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February '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • February 2018 • 57 The company is also getting a lot of requests to laser cut quilt templates out of acrylic. Familylaser uses a 150-watt Kern Laser with an open table. It can do both cylindrical and flat objects. "Our machine gives us the ability to adjust settings so virtually anything engravable can be tackled," Roberts says. "Trial and error with sample pieces gets us to where we feel comfortable with offering various products to clients. That's just a part of doing business." If a shop isn't sure how to use their machine or how to treat different sub- strates, Roberts recommends they join the Awards and Personalization Association, which "features a forum that is nothing short of excellent: great questions and great answers from very qualified people. No need to reinvent the wheel if you're on the APA forum," she says. David Lennon, president and owner of LumaMedia in Grants Pass, Ore., uses his laser engravers to do a different type of personalization. The company offers a lighting product that is as thin as a credit card. It is two electrical plates with phosphorus material screen printed in the center of them. When electricity touches the phosphorus, the panel lights up like neon, he says. The technology is being used for everything from race cars and trade shows to light up advertising. Lennon first encountered the tech- nology in 2002. "I was intrigued by it and how it would work and light up. I thought it would be cool if it could light something up on an off-road vehicle. I started doing research on it," he says. Using very low power, Lennon's com- pany can make names and logos not only LumaMedia uses a Trotec laser to cut out the design. Then it hooks contact leads on it, seals it and puts a translucent print over the top to finish it. (Photo courtesy of LumaMedia) HyperDual Motion - The HyperDual motion package comes standard on OptiFlex machines allowing for smooth cut radiuses and fast cutting speeds. Unmatched Safety - The LaserCELL features a Class 1 safety enclosure that allows the system to be placed in high traffic areas such as busy factory floors and university classrooms. Premium Quality and Performance Highly Versatile CO 2 Laser Source EXPERIEN CE THE NEXT GENERATION K E R N L A S E R S . C O M | 8 8 8 - 6 6 0 - 2 7 5 5 | M A D E I N T H E U S A LaserCELL Class I (Enclosed) Laser System OptiFlex Class 4 (Open Bed) Laser System

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