sellers offer custom engraving on their toys for a premium.
 
Laser cutters are pretty much the same thing as CNC routers, but they use lasers instead of routers to do the cutting.
 
Do any of you have a laser engraver?




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There is som interesting infomation here but mostly talking about expensive lasers as in thousands of dollars but still well worth watching. You can get a 40W glass tube laser for as little as $300.  

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I've wondered about this myself. Laser engraved pieces do look very professional. It could also be used to add a maker's mark or brand.

I do a lot of personalised items, all hand painted. The smaller the work, the more my hands shake, and the harder it is to get a precise, fine line, so it's not always practical. Also, personalisation is usually the last thing I do...if I mess it up, it's back to square one. Perhaps I should start personalising items before I cut the pieces out!!

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I have the Shapeoko3 CNC and you can get lasers to fit on them so two in one just a thought. [thumb]
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