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Factors Contributing to the Growth of Laser Engraving

28 November 2017

Laser engraving was once thought of as a process only used by industrial companies to either mark parts and tools or by trophy shops for the customization of awards and recognition products. However, today, laser engraving has blossomed into a profitable industry that only takes a small investment to be a part of.

Accessibility:
Previously, laser engraving machines and cutting systems were hard to come by. Supply was limited and, more importantly, the cost to own a machine exceeded what typical home businesses or small vendors were willing to shell out in order to garner the technology.

Today, laser engraving is no longer just for big factories; potential buyers can own these machines for far less than they may realize. Whether you are looking to purchase or lease-to-own a laser, or even rent time on one, there are locations worldwide that can cater to your needs. Epilog has its laser engraving/cutting tools in a wide variety of shops across the U.S. and has numerous distribution houses throughout the world. We also offer academia and universities ways to find systems by geographic location.

This accessibility has given rise to the adoption of laser engravers in fabrication labs, makerspaces, school labs and more in order to teach students and give differentiation for small businesses to customers who are looking for customization services.

Affordability:
While laser engraving and cutting machines have become more popular, prices have remained stable in the market. And because laser engraving is a very competitive market (due to the advent of low-wattage systems with lower quality engraving), those that want to own or lease a laser engraver or cutter can do so without breaking the bank.

Epilog’s entry-level systems start just below $8,000 in the United States and, with approved credit, Epilog offers leasing options for as low as $160 per month.

Increased demand for personalized products:
If you have ever visited the e-commerce site Etsy, it is easy to see how laser engraving has grown over the past few years. The focus on personalizing an item is a way to take something as simple as a pair of wedding champagne flutes and turn them into a personalized, more meaningful gift.

A simple search for “laser engraved” on Etsy shows a plethora of vendors offering an endless amount of personalized products for the taking including jewelry, wedding glasses, craft supplies, bags and purses, computer supplies, personalized dog collars and tags, woodworking, pint glasses, pens, tools and golf tees, just to name a few.

Lasers are being put to work across a variety of industries for a myriad of applications – the fact that they’re more accessible and affordable than ever is a driving force for this increase. From industrial marking to prototyping, Epilog can help bring your creative visions to life.



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