This year, hundreds of Maker Faires will take place around the globe. Families, enthusiasts, hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers will gather in the spirit of creativity to celebrate the Maker Movement. The fairs, which range from mini-events conducted by communities and schools to all-out flagship festivities set up by the Maker Media team itself, are progressive showcases that display new technologies, innovations, and experimentations across the fields of science, engineering, art, performance, and craft.
When it comes to Maker Faire, the only limit is your imagination.
That also happens to be the motto of Epilog Laser, a company you’ll find represented at many Maker Faires this year. Most recently, Epilog sponsored and exhibited at the 2017 Bay Area Maker Faire, demonstrating its laser systems, creating samples for giveaways, and educating attendees about how affordable a high-speed, high-resolution laser-engraving system can be.
An Epilog laser isn’t simply a tool; it’s a vehicle for transferring your ideas onto almost any material. Most people who purchase a hobbyist laser do so because they want professional-looking engraving results. Often, they are looking to bring their ideas from concept to sellable item—whether through prototyping, embellishment engraving, or even starting their own custom engraving business.
While there are certainly lower-cost laser systems on the market, these typically employ water-cooled glass laser tubes. Epilog systems feature air-cooled metal laser tubes with ceramic components, which means they are both safer and last longer before needing to be recharged. Glass tubes, while cheaper, are more fragile and cannot be recharged or repaired; they can only be replaced.
Laser cutting/engraving systems are incredibly versatile and can be found in nearly any industry. From manufacturing to woodworking to signage creation and well beyond, laser marking systems are used for a variety of applications. These systems allow operators to both laser engrave and cut a myriad of materials – wood, acrylic, fabric, cork, rubber, leather, task board, matboard and much more. Epilog’s CO2 systems can also mark treated (anodized) aluminum, slate, glass, marble and other harder materials.
If you’re looking for a system that can tackle industrial park marking, Epilog also offers fiber laser technology specifically designed for bare metal marking and the marking of engineered plastics. These fiber systems can achieve a variety of marks including annealed, etched and polished. Epilog’s newest addition, the G2 Galvo laser, even offers an adjustable work area (up to 24” x 24”) and engraves and incredibly fast speeds.
Epilog’s powerful, easy-to-use systems come in a variety of sizes and wattage configurations, so whether you’re looking for a desktop unit or a larger model for production needs, we have the right system for your application. Not sure which laser is right for your application? Visit our applications lab – our specialists will be happy to test your files and material and provide a detailed report on our findings.
When you stop by the Epilog booth at an upcoming Maker Faire, you’ll witness for yourself how easy it is to cut and engrave all kinds of materials. The company will have a variety of samples on hand so you can see exactly how powerful laser systems engrave and/or cut wood, acrylic, fabric, tech gadgets, and even glass. The video above, shot at Epilog’s booth at the 2017 Bay Area Maker Faire in May, is just a taste of what you’ll see when you visit.
Remember: The only limit is your imagination!