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Direct-to-Substrate C hoosing a laser starts with your business model—what will be the primary items that you laser? A 50-watt CO 2 laser is the primary tool I use for personalizing products. My business focuses on awards and other personal- ized products for organizations such as businesses, non-profits, governments including police and fire, and electri- cal and solar signage. I also laser a lot of wood urns for many of our regional mortuaries and crematories. I cut acrylic and wood up to 1/8 of an inch and sand- carve almost all of my glass and round metal products. The laser you choose could be quite different as your customer base and the subsequent needs and uses can and will be different. Let's talk about how to make By Bob Hagel Bob Hagel recently retired after owning Eagle's Mark Awards & Signs for 18 years in Southern California. While owning the business, he offered a full line of personalized products using laser engraving, sandcarving, and full-color UV direct print on products. Today, he consults on starting and expanding personalized businesses, and on improving production efficiency and quality. He can be reached at Buying Your First Laser New to Laser Engraving: 20 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 0 Laser Engraving

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