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Laser Engraving Service – Why Not DIY?

Laser engraved products are becoming more popular and affordable. A laser engraving service can offer millions of possibilities for laser engraving promotional products, personalizing your product or serializing products. With the rise in popularity of the laser engraving service, there has been a boom of do-it-yourself (DIY) possibilities. Let’s take a quick look at some reasons why DIY might not be in your best overall interests.

Laser Engraving Service vs. Laser Engraving Machine Cost

Purchasing your own laser engraving machine may seem appealing. There are 40 watt laser engravers on the market which sell for a few hundred dollars. These machines are often limited by the size, thickness, type and shape of the items to be engraved. For instance, if the object is round, oblong or tapered in thickness, special adapters will be necessary to perform laser engraving on the surface. These laser engraving adapters are very expensive and require significant set-up time and testing. A machine shop laser engraving service will have the appropriate equipment and experts to perform the laser engraving right the first time.

Laser Engraving Service vs. Your Time

Even the best quality laser engraving equipment must be properly maintained. The laser must be aligned and focused for the engraved image to be sharp and the proper depth. While the more expensive laser engraving machines have automatic alignment and focus, DIY machines are manually aligned which is tedious and very time consuming. A machine shop laser engraving service will be able to properly engrave your product without impacting your time.

Laser Engraving Service vs. Installing Proper Ventilation

The process of laser engraving is a subtractive process where the material is vaporized (burned) off the surface. There must be proper ventilation to remove the vapors. Depending on the type of material, the ventilation may require expensive HEPA filters to prevent hazardous materials from entering the environment. A machine shop laser engraving service can eliminate the cost and hazards of DIY ventilation systems.

If you have a project you would like engraved, JW Machine is Orlando’s premier laser engraving service. Our experts can not only advise you on the best materials to use, but we will be glad to test the material you have to see if our laser engraving service is right for you. Give us a call today!