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LASER ENGRAVING REPORT O ur company A&P Master Images has been in business for 19 years. We offer everything from graphic design, embroidery, screen printing, promotional items, uniforms, vinyl graphics, and sub- limation; our latest service is 2 D and 3D laser engraving. Years ago, we were always interested in engraving but back then never found the right piece of equipment at that time. Two years ago, during COVID, my wife and I had time to do some research on the process and some of the options out there and became quickly surprised on how the technology had progressed to speed up production and the quality of the detail that could be produced. Fun fact: the machines not only have a lot of output, but they take up very little space. At first, we were researching the flat- bed units since you can put several pieces in them and walk away, but we learned very quickly that if you wanted to get into drinkware, they would or could take six to eight minutes to produce one piece, which would be too slow for us. We knew right away drinkware was already a hit for us with our clients, and we also knew we wanted this process to help us sell more items on our online stores. Another great thing about drinkware is the size of the image. It is usually no larger than a busi- ness card and takes, on average, 30 sec- onds to laser engrave one piece of drink- ware. e other thing we paid attention to was what materials we could laser and Tips for expanding into engraving services By Howard Potter 8 4 G R A P H I C S P R O • N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 2 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M CREATING A Lasting Laser Legacy

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