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86 graphics-pro.com S T A R T H E R E 2 0 2 2 "Large-format machines utilize many of the same easy-to-use softwares that other smaller desktop models use," says Kern. Additionally, Kern says large-for- mat lasers have high yields and low sys- tem downtime. "Lasers have a thin cut- ting kerf which allows parts to be nested tightly together, maximizing the sheet yield," Kern explains. "e system natu- rally needs to be touched less often versus a small-format machine. Material load- ing and unloading is performed less often due to the large sheets the machines can accommodate." WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN UPGRADING A few factors play a role in upgrading or purchasing a large-format engraver. "One would be if you're looking to increase pro- duction and do more items at one time in a large bed," Smallwood says. "Another would be having the capabilities to engrave anything you can imagine." e point at which it is best to upgrade can vary from application to application, Kern says. "It is important to not only look at it from a number-of-parts to pro- duce aspect, but also from a quality side." Stevens says to consider the following Large-format lasers are typically offered in higher wattages for thicker material cutting. (Image courtesy Trotec Laser) With a large-format laser, material loading and unloading is performed less often due to the large sheets the machines can accommodate. (Image courtesy Kern Laser)

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