Example: Laser-Engraved Ballpoint Pen
High-quality metal ballpoint pens are a popular gift item, and they can be purchased for as little as CAD $5.00 per pen. Typically, suppliers will incorporate quantity discounts into their price lists. Therefore, the higher the quantity of pens purchased, the lower the unit price. As a general rule of thumb, a laser operator's per minute laser processing cost is CAD $1.50. Oftentimes, metal ballpoint pens are sold for CAD $20 or more. Even when accounting for labour costs, high margins can be realized.
Assuming that the engraving on a pen is limited to 20 seconds (i.e., to engrave a name), the total cost for each personalized pen is CAD $5.50. A Speedy 400 laser system can fit all 150 pieces on it's 24" x 40" work area, and you therefore don't need to engrave the pens in multiple batches. In addition, the Speedy 400 can more efficiently process a single batch of 150 pens than it can each unit separately. Where it would take approximately 50 minutes to engrave each pen individually, it would only take 15 minutes to engrave all of them! The entire job would take only 30 minutes, given that it takes you an an additional 15 minutes to position the pens in a jig and remove them when laser processing is complete.