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61 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 Adam Voigt, Kern Laser Systems, adds one last item needed by the laser engraving beginner: a creative mind. "Get on the laser and start getting comfortable with your substrate and running the laser. Then, start to get uncomfortable," he advises. "Try new things and push your imagination." Operation And Training Laser machine: check. Exhaust/ventilation system: check. Safety gear: check. Software: check. You've got the necessary items to begin laser engraving, but there's one problem: you, as a beginner, don't know how to operate the equipment. There's good news on this front as well: there are a plethora of avenues you can take to get comfortable using your machine. A great starting point is working with your manufacturer and/or distributor— they know the equipment inside and out. "To become familiar with the laser system, beginners should start with training from the manufacturer or the manufacturer's local representative, followed by thoroughly reading the system user guide," advises Scott. Go a step further and also get familiar with the software. Together, this gives a new user a good start. Don't forget about internet options such as YouTube and forums, adds Voigt. "We all go to YouTube to watch and learn about a wide variety of things, which has a lot of informa- (Image courtesy Epilog Laser) Questions to Ask Before Diving In BY AMY DALLMAN, EPILOG LASER • Why do I want to start my own business? • What technical skills have I learned or developed? • How much time do I have to run a successful business? • Do I have any hobbies or interests that are marketable? • What services or products will I sell? • What niche will my business fill? • Who is my competition? • What is my business plan (location, name, finances, etc.)?

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