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84 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 L arge-format lasers allow shops to customize any size and shape of wood, rubber, metal parts and more. Perhaps you want to jump right into wide-format laser engraving and cutting, or you may have thought about taking the leap from a smaller laser to a bigger one, but when is it the right time to make that commit- ment? ere are several components a shop must consider, such as power requirements, space, the expansion of inventory, and maintenance. But first, what qualifies as a large-for- mat laser? e main difference between traditional and large-format laser equip- ment is the size of the system, says David Stevens, Trotec Laser. e larger the sys- tem, the larger the application can be. Kern Laser's Derek Kern refers to equipment as large format when the laser bed is 52" × 50" and larger. In general, these larger table sizes do not come in an enclosed desktop format, as you typically see with smaller systems. Industry experts share what to consider when upgrading By Julia Schroeder Julia Schroeder is a freelance writer based in Chicago, Illinois. Previously, she held the position of digital content editor for A&E magazine. She can be reached at Large-Format Laser EXPAND YOUR BUSINESS WITH A With large-format systems, you can engrave something as small as a peanut to as large as a 10-foot monument or bigger. (Images courtesy AP Lazer) (Right) According to Derek Kern, large format refers to equipment with a laser bed of 52" x 50" or larger. In general, these larger table sizes do not come in an enclosed desktop format. (Image courtesy Kern Laser)

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