Anyone got any laser engraving experience?

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Forum topic by MadMark posted 01-21-2016 10:27 PM 874 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2016 10:27 PM

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I’ve looked into rubber stamps and branding irons for putting labels / dates on my work. For about a c-note I can get a Chinese unit that will lase matchbook cover sized images. Has anyone ordered/used these with good result? There is a larger 17×20 cm bed model for under $300, same no name Chinese co. Anyone actually done this?


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#1 posted 01-22-2016 12:12 AM

Word on other forums is that the Chinese lasers do fine vector cutting, are inferior in rastering and have lousy software that makes programming a pain. My Universal is a breeze to operate. The local trophy shop I used to go to has a Chinese laser and he was always struggling to engrave anything that wasn’t formatted perfectly. That both wasted his time and ran up my bill since he would have to modify most of the files I sent him.

So my primary word of caution is to investigate the software aspect as much as possible. If you can’t get a program ready for printing quickly then you’re losing a lot of money.

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#2 posted 01-22-2016 12:25 AM

Stay away from the chines crap. I ordered one and when it arrive two months later, I took one look at it and sent it back. it has been a month and am still waiting for my $600 refund.


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