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How Do I Choose the Best 3D Engraving Machine?

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  • Written By: Carrieanne Larmore
  • Edited By: Nancy Fann-Im
  • Last Modified Date: 15 September 2018
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Choosing the best 3d engraving machine requires defining the business's needs, comparing features, obtaining testimonials and reviewing its warranty. These machines are available in a variety of sizes featuring different abilities, with some only made for specialty engravings; for instance, there are 3d engraving machines made just for woodworking. A 3d engraving machine can be a significant investment for any business, so it is important to select one that will be appropriate for the intended usage.

A business plan should be developed that details the types of projects, materials and workload expected of this 3d engraving machine. For instance, if the business needs a 3d engraving machine for engraving wood, then looking at machines specializing in glass will be a waste of time. The three basic sizes that are available to meet the demand of different workloads are the desktop, mid-range and industrial. Some features that are useful for commercial activities are a high-speed scanner, user-friendly software, and the ability to handle large-sized materials. Other factors to consider include whether the machine is portable or has a protected laser head or a maintenance-free laser optical path.

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Comparison shopping is important, and obtaining information from the manufacturer’s website will provide the most accurate details. If purchasing the 3d engraving machine locally, inquire about viewing samples produced from each machine or if a live demonstration can be done. Video demonstrations are also generally available online for popular models. Extensibility options are also valuable, so that as the business grows the machine can grow with it. For instance, it may be important to have the ability to upgrade to a five-axis spindle for more elaborate 3d engravings.

It may be helpful to obtain testimonials or reviews from other businesses using each 3d engraving machine. Ask them how long they have been using this product, whether they feel it was a good investment and whether they would make this purchase again if given the choice. Reviews can also be obtained through websites where users discuss their experiences with particular models or provide formal reviews. A local sales representative may also be a valuable source of information.

Warranty and guarantees are an important necessity when making an investment of this magnitude. The warranty should be for at least one year to cover manufacturer defects. Extended warranties should also be considered in case of malfunction or servicing needed outside the first year. While money-back guarantees are not commonly available for these machines, it may be wise to inquire about the return policy.

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