Casstek Equipment Sales Inc. Laser-CNC Router
Epilog Laser's Legend 36EXT
EZCNC granite engraving machine
Grifform inlay materials
LaserPro Spirit GX
Universal Laser Systems Laser Engravers
The name of the game in surfacing products is often upsell, upsell, upsell, so a company can maximize its profits from existing customers, which is much easier than finding new ones altogether. Offering custom-engraved imagery is one great outlet for additional sales, and can bring a very personal feel to any project. So, Surface Fabrication contacted a variety of suppliers of engraving equipment to find out what the latest and greatest on the market can offer, and here you will find a sampling of what we found.
The Router-CNC line of industrial strength routers, from Casstek Equipment Sales Inc., is teaming with Precix Technologies and Aim Controls. The Laser-CNC line utilizes a state-of-the-art linear magnetic drive motor on the flying optic axis. The gantry movement axis is driven by high-precision ball screws that reportedly require little or no maintenance. An engraving speed of 80 to 150 ips over the entire router process area and up to 10 ips in the vector cutting mode offer short process times for the most demanding projects, reports the company.
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Epilog Laser's Legend 36EXT CO˛ engraving system adds customization to any solid surface project, reports the company. From inlaying materials to custom etching, the Legend allows users to add a personal touch to kitchen and bathroom materials like granite, stone, marble, slate, solid surface and more. Kitchen and bathroom remodels are popular among homeowners, and the Legend allows for a unique look to make remodeling jobs stand out. With 32 by 24 in. of work area, users can customize products with photographs, images, text and more. It is capable of etching photos on tile, cutting custom inlays in solid surface or engraving images on cabinetry. The product is enhanced with HyperDrive technology and state-of-the-art software, according to the company.
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EZCNC introduces a new granite engraving machine designed to automate the engraving process for tombstones, markers and commemorative plaques. The machine is portable and can reproduce any lettering or artwork drawn, scanned or selected from a vast library of clip-art images, reports the company.
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Grifform inlay materials are designed to bring artistic enhancement to your project, providing you the ability to offer your customer spectacular features. The company offers a wide range of vibrant inlay colors, even real cast metal, i.e., brass, bronze, copper, which can be added into your solid surface products. The Grifform product is easy to use and makes this added opportunity available to almost any fabricator with engraving capacity, according to the company.
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LaserPro offers its newest model, the Spirit GX, that allows you to engrave up to six 12-in. tiles at one time. Murals can be made up to 150 sq. ft. The work area is 24 by 38 in. Larger items may be accommodated on the machine by using the pass-through feature. Items 40 in. wide by any length can be engraved on the Spirit GX. Detailed instructions may also be found on how to add color to your laser engraved stone on the company's Web site.
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Universal Laser Systems manufactures a line of laser systems designed to mark and engrave brick, stone, tile, pavers, ceramic tile, glass blocks, marble, granite, solid surface and many other materials. The line is suitable for personalizing brick, tile and stone to recognize an individual or commemorate an event; producing "in memoriam" walls, walks and paths; dedicating building and garden entranceways; creating home and patio décor accents; and producing fundraising bricks for schools, hospitals, libraries and other organizations. Universal's laser systems can reportedly reproduce any type of lettering, logo, signature, artwork or photo. The systems are available with engraving table sizes ranging from 16 by 12 in. to 48 by 24 in. and with laser power from 10 to 400 watts.
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