Awards & Engraving

July '19

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24 a-e-mag.com • A&E JULY 2019 N ow that it is finally the season to enjoy the outdoors and grilling, it is a great time to gear up for the sales that come along with the beautiful weather. A few of the possible items we can all market as awards and personalization shops are BBQ sets and bottle openers. In the past, our bottle openers have been strong sellers and our customers love that they are all made in the USA. Previously I avoided making a lot of BBQ sets because I couldn't mark the metal well, and I did not like the idea of selling a food-related item that required a chemical to create a mark. Granted, I could have been overly cautious, but flipping organic beef burgers with something other than pure stainless steel just didn't sit well with me. Now that we have our fiber laser, we can engrave directly onto the metal with no extra chemicals, and we can simply anneal food-related items to help ensure that no bacteria start to grow in an engraved/rough surface. Since we are talking summertime barbeques, I thought a good project for us to walk through is a BBQ set with a nice hexagon pattern on the handles, and some bottle openers with an American flag on them. Note that I use CorelDRAW and a Radian RL-GT3 60-watt MOPA fiber laser; consult your machine's guidelines for setting recommendations. Braden Todd is a second-gen- eration engraver and owner of Glassmith2, located in Boulder, Colorado. Braden's expertise ranges from sandcarving, indus- trial laser cutting/engraving, UV printing, and the other supporting facets that allow Glassmith2 to consistently provide cutting-edge items to its retail and wholesale cus- tomers. Questions and wholesale inquiries are always welcome: braden@glassmith2.com. Fiber Laser How-To A SUMMERTIME PROJECT By Braden Todd Step one in creating a hexagon pattern for the BBQ set. See article for specific details. A few of the possible items we can all market as awards and personalization shops are BBQ sets and bottle openers. ALL IMAGES COURTESY BRADEN TODD

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