Application example: Laser-engraved ballpoint pen with surcharge for laser engraving
An example application is high quality ball point pens whith a personalised laser engraving. These are usually sold for around £15, but can be purchased for as little as £1.50 depending on their quality. Within the laser industry the costs are usually calculated at £1 per minute to cover the laser time. There are a number of factors affecting laser cost, including different graphics and the length of time to engrave the piece. These can be quickly quantified in terms of costs.
In this example a ballpoint pen costs 25p per piece and the laser cost is 15 seconds for the laser engraving. When taking labour costs into consideration, it is very easy to see that you can make good money with personalising products.