10 questions you should ask before buying a laser

Watch this exclusive video series for advice on how to choose the right laser machine for your business.

Video guide: What to consider when starting a laser business

Starting your own laser engraving business? With its broad system capabilities and ability to process a wide array of material types and sizes, a laser is an ideal piece of equipment to get you started. But before you decide to invest in a laser system, there are a few things you should consider. We have summed up the most important issues and gathered answers to provide you with a comprehensive guide that will help you determine which laser system is the right one for you.

Question 1: What would you like to do with a laser machine?

One of the most important and first questions you should ask yourself is what you want to achieve with your new laser. Are you looking to start a business? What kind of products do you want to produce? Are you looking to make improvements to your exisitng business? What are your goals? Additionally, if you already have customers with certain requirements, you'll want to be sure you consider them. 

Question 2: How large should the work area be?

In this video session, you'll get an explanation of the numerous advantages that come with a bigger laser machine and work area. The larger the machine, the more productive and flexible you are because you save loading and unloading times, and you can process at high speed for a longer time.

Question 3: What laser power do I need?

When you are looking for a new laser machine you have to consider the size and material of the object and the application you intent to do. Watch this video and learn why laser power is a crucial factor and what advantages come along with higher laser power.

Question 4: What are the costs of a laser system?

What ongoing costs should you consider when investing in a laser system?  This video will explain why it is important to keep an eye on the total costs of ownership and which factors, like machine configuration and throughput, have an impact on the total invest.

Question 5: Which services do the different laser manufacturers offer before the purchase?

This video goes into more detail about pre-sales services you should expect from your laser manufacturer. Besides finding the right machine, you should also look for samples made from the potential manufacturer, and if possible, visit the company for a live demo.

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Question 6: What can I expect from the after-sales service offered by the various manufacturers?

In this video session, you'll learn about after sales services, and what services you may want to make sure you can access. No matter where you are located, you should always get fast support by phone, remote, or directly on-site at you company. Maintenance videos can give clear instructions that have a positive effect on the lifetime of the machine.

Question 7: How easy is the operation of the laser?

Peter Brandtner, our Head of Trotec Academy and Application Competence Center explains to you how easy and intuitive it is to use a laser – from design to finished product. Learn more about what to take care about that eases the work with the laser in your daily business.

Question 8: Can the manufacturer still support me if my product portfolio expands?

In this video session, you'll get an overview of various laser accessories you can use to broaden your porcessing capabilities and grow your business, and an explanation of why it is worth investing in a laser system that can be expanded if your needs change.

Question 9: Do I invest in an integrated system?

Watch this video to get an understanding of the advantages of partnering up with a laser manufacturer that offers an integrated system consisting of laser machine, laser software and exhaust system.

Question 10: What do I have to consider when setting up the laser machine?

It's important to consider what you'll need for the initial set up. When finding the right place for your machine, you need to think about the size and weight of the laser machine, and other basic ergonomics like having enough space to load and unload the laser, and environmental conditions like temperature, humidity or dust from other machines.

The manufacturer should support you not only with the safe transport of the machine to your premise, and offer some kind of initial training.

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