Awards & Engraving

September '18

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The easy part was convincing myself that the laser was needed. I thought my research would be a quick and easy task, especially since we already have CO 2 lasers running in our shop, and in this day and age, we have the internet to find answers. However, I quickly learned that fiber lasers are completely different from CO 2 lasers, and there seems to be limited information available to easily get up to speed without buying a machine and spending a lot of time on it. My goal with this article (and future articles) is to provide my fellow peers with the information I have learned through my purchase and testing expe- riences, and hopefully help others avoid some setbacks when adding a fiber laser to their business. In full disclosure: I am no expert on fiber lasers, but I have a business that requires me to get up to speed as soon as possible, and anyone else that adds a fiber laser to their business will essentially be in the same boat I am/was in. I hope that anyone that follows the series of articles will be able to get over the fiber laser's steep learning curve much faster than they would've going at it alone. I will share all my settings as well as the suppliers used for the products I create. Note: Settings will vary from machine to machine (one thing that was the same as CO 2 lasers!), and some of you may have a different supplier you'd rather use, but my goal is to provide you with everything I learn and use, and share some secrets that may help you and your business. We are all in this industry together. R ecently, I took on the daunting task of figuring out if Glassmith2, my business based in Boulder, Colorado, should add a fiber laser, and what all features we needed that fiber lasers to have. I wanted to take this opportunity to invite you all to learn with me about fiber lasers and, more specifically, galvo fiber lasers. Braden Todd is a second-generation engraver and owner of Glassmith2, located in Boulder, Colorado. Braden's expertise ranges from sand- carving, industrial laser cutting/engraving, UV printing, and the other supporting facets that allow Glassmith2 to consistently provide cut- ting-edge items to its retail and wholesale customers. Questions and wholesale inquiries are always welcome: By Braden Todd Part 1 : Introducing the technology Fiber Lasers : A BEGINNER'S GUIDE 28 • A&E SEPTEMBER 2018

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