Lasers have always been popular in the awards/trophy, signage, and woodworking industries. However, as this exciting technology becomes more available and accessible, laser owners and users are finding new ways to profit from these versatile tools.
From commercial industrial marking applications, to consumer-focused artistic creations, to prototyping, the popularity of laser engraving/cutting systems is expanding across all kinds of industries.
In this presentation, we'll take a look at three different laser owner/operators to learn how they are using cutting/engraving technology, how they incorporated lasers into their current operations, the learning curves that come with adopting this type of equipment, as well as best practices for maximizing production.
- Learn how different industries are utilizing laser cutting/engraving systems
- Understand hat features business owners look for most when selecting a laser engraving/marking system
- Learn the differences between incorporating a laser into an existing business v. purchasing a laser to start a business
- Discover best practices for marking on different substrates
James Stanaway is the director of marketing for Epilog Laser and has been with the company for over 16 years. In this time Stanaway has greatly strengthened the marketing efforts not only for Epilog, but he has implemented many programs and resources for Epilog Laser users and customers to help build their brand, expand their business, and better understand all the applications they can do with their laser system.
A former software localization engineer and bus driver, Joel now focuses (ha!) on creating stationery and signage for Platypus Papers, a custom stationery shop in Erie, Colorado. While their specialty is laser-cut wedding invitations, they also create made-to-order table numbers, cake toppers, living-hinge boxes, and a variety of other event collateral using their Epilog laser and other computer-controlled tools.
Raised in Colorado and instilled with a love of computers, Joel has found great joy in using a precision laser to further his creations. He is also Vice President of The Gizmo Dojo, a makerspace in Broomfield.
A life long maker and entrepreneur Rich started his first business a real estate development company when he was just 20 years old which is still in operation today.
In 2011, Rich brought five of his friends in Kansas City together to form The Steel Table Group. With several patents pending, the Group continues to pitch product ideas for licensing. Rich has been involved with the Maker movement for more than a decade participating in both the Bay Area and Kansas City Maker Faires.
In 2014 Rich along with his long time friend and business partner Curt McMillan co-founded Make48 where they use state of the art tools to help inventors take a product idea from napkin drawing to an actual working prototype in 48 hours. Make48 can now be seen on public television across the country.