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How to Prepare for a High- Volume Laser Project By Josh Stephens, Trotec • Understand the limitations of your spe- cific laser system. Consider the pro- jected time it will take to process the order, including changing out materials as well as required machine cleaning. The machine optics may need to be cleaned or swapped out, and in some cases, the materials may require post- processing touch-ups or assembly. • Accessories such as a cutting table, addi- tional lenses, or a rotary attachment can help get the job done faster. Testing is always recommended, so that all tools, masks, materials, and fixtures can be correctly determined for the quote. • Nesting software maximizes efficiency when trying to get the most out of a sheet of material. • Make multiple custom jigs for the prod- ucts. This allows you to load several pieces onto many fixtures and effi- ciently swap them out with each other to increase productivity instead of completing one engraving job and then reloading the same tray. Jigs are especially useful when engraving high-volume orders, whether it's pens or awards. IMAGE COURTESY TROTEC LASER By Jay Roberts, Roland DGA • It's important to consider both production time and the amount of ink you will need to fulfill high- volume UV-LED print orders. • Larger UV flatbed printers have print areas that can hold hun- dreds of items, but in most cases, these items must be placed by hand, which is labor intensive. Be sure to take this into consid- eration when determining the labor required to fulfill these types of orders. • An effective way of maximizing efficiency is to create fixtures or jigs. When jigs are being made, measure multiple items to ensure the size and dimensions of the jig are sufficient for holding the objects. Never assume that all of the products being printed on are the same size — measure and re-measure. Larger UV flatbed printers have print areas that can hold hundreds of items, but in most cases, these items must be placed by hand, which is labor intensive. IMAGE COURTESY ROLAND DGA How to Prepare for a High-Volume UV-LED Printing Project A&E AUGUST 2018 • a-e-mag.com 9

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