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Page 90 of 103 85 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 Large-format machines provide accurate, efficient, and broad capabilities like any flatbed laser system, according to Stevens. ese laser machines are ideal for businesses that work specifically with large-format textile, acrylic, film and foil, and other cut- ting applications. With expansive working areas and more power, large-format laser systems can provide high-quality results. QUALITIES OF LARGE-FORMAT LASERS Large-format machines make it possible to laser engrave and cut industry-standard sheet stock such as plywood, MDF, plas- tics, and more. According to Stevens, large-format lasers are also Image courtesy Trotec Laser typically offered in higher wattages for thicker material cutting. "More traditional laser systems hold the advantage of faster pro- cessing speeds due to the smaller, lighter motion systems when engraving and/or cutting thin materials," says Stevens. "It is becoming more common for laser manufacturers to offer both types of laser systems to accommodate their broad customer range." e end uses and applications of large-format lasers can include large-scale photo engraving, LED edge lighting, headstones, and furniture. Mandi Smallwood, AP Lazer, says it allows funeral/ monument companies to add a special touch while engraving a casket or adding a photo to a monument. It is also beneficial to sign shops and woodworkers, according to Smallwood. Sign shops can fabricate larger outdoor signage, while woodworkers can personalize furniture that would not be able to fit in a box top laser, such as a large live-edge table or a stool. e main benefit of large-format lasers is not being limited by the size of your laser, Smallwood adds. With large-format sys- tems, "You are able to engrave something as small as a peanut to as large as a 10-foot monument or bigger," says Smallwood. Image courtesy Trotec Laser

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