Tips for Buying the Right Laser Engraving Machine

Buying a laser cutter in the US and other parts of the world can be demanding, especially for first-time buyers. You must understand the type of materials you are engraving, know what laser you can afford, and find a company that offers training and technical support for their machines. Below are five tips for buying the right laser engraving machine.

Acquiring a laser engraving machine made in the USA that you can not afford will leave you in long-term debt. Your budget is a determining factor in the size and model of the laser machine you can purchase. While the cost of the device does not indicate its quality, your budget is only a significant decision-making factor.

If you are looking at owning a laser cutting machine that can engrave on various materials, you should expect to spend a little extra money. There may be less expensive options, but they may not come with a complete package, or they may consume more energy and power, making them much more expensive to maintain.

Engravers working with metals, stainless steel, plastics, wood, leather, glass, etc., will need different laser engraving machines.  For instance,  an engraver that needs to cut thicker materials should opt for a CO2 laser since it delivers faster initial piercing times when compared to Fiber lasers.

You should also consider the area you are working on since some engraving machines can work on large spaces while other laser cutters can only work on smaller areas. Depending on your needs—professional or personal—it would be a bad idea to purchase a professional laser cutter instead of a hobby engraving machine for personal use and vice-versa.

After looking at your budget and knowing the type of machine you want to purchase. Different factors influence the accuracy of an engraving machine, including the following:

  1. Square laser engraving machines are proven to be more accurate than compass types.
  2. The more the spindle power of a laser cutter, the more accurate it will be.
  3. The process a technician uses when manufacturing the machine determines its accuracy.

This is a crucial factor to consider when purchasing an engraving machine. You need to know whether maintaining the laser engraving cutter is something you can do by yourself or hire an expert technician. It is a total waste of money, time, and effort to buy an engraving machine that you will discard a few years from when you made a purchase.

Many people focus more on the price of an engraving machine than its quality, cost of ownership, and longevity. Consider buying a laser cutter as a long-term investment, not a quest for the cheapest device on the market. Weigh the actual cost of a laser not just by the cost of ownership but over its total working lifetime, which should be about ten years for a good laser.

When choosing a company to purchase laser engraving machines from, it is important to go with an organization offering high-quality laser systems, excellent training, and accessible technical support for their customers.

If you are in the United States, buying a laser engraving machine made in the USA should be a priority. Speaking at her interview with SA Laser, Amanda, a satisfied trainee who spent only 4 days acquiring laser engraving skills, said, “it was really important to me to have a US-based laser company, that way, they will be with me throughout my process.”

SA Lasers is the leading laser machine manufacturer and trainer in San Antonio. Amanda went ahead to share how she gathered the skill at SA Lasers to engrave on various material types.

Whether through calls, live chat, emails, or even on-site, ensure that your chosen laser company has reliable technical support available if something is wrong or needs troubleshooting by having someone who can answer your questions efficiently.

Conclusion

After figuring out your budget, customer support, and all the important properties you need from your device, you should go ahead and look at the engraving machines’ relevant specs. If you are working with metals or reflective surfaces, you need to get a fiber laser cutting machine. However, if you work with nonmetals, go for CO2 laser engravers.

Scott Brumfield
Scott Brumfield
2023-12-15
San Antonio Lasers is one of the best companies I have ever worked with. The entire staff was great to work with and learning from Anthony was amazing. He not only taught me a lot about my machine he gave me great advice on keeping my mind open to all the things I can do with my new laser. I will be a lifetime customer.
Tj Koontz
Tj Koontz
2023-12-08
High quality machines. Would recommend to anyone getting into the engraving industry. The training is the best in the business.
Alexander Carro
Alexander Carro
2023-11-20
Purchased a 50w edge laser from these guys. And let me tell you the product is amazing. Plus did a week training with the team and these people are the best in the business. Extremely helpful, knowledgeable and lots of fun. They are super attentive to all questions, they take the time to explain things as many times as you need. Very humble and friendly. They make us feel as we’re part of the family. 10/10 recommend if you’re looking to get into the engraving business or need some engraving jobs done. This is the team you need. San Antonio lasers is the best!
Jake Archambault
Jake Archambault
2023-10-28
I spent months dreaming of doing all the things I saw on YouTube with my lasers. I finally realized after many hours of YouTube college that I needed to find a mentor that had real life experience. Well, something even better happened when I found San Antonio Laser. I found a family of Laser and media fanatics. I came to fiber laser class with millions of questions about different techniques and processes and by the time I finished out the week all my questions were answered without asking a single question. The support that is offered going forward is also a huge benefit. I definitely want to give a huge Thank You to Anthony and Jordan for helping me grind out the processes during the hands on portions of the lessons. What these two highly-skilled technicians have shown me in 4 days has definitely set the stepping stones in place for not only success in my business but it has also given me the freedom to move forward with out fear of failure. Thank you to everyone at San Antonio Laser for making my YouTube college fantasies a reality.
Jana Bailey
Jana Bailey
2023-10-19
What an awesome business! We trained with Jordan, he did a great job with everything! We would highly recommend San Antonio Lasers to anyone! Their training is second to none. Thank you for the hands on training!
Rose J
Rose J
2023-09-28
Aaron was very thorough in explaining the process and provided outstanding customer service. I was very pleased with my experience and will definitely use SA Laser Engraving for any future laser engraving needs.
Anissa Cervera
Anissa Cervera
2023-08-22
Seth was a pleasure to work with! Made sure the placement was correct and lined up perfectly. Would highly recommend!
Matthew Morris
Matthew Morris
2023-08-18
Wow, Talk about amazing customer service! I called to ask about engraving options for a couple belt buckle gifts. Seth answered my call and said swing by. Little did I know that they would engrave them on the spot! Incredible! Seth was so patient and his attention to detail was impeccable. You would not believe some of the engravings that they do. If you have unique ideas and want to add a custom touch to any item, San Antonio Laser Engraving is the best at making your engraving imagination a reality! sincere thanks to Seth for all his time and professional craftsmanship! - Matt
CJ
CJ
2023-08-06
This is the only place I’ll go to for any of my engraving needs. So far they’ve engraved 4 of my SBR’d lowers with 3 more waiting for approval
Wayne Hammer Customs
Wayne Hammer Customs
2023-08-02
great class, the instructors make things very easy to learn and keep up with. I arrived with zero know how and left feeling confident with the functions and skills needed to get started. would recommend to anyone looking to get started laser engraving.

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