"I had intended to buy a flexx unit from the start. In saying that, isn’t that what Trotec sells, the idea of being able to use their products seamlessly?”
Mr. Matsuda also accessed a number of websites to compare the laser engravers of other manufacturers. However, what settled matters was the fact that Trotec offered both a CO2 laser and a fiber laser in the same unit. “With the flexx, one strength is the ability to trial both laser formats. For example, even on the same stone, the finish that is delivered by the CO2 and fiber lasers is totally different.” With the CO2 laser, if stone ends up being over-processed, it can melt and crumble. That creates a finish that does not look good. What is more, even if you try and coat it afterwards you end up with a bumpy finish. As such, when engraving the surface of tombstones, we make use of both types. We tape up the surface with masking tape, and then engrave the masked areas using the CO2 laser. Over the top of that, we then use the fiber laser on the stone.