One of the best things about laser cutting and engraving systems is how quickly they can etch out a pattern or cut out even intricate designs. However, there are many boss laser complaints out there that talk about less-than-ideal results from their engravers.
In many situations, the issue is not the machine itself, but rather settings and options that have not been optimized. Keep reading for some effective tips on how to maximize laser productivity.
Engrave Several Items at Once
Something that helps to reduce production time is by printing multiples. If someone has a project that requires more than one item of the exact same or a similar design to be engraved, such as coasters or plaques, try to print several pieces at the same time, rather than one at a time.
When engravings are done in batches, laser users can see a time savings of up to 37%. The number of things that can be engraved at the same time is dependent on the size of the table. To do this, it is necessary to expand the page size in the graphic design program being used to match the laser’s full table size. By doing this, it is then possible to fill up the whole table with a specific piece and then engrave them with one run. It is advisable to use a jig to help space items properly.
Alter the Resolution
Another factor that will help to increase throughput is the resolution. Having a clear image is essential for any engraving project. While this is important, the higher the DPI is, the more time it will take for the engraving to complete. DPI means the dots per inch. The higher that the DPI is, the closer together the dots being engraved will be. This provides a much more detailed engraved image; however, it will take much more time than some people expect.
However, by reducing the engraving resolution, even just slightly, it is possible to increase time savings by up to 33% – sometimes more. To help offset the lower resolution, think about using various dithering patterns that are found in the print driver being used. Dithering takes the dot patterns that can be seen with lower DPI and randomizes them. By doing this, the lower resolution is hidden.
When someone works to find the proper combination of the resolution and the dithering pattern, it is possible to get a result that does not take much time to produce, but that also looks good.
Training and Experience Matter
When it comes to using a laser cutter, there is no question that experience and training matter. Be sure to take time to learn how to properly use the machine in question and how to optimize the settings to achieve the results desired. When someone is informed, they can feel confident that the end result of their laser project will exceed expectations and provide the quality results desired. Keep in mind, each machine is different so it is a good idea to rely on information provided by the manufacturer.